Most of these oppositions take this form
person1.- White privilege = The unexamined advantages white people have over people of color given the same social and economic conditions. (My crude attempt a a pithy definition, for this example)
Person 2.- Privilege means = http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/privilege, but I’ve never had any advantages, therefore your argument is invalid.
Pointing out that white privilege as a concept is being dismissed by narrowing down the definition of half the words and refusing to accept how idiomatic turns of phrase are helpful in describing real life situations is not the same as ignoring an argument made against white privilege as a concept.
If you care to make that argument, do so, i have not come across anybody that does that yet.
The social phenomenon, I don’t care if we all agree to change white privilege to a brand new word like “bulterfink”, I’ve latched on to the one which seems to be getting some traction.
I wasn’t clear enough in my reply, I meant that people who get hung up on the word privilege and or take offense at its use do so because they resist the truth in the argument. It is a derail.
Not opposed to this in principle. But why must you insist that if we bring black people two steps forward must we also, and as a precondition, bring white people forward one step as well. Black people will still be several steps back.
Now this may not be your meaning, Just pointing out that in the context of this conversation, asking things to be fair for everybody is to miss the point of it.
Agreed. However, I do think that exposing how deep racism is embedded in todays culture (And this is worldwide) goes a long way to doing something about it.
A lot of people think they are not racist, are not racist, hope that racism ends and still uncritically participate in the system that allows discrimination to continue.
I believe that accepting the idea of white privilege allows you to view not the racism in your heart and mind but the way its been enshrined in systems, culture and traditions.
I also believe that white privilege is a bit clumsy, but its also widely accepted and that makes it useful to talk about somehting that has gone unacknowledged for too long.