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Topics: Black people, Race and Ethnicity, White people Pages: 3 (867 words) Published: June 9, 2015
Nicie Prince
Interracial Communication
Critical Essay

Peggy McIntosh creates an interesting opinion on the invisible impact on the white privileged in the United States in her article, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. Given that Peggy is also from the same race what she writes about brings a very interesting perspective to what she says. McIntosh claims there are white people who refuse to see that their color puts them at an advantage even though they agree others are at a disadvantage. I agree that people with privileges can be oblivious to it, but I do not agree that lessing or taking away the privileges of the privileged is the only solution to making it more equal to the unprivileged. An increase of opportunity to the unprivileged is a solution also.

Throughout the article McIntosh admits that the word "privilege" may be the wrong term to call it, but the phrases, "earned strength and unearned power", maybe a better fit. Unearned power is another way of saying dominance, implying that being white in a system that caters to white people gives them dominance over other races. Even though this dominance is may not be as apparent, it is invisible. Peggy calls it the Invisible Knapsack. According to Webster, a knapsack is a canvas, nylon, or leather bag for clothes, food, and other supplies, carried on the back by soldiers, hikers, etc. In other words, Peggy states that white privileged is an invisible package of unearned assets she can cash in each day with special provisions, maps, codebooks, clothes and blank checks.

Being an African American woman, in my experience and from learning from other people with my same race experience is that there are a lot of things that white people do not have to deal with, but yet do not realize others do. McIntosh even give a list from her perspective of these exact things. There's an unconscious stereotype that black people are less financially stable than their white...
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