White privilege is not having people assume your parents do not love you because you were born female to a Chinese family. White privilege is not having to defend yourself against people who assume you were almost aborted when your parents found out you have two X chromosomes. White privilege is not being cut off when you try to explain that your parents love you very much, because the white person speaking to you has watched one or two documentaries about how much the Chinese hate their female children, and that makes them much more qualified to dictate the entire nation’s attitude towards women than someone who actually is a Chinese woman.
White privilege is not having your family’s support and love for you invalidated because everyone knows “your people” can’t possibly love their daughters.
White privilege is being able to wear jeans to a baby shower and not immediately be mistaken for “the help” by the first woman who walks in. (For what it’s worth, several guests were wearing jeans, but no one else was wearing jeans while Asian.)
White privilege is being able to lend a hand in the kitchen, while wearing said jeans, and not being told to “bring me something to drink”.
White privilege is not being able to understand why I then proceed to give you the cold shoulder the rest of the afternoon.
White privilege is pretending to be from Afghanistan to send a “joke” to an airline that you’re planning on planting a bomb. Everyone is threatening to refund their tickets and panicking because all they see is a brown Arab terrorist. When the airline submits your information to the FBI you straight away admit you are white dutch and beg the airline not to do anything, suddenly the whole world is at your side and mocks the FBI for arresting a teenager on a “harmless joke”.
White privilege is not having creepy older men with an Asian fetish feel entitled to you. From as young as the age of 12, creepy white men would approach me and say they want to rape me, or that I could be their cute Japanese school girl.
White privilege is never being embarrassed or ashamed to apply for welfare, because you’re afraid people will assume you are just another PoC “welfare queen” who sits on their butt all day.
White privilege is complaining of “media bias” when a journalist decides to speak up against the inhumane and illegal treatment of asylum seekers in Australia. White privilege is then demanding the journalist be taken off the air for having such “disgusting” and “brainwashing” views.
White privilege is never having to worry about people who look like you being misrepresented or underrepresented on Broadway. It’s not feeling that you have to be pushed to take certain roles because of restrictions that companies put on you because of your race. It’s being able to try out—and get—literally any role you want regardless of what race the character is.
It’s not feeling offended or uncomfortable at shows like Madame Butterfly or Miss Saigon. It’s not wondering why there aren’t more people of your demographic in entertainment. And when your people are represented, it’s not usually as a hurtful stereotype or token background character.
White privilege is not consistently being denied your femininity.
White privilege is British tabloid newspapers like the Daily Mail deliberately posting articles on their websites that portray “normal” women of colour as cheating the welfare system, being the girlfriends of criminals, or fundamentalist Muslims who also hate Britain. Whereas “normal” white women are often portrayed as being victims in some sense - of the police, incompetent government departments, or even the supposedly “evil” people of colour.
White privilege is pretending to flatter female celebrities of colour in articles that say that they’re “beautiful and aspiring to model for Victoria’s Secret,” but purposely showing the most unflattering pictures of them they can find, in order to basically troll for a racist reaction from their racist right-wing readers about how “unattractive with that Afro” and “angry” a black woman looks, how “Victoria’s Secret would have to lower their standards!”, and “Beautiful? Daily Mail, you must be kidding us”. White privilege is an article with 10 pictures of Beyonce, all of which show her frowning or yelling, but supposedly about her rise to the top.
But when it’s a white celebrity woman being shown, the site will always show the best pictures of her they can find - magazine covers or photo shoots on the beach or ones where she’s looking happy and smiling - and, *shockingly*, the comments never contain comments about her race or grounded in racial stereotypes, but are more along the lines of “Blonde and slim - perfect 10!”, “Eastern European Woman are the best,” or “Sexiest woman alive.”
White privilege is being able to read a fucking news site (yes I like celebrity news, doesn’t mean I signed up for racism too) without experiencing the same stupid dehumanisation, denial of femininity and outright racism that you get from the media everywhere else.
White privilege is white women’s “femininity” and beauty being cherished, valued, and seen as innocent, pure and “classic” while women of colour are lucky if they’re seen as “exotic” and reduced to fetishizing stereotypes, and more often than not just simply mocked for having the very idea that they could be considered as beautiful as a white woman. White privilege is women of colour not just being stripped of their humanity time and time again, but their femininity as part of that.
White privilege is white men talking about getting their “yellowbelts,” speaking about women of colour as if they’re worth less than animals, but also saying stuff like “I’d only marry a white girl.”
White privilege is being able to watch let’s play videos on youtube without having to hear the commentators make random racist remarks, jokes and impressions of PoC.
White privilege is when you don’t get ask by your teacher if you are in ESL and need a translator even though he has heard me speak fluent English and then proceeds to ask if I speak Chinese
White privilege is when conspiracy theorists, such as David Icke and Alex Jones, can make a career, sell venues/books, create TV/radio shows, and get invited at universities to talk about aliens, shape-shifting reptilians, virtual moons and still be taken seriously. Whereas if POC (a lot of whose knowledge and history is appropriated) articulate these same theories, they’d be mocked, vilified and ignored.
White privilege is the prevalence and importance of the English language and finding amusement in ridiculing English-second-language POC/immigrants for their accents.
White Privilege is when your idea of assimilation simply requires you to limit the amount of times you say “like” in a business setting.
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White privilege is not hoping your voice sounds “white” enough while on the phone with a real estate/mortgage company so they will take you seriously or so they won’t toss your application for a housing grant.