Saturday, September 19, 2015

White Privilege McIntosh

1. "They may say they will work to women's statues, in the society, the university, or the curriculum, but they can't or won't support the idea of lessening men's."

This quote explains how men and women do not have the same "rights" in society. Men may say that they will support women and their abilities but at the same time they go and say how much stronger or better they really are. I believe McIntosh is trying to prove a point by using this quote, that men sometimes won't give up there pride almost to make themselves equal to girls. 

2. "I think whites are carefully taught not to recognize white privilege, as males are taught not to recognize male privilege. So I have begun in an untutored way to ask what it is like to have white privilege."

McIntosh explains how white people are basically blind by the privileges that they may have. They do not realize all of the possibilities that occur in there lives. McIntosh explains how white people are so oblivious and they need to change that wall that they are hiding behind so they can see what is really going on and the problems that are occurring. 

3. "For this reason, the word "privilege" now seems to me misleading. We usually think of privilege as being a favored state, whether earned or conferred by birth or luck. Yet some of the conditions I have described here work systematically to over empower certain groups. Such privilege simply confers dominance because of one's race or sex."

This quote explains how the word privilege is not even what it used to mean anymore. It is starting to turn into something to describe race or sex. We as a whole society empower certain groups and those are the "norms" that we follow. McIntosh is basically explaining how as a group we need to break  out of those norms are we are never going to get anywhere and we are all going to stay hiding behind a wall. 


  1. I really enjoyed reading what you had to say!! I agree with everything you said!

  2. I like the image you provided, really goes along well with your response on white privilege

  3. Hi Sydnei, you really mentions the main three keys for Mcintosh in her article, i agree with you we have to do something to change this bad meaning for privilege, that hurts and destroy other people lives.

  4. I really enjoyed reading the points you made. I actually really liked the third quote and how you explained it.

  5. i like the picture i found it a little funny but also very true.