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white privilege wears many hats

Does white privilege apply even to “broke white people”? From, here’s a quick yet insightful discussion of white privilege from the pov of a white woman who “came from the kind of Poor that people don’t want to believe still exists in this country.” Author Gina Crosley-Corcoran begins,

Have you ever spent a frigid northern Illinois winter without heat or running water? I have. At twelve years old, were you making ramen noodles in a coffee maker with water you fetched from a public bathroom? I was. Have you ever lived in a camper year round and used a random relative’s apartment as your mailing address? We did. Did you attend so many different elementary schools that you can only remember a quarter of their names? Welcome to my childhood.

So when that feminist told me I had ‘white privilege’, I told her that my white skin didn’t do shit to prevent me from experiencing poverty. Then, like any good , educated feminist would, she directed me to Peggy McIntosh‘s 1988 now-famous piece, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”

Read and respond to Crosely-Corcoran’s piece here.

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