An Illustration of White Privilege

So, there’s been a lot of talk about race around the religious blogosphere. And every so often the term “white privilege” is thrown out. All the people of color in the conversation nod and agree, all the queer folks nod hesitantly because if they don’t get it, they know the “heterosexual privlilege” which is kind of similar. And there’s always a couple of white people who Don’t Get It. And I’m always at a loss on how to explain it to them. 

I was flipping through my DVD collection last night and came across the delightfully campy film Wild, Wild West starring the delightfully hot Will Smith. In that film, Jim West and Dr. Arliss Loveless have an insult sniping contest.

All of Dr. Loveless’ insults are with regards to Jim West’s skin color.

All of Jim West’s insults are with regards to…

 …ha, bet you thought I was going to say skin color, nu? Nope. They’re with regards to the fact he’s in a wheelchair.

Sit here right now and try and think of how many insults you know for white people that solely reference their skin color.

Now think about how many times you’ve heard those insults in the last ten years, in popular culture, in the media, in conversation.

Now think about how many insults you know for people of color that solely reference their skin color.

Now think about how many times you’ve heard those insults in the last year, in popular culture, in the media, in conversation.

Yeah, that’s part of white privilege right there.

(ETA: I don’t have to say that using those insults in the comment box will result in immediate deletion with extreme prejudice, right? Use your own blog for that.)

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  1. Every so often I run into one of those discussions on white privilege where the people involved just do. Not. Get. It. They think it implies a belief that all white people are rich. *headdesk* No. If you’re poor and white, you still have white privilege, and you’re still better treated by our society than someone who is poor and not white. But they don’t wanna hear it.