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What is a privilege to you Perhaps it could be something someone else thinks is a right Is it something that you must earn or is it automatically given to you because of your race White Privilege in America has seemed to be present ever since the Mayflower came across the Atlantic Ocean When you go to a store does a white person have to wonder if they are being racially profiled and thought to be stealing something Most of the time no we do not The white population of America does not even know how many things we do in a single day that other races cannot do without being profiled in some kind of manner With knowing that white privilege is around we as a whole can attempt to treat other races with the same standard that we treat our own raceIn White Privilege The Invisible Knapsack Peggy McIntosh the Associate Director of Wellesley Centers for Women makes a list of fifty things whites are privileged with that most people of other races are not 52 After reading this list a few times I begin to wonder how my life would be if I were of another race Perhaps I would not work for the Emergency Medical Service if I were black because I might not be accepted for the way I am even though I would be helping all races Caucasian people do not have to worry about any of the problems about being a minority race for the most part It is a rare occasion when you see someone being put down because they are white So why do we do it to other races Are we not equal McIntosh makes a statement in her article I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day McIntosh I was not even halfway into the writing before
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