White privilege is real. Does it apply to someone like me? Well, less so than it does to someone who also has economic privilege but it still does.
Does it mean it’s equal for all white people? No. Some people barely have any white privilege at all. Homeless people for example.
Yet, even there: It’s better to be homeless and white with regards to the systems in place than it is to be homeless and non-white.
Even THERE it’s important to note it’s “not every case”. These are gross generalizations.
It’s like generalizations of women. “Women are: [results from a random web search”]
Personality Traits: Women are supposed to be shy, passive and submissive. …
Domestic Behaviors: Women are supposed to cook and do housework. …
Occupations: Women are supposed to have “clean” jobs such as teachers, nurses, secretaries and librarians.
Are all women like that? No. Yet, there’s the “make me a sandwich!” joke. Is this pointing to a deeper reality about women or a deeper reality about how society perceives women?
It’s a messy issue, and it’s understandable that many white people don’t want to face it and instead fight it. It doesn’t make any white people look good but it’s not our fault either. I never felt any “guilt” over it… never understood the “white guilt” memes. I don’t mind being white. Seems to be easier ’cause some people who aren’t white are saying it’s harder for them. Maybe it’s not and they’re lying. But maybe it is.