White Whine, a Property of Privilege *LINK*
Posted By: Ayinde In Response To: You're Welcome (Akymanah)
Date: Friday, 30 July 2004, at 9:05 p.m.
In Response To: You're Welcome (Akymanah)
Extract: Reflections on the Brain-Rotting Properties of Privilege
by Tim Wise
That's what privilege is, for all those who constantly ask me what I mean when I speak of white privilege. It's the ability to presume that your reality is the reality; that your experiences, if white, are universal, and not particular to your racial identity.
It's the ability to assume that you belong and that others will presume that too; the ability to define reality for others, and expect that definition to stick (because you have the power to ensure that it becomes the dominant narrative).
And it's the ability to ignore all evidence to the contrary, claim that you yourself are the victim, and get everyone from the President to the Supreme Court to the average white guy on the street to believe it.
It is Times New Roman font, one inch margins, left hand justified. In other words, it is the default position on the computer of American life. And it has rendered vast numbers of its recipients utterly incapable of critical thought.
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