White privilege is getting to dress in revealing clothing and having it described as “trying to be trendy” or “hipster” or “stylish” while a WoC wearing the same thing would be labeled a “slut.”
It is not having your “slutty” way of dressing (or manner of being?) “explained” by your heritage. (ie; Oh you are taught to value yourselves only for your bodies from a very young age!)
White privilege is getting called out on all the racist bullshit that you’ve said about Latinas being raised to be whores, and about me and my cousins being whores, and getting to be the victim once it all gets into the open.
…because I “am a whore anyway.”
It is also breaking up a family, and not having to deal with stereotypes of being a ho, or a hypersexual WoC, or a gold-digger.
AllMyThoughts222.tumblr.com if you have any questions
White privilege is being able to give birth to your child in a hospital where nurses treat you like a deserving parent and don’t leave you alone for hours because they’re uncomfortable coming into a delivery room full of brown women.
White privilege is thinking you get nothing when talking about all of the scholarship opportunities minorities get.
White privilege is being able to blame your bad review from your internship on the fact that the people who you were interning under were all PoC and no one questions it but rather agree and empathize.
However, if the complainant was a PoC then people would say that they are lazy or they must have misunderstood and that they should work harder.
Submission from totes-obvi-bro
White privilege is being able to say that the media puts race into everything in order to distract us from “real” issues. It’s saying that Renisha McBride and Trayvon Martin and so many other people died for a cause completely unrelated to race.
It’s being able to see our sons and daughters killed based on a stereotype that THEY made and being able to say, “Ugh, why are they making it about race again?”
Because it is. Just because you want to remain blind to the fact that our troubles didn’t stop in 1863, doesn’t mean we get that same luxury.
White privilege is not having your skin referred to as “similar to a terrorist’s.” Also, white privilege is not bothering to recognize the difference between Middle Eastern and South Asian.
White Privilege is people assuming your mother can’t possibly be a good mother to you because she has tan skin.
I am a light-skinned Filipino with not a drop of White Blood in me, and lived in the Philippines for most of my life. My light skin was from my Chinese-Filipino father, and my mother has some Japanese relatives from her mother’s side. Everywhere I went, I had people adore me and my light skin, praising it like it was this special gift from God and they would sneer at my mother whenever she held my hand or helped me. They didn’t know a single thing about us, and yet they knew somehow that I was the one to be cherished, adored, and valued over my other relatives who weren’t as light as me.
Countless times when I was young (as young as three), I was asked multiple times if my mother was my maid, nanny, or servant. No matter how casual or formal her attire was, how nice she was, or how much money she spent, this question always came up. And every time I told them she was my mother, they would give that same, horrible sneer.
"Oh, how terrible it must be for such a beautiful child. A mother like that!" I remember one nasty woman said.
Yes, poor me for having a mother who has an IQ of 167, became a lawyer by age 22, and provided me with everything I could ask for. My mother who practically raised me and my brothers by herself because my father was a highly-demanded engineer and was rarely home. A woman who grew up in a one bedroom home, where she and her seven siblings slept in the living room with no air conditioning or any comfort other than a thin blanket to rest on, and now financially supports her five kids, herself, her mother, and several of her brothers that had sustained farm injuries and can no longer work. A hard working woman with the tenderness of a Saint, and was so special that after the divorce, my father laughed at the audacious idea of ever dating another woman because no woman could compare to my mother. A mother who loved me when I told her I was bisexual, taught me I was worth more than my looks, and helped me when I was being abused by an ex-boyfriend.
Yet all they see is her dark skin and with their White Supremacist mind-set, they already know she’s no good for me. This was our own people, our own country, and yet they believed in the power of Whiteness more than anything my mother had to offer to the world…
Sorry if my English isn’t as great as some of the posts usually presented at this blog. While I have gotten better at the language and the usage while living in the US for almost a year, I still make multiple mistakes.
White Privilege is not having to attend an ESL (English Second language) classes even though you were born, raise and speak the language of country dominated by white society fluently and not be considered Australian just because I look Chinese, yet a British migrant can call herself Australian and celebrate Australia day because she passes the standards of being white.
White privilege is feeling the need to lightly touch the shoulder of my Muslim friend, and tell her, “I know you came from Iraq recently (Iran…) but your in America now. You don’t have to be Muslim anymore! You’re free!” and walk away knowing you’ve done your good deed for the day. White privilege is essentially not having people try to save you from your religion from the rest of your life.
White privilege is not attracting the unwanted attention of a white police officer who has stopped at a red light and proceeds to stare fixedly at you (while you have a simple conversation on your phone with a friend for company while waiting for the bus home from work) before he abandons his vehicle and interrogates you, all while simultaneously invading your space.
Submission from vespertine-doe.tumblr.com
White privilege is your white boyfriend continuously refusing to acknowledge your race no matter how much you tell him how it’s important to you. White privilege is your white boyfriend trying to give a colorblind excuse and say that all he sees is a human being instead of trying to understand that you are a member of a race and how it affects you.
Mod note: Why the hell are you still with this dude?
White privilege is being called out on your casual racism by your poc friend and responding with ‘no, you’re a racist’. As if racism is a casual joke to throw around, rather than an institution that oppresses millions. As if the very worst thing about racism is the thought that you, as a white person, might be accused of it.
White privilege is having a “normal” last name. White privilege is not having others snub your family name simply because they cannot pronounce it. Your ignorance doesn’t make my culture wrong.