the phrase “white privilege” is used because it’s the least potentially offensive phrasing. [this is from 1996]
Small survey (n=371) but not unacceptable. [we’ve all seen studies down to 12 people that end up being frequently cited, giving them impact, whether justified or not, as I prefer studies like this to be much larger].
I think White was chosen utilizing multicultural sensitivities.
WASP would be the more accurate term. WASP privilege. But white people generally don’t self-identify as WASP but will self-identify as white, so the less-offensive term was used (my hypothesis) as per multicultural respect. [as it existed in the mid-90s academia]