White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
By Peggy McIntosh
Author McIntosh’s candor and clarity of thought caught me somewhat by surprise. I have never read a fraction of the vast resource of literature and scholarly works on the subject of race, but I have read enough to know that many Americans, including many white Americans like myself, are not only able to say with certainty racism is still with us, but exactly why, and how destructive it is for all of us in this great democracy of ours. My personal experience is largely anecdotal, but I have lots of it.
If you are or have ever been curious how crudely medieval views on race and culture have survived to the twenty-first century, a deadly virus in a modern world of both miracle antibiotics and people who choose not to take them, I think you will find Mcintosh’s full article a refreshingly clear read.
The link to Peggy McIntosh’s excellent article, and my own short comments that I posted to her article there, are all in Commentary.
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