White privilege is Jennifer Lawrence’s status as America’s BFF cemented by getting wasted at the Oscars and vomiting in a drunken stupor at Madonna’s party. This is celebrated “real person” behaviour, down-to-earth and adorable by the general public. I’m pretty sure the same plaudits would not be extended to fellow nominees Gabourey Sidibe and Jennifer Hudson if they did the same.
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White privilege is thinking one’s university is diverse for having 2-3 individuals of color per class.
White privilege is not having your ethnicity questioned.
I am first-generation American. My parents came to this country from Africa so it only makes sense that I identify with my African heritage. I speak the language, eat the food, and practice traditions. So when I say I do not identify with African-American culture because it IS different from mine it doesn’t matter because “We’re all black anyway” right? Yet the second someone calls you white you correct them and say, “I’m Irish/Italian/Scottish/etc.” then all of a sudden the differentiation matters.
White privilege isn’t having a tv station ran by your own race have morning shows dedicated to how to make yourself look “whiter” or have a smaller nose and show you numerous methods of basically erasing your race.
White privilege is a white feminist calling the term “Persons of Colour” “ridiculous” in a discussion that’s meant to be about the way POC are portrayed on reality TV. When she is called out by an Asian woman and has it explained to her why calling the way we describe ourselves “ridiculous” is problematic, she accuses the Asian woman of being “ridiculous herself,” “shit-stirring,” and “deliberately misconstruing what I said”, despite the fact that all the other girl has done is politely share her perspective and ask the white feminist to be more considerate in future.
Another white feminist then tells the POC to “calm down”.
White privilege is never having your beauty excused for “being Korean”. It is never having someone decide you’re only pretty because of your half Korean blood in you. White privilege is never being asked if you have any older Korean brothers that they can drool over. White privilege is never having someone dehumanize and fetishize yourself and your family, and being told that your genetic makeup is “so exotic and a beautiful mix.”
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 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 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 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.