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The Social Currency Of White Skin Check List

Here's something that can be helpful to you who want to be an ally to people of color. McIntosh introduced this exercise in 1989. This is needed. This is important. There is a sense of urgency.
White Privilege Checklist

Peggy McIntosh, Associate Director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, describes white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets, which I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was meant to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, code books, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks (McIntosh, 1989).

The following are examples of ways white individuals have privilege because they are white. Please read the list and place a check next to the privileges that apply to you or that you have encountered. At the end, try to list at least two more ways you have privilege based on your race.

1. I can arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time. ____

2. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed. ____

3. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented. ____

4. When I am told about our national heritage or about civilization, I am shown that people of my color made it what it is. ____

5. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race. ____

6. I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the food I grew up with, into a hairdresser's shop and find someone who can deal with my hair. ____

7. Whether I use checks, credit cards, or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial responsibility. ____

8. I am not made acutely aware that my shape, bearing, or body odor will be taken as a reflection on my race. ____

9. I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking. ____

10. I can take a job or enroll in a college with an affirmative action policy without having my co-workers or peers assume I got it because of my race. ___

11. I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race. ____

12. I can choose public accommodation without fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated. ____

13. I am never asked to speak for all of the people of my racial group. ____

14. I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk with the person in charge I will be facing a person of my race. ____

15. If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven't
been singled out because of my race. ____

16. I can easily by posters, postcards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys, and children's magazines featuring people of my race. ____

17. I can choose blemish cover or bandages in flesh color and have them more or less match my skin. ____

18. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race. ____

19. I can walk into a classroom and know I will not be the only member of my race. ____

20. I can enroll in a class at college and be sure that the majority of my professors will be of my race. ____

Racial privilege is only one forms of privilege. What are other examples of privilege? (e.g., privilege based on gender, sexual orientation, class, and religion). Can you think of ways one might have privilege based on these factors? (e.g., that you do not have to worry about being verbally or physically harassed because of orientation; or you can be sure that your religious holiday will be acknowledged and represented in store displays, classroom discussions, etc.). Please list these forms of privilege.

"1989" 19.Jun.2020 23:27


pretty outdated

it's the 21st century, not 1989 any more

Out dated? 20.Jun.2020 11:04

alza miento

See, your comment is evident of white privilege. White privilege is *never* out dated. This exercise is still widely used in multicultural literacy educational institutions, trainings and workshops,but not as widely as it should be though.

The concrete fact of the matter is that white and white passing people can *overwhelmingly* answer
"Yes, this is true to my everyday experience" to this list while people of color cannot.

THAT is white privilege. Dismissing this list as "out dated" rings of white privilege.

Again, white privilege is *never* out dated.

Why I Don't Identify With Identity Politics 20.Jun.2020 16:48

Michael Katz


Engaging solely in "identity politics" diminishes the legitimacy of our words and actions. Our inherent tendency is to seek out people who are similar to us, which is perfectly understandable but also somewhat harmful. It's a textbook case of confirmation bias, meaning we peruse and interpret information that matches our preconceived notions while neglecting and disregarding any contrasting information. In other words, we're predisposed to say and do things that are within our best interests, with little-to-no regard for how other people might be affected. Once such behavior becomes evident we lose much of our ability to be objective observers and actors and consequently lose our credibility. Thus, our best course of action is to avoid pure groupthink and instead carefully and thoroughly consider which candidates maximize the benefits for us all.

You Should Definitely Read Each One In Full 21.Jun.2020 13:47

alza miento

Hey naw, not going to read this thread of comments and discussion as you suggested below in the discussion section. I perused and have seen it all before. Ridiculous. Same old argument. Same privileged white world view. Which is why we fight against this ignorance and racist oppression and all that it manifests. It is why we do our best to educate and inform, which is exactly what I did with this McIntosh.

And what diligence you show in whipping all of this out in 20 mins. Also, if you are white, kind of sounds like you are, please check your privilege. If you are not, that is a whooole other discussion.

