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In all honestly my race has never been something I thought much of Ive always known I was white but it never really meant anything to me In class weve discussed the privileges of being white and while Ive never been oblivious to these things Ive also never thought about them so extensively Being white to me was never a privilege it was just something that happened to me I dont really feel connected to my white skin I feel connected to the Irish heritage that resulted in my white skin and the family that loves me that has the same white skin as me To me being white didnt make me who I am today In class after the privilege walk someone made a point that really explained my thoughts on being white exactly She said I felt like I should apologize for being white but at the same time I didnt ask for this Thats one of the things I hate most about being white the fact that Im made to feel bad maybe not intentionally about something I have no control over While I obviously reap the benefits of being born with white skin nowhere along my life did I ask for these benefits While I certainly do expect some benefits that are generally associated with being white I dont expect them because Im white but because Im human Peggy McIntosh compiled a list of privileges and a lot of them seemed to be things everyone should expect because they are human For example having neighbors treat you kindly not being followed around in a store and not having the color of your skin affect how a court sees you McIntosh 1 I identify myself as Irish In class there was mention of why white people always point out that theyre something other than white and thats because Im much more than the color of my skin
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