A new Pew Research Center survey finds profound differences between black and white Americans in how they view the current state of race relations and racial equality and in the ways they experience day-to-day life.
The concept of privilege dates back to when American sociologist and historian W. Du Bois published the essay The Souls of Black Folkin which he wrote that although African Americans were observant about white Americans and conscious of racial discriminationwhite Americans did not think much about African Americans, nor about the effects of racial discrimination.
McIntosh described white privilege as an "invisible package of unearned assets" which white people do not want to acknowledge, and which leads to them being confident, comfortable, and oblivious about racial issues, while non-white people become unconfident, uncomfortable, and alienated.
She argued that everybody has a combination of unearned advantage and unearned disadvantage, and should aim to try to see themselves in the context of societal patterns of discrimination and oppression.
Race, gender and social class are generally felt by sociologists to be the most determinative of a person's overall level of privilege.
Some such as social class are relatively stable and others, such as age, wealth, religion and attractiveness, will or may change over time.
In the context of the theory, privileged people are considered to be "the norm", and, as such, gain invisibility and ease in society, with others being cast as inferior variants. They justify this by acknowledging the acts of individuals of unearned dominance, but deny that privilege is institutionalized as well as embedded throughout our society.
She wrote that those who believe privilege is systemic may nonetheless deny having personally benefited from it, and may oppose efforts to dismantle it.
Instead it was partly due to a system that has developed to support them. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page.A new Pew Research Center survey finds profound differences between black and white Americans in how they view the current state of race relations and racial equality and in the ways they experience day-to-day life.
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