"I perused and have seen it all before." 21.Jun.2020 15:26

mm hm sure you did

alza miento wrote -
"Same old argument"
"Same privileged white world view"
"Which is why we fight against this ignorance and racist oppression and all that it manifests"

1. "alza miento" and brains pickled in the Formaldehyde of identity politics such as his, are Ridiculous
2. "same old argument" - Racialized fragmentation is devoid of any genuine element of social protest or democratic struggle
3. "same privileged white world view" - 'alza miento' and his ilk have nothing to offer or say for social and economic grievances of millions of workers and young people of any race or ethnicity
4. See ^above

alza miento wrote -
"what diligence you show in whipping all of this out in 20 mins."

Yes I'm far more diligent and comprehensive than Ford Foundation corporate-funded BLM who arrived back to Portland Indymedia all of a sudden after 1st June 2020 to ***M the likes of 'alza miento' geniuses with their propaganda here.
You are merely incapable of either 1) comprehending or 2) refuting any of it so you resort to shallow platitudes.

alza miento wrote -
"Also, if you are white, kind of sounds like you are, please check your privilege. "

I'm not white, you have no idea what color I am or what my history as a human living on Earth is, what languages I speak, what countries I have *lived in* (for years, not 'visited' for a few weeks)
So Stop Assuming About Me Things You Have Absolutely Zero Awareness Or Knowledge Of.

it is time to check "Privilege Checking"


It is time to check privilege checking. D'Arcy discusses the concept of privilege throughout his piece and how the shift towards examining interpersonal communications and relationships has enhanced the visibility of checking people on their acquired privileges. This has its place without a doubt; people have to realize that humanity is more of an ongoing dialectic rather than particular blocks of time existing in one vacuum or the other, and the particular qualities about one's life is in many ways dependent on how that dialectic has shaken out for their community of origin. So yes, people should be made aware of how their privilege manifests in its various forms. But how do we do that? An article originally written for The Daily Mississippian that was reprinted for TIME's Ideas section seems to suggest one way that is growing in popularity: simply tell a person "check your privilege" and then wipe your hands of the situation. After all, it is now their problem, right? And you do not have time to educate anyone, because what do you look like? Google? That approach is cathartic, self-satisfying, and it even gets you pub in an international news outlet! But does it really do anything more than that? Do you remember the last time someone so harshly dismissed you? Did it make you any more likely to listen to anything that person had to say? Yeah, me neither. As D'Arcy puts it, "There is a certain optimism in the idea of 'consciousness-raising,' or the concept of 'the people,' that seems naive and unconvincing to many of today's activists. The shift from 'consciousness-raising' to 'calling out,' for instance, reflects (and encourages) a loss of confidence in the capacity of people to learn about, understand and oppose forms of inequality that do not adversely impact them as individuals." Ngoc Loan Tran suggested a different format of corrective suggestion that they termed as "calling in", where we approach those who transgress with the kind of humanity that we feel they lacked in their actions. While recognizing that calling out can still be of importance, Tran also recognizes the consequences of implementing that particular strategy in every situation. Tran, however, limits this practice to those we care about and share community with, since a rupture there can obviously have a profound effect on our efficacy as organizers (and if Tran did not make that clear, Mia McKenzie erases all doubt about the intended audience in a postscript). I love the concept, but disagree with the narrowness of scope: this should really be standard operating procedure amongst leftists. We have to recognize the difference between a mistake, a difference of opinion, and an action undertaken with harmful intent, and broadening the concept of "calling in" outside of our particular circles begins the process of doing that.

the 'social currency', revolutionary potential of Black Lives Matter 21.Jun.2020 15:44

Pepe Escobar / Gabriel Black


The Ford Foundation, one of the most powerful private foundations in the world, with close ties to Wall Street and the US government, recently announced that it is overseeing $100 million over six years to several organizations with leading roles in the BLM movement. The Ford Foundation will also provide consultancy and advisory assistance to a consortium of 14 groups associated with Black Lives Matter. Both the financing and auxiliary services are to be organized through a fund called the Black-Led Movement Fund (BLMF), which is being overseen by a firm called Borealis Philanthropy.

The Ford Foundation has for years maintained close ties to US military and intelligence agencies. A British historian of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Frances Stonor Saunders, described the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations in her book The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters as "conscious instruments of covert US policy, with directors and officers who were closely connected to, or even members of American intelligence."

The election of Barack Obama presided over a historic transfer of wealth to the financial aristocracy following the Wall Street crash of 2008. These social transformations are reflected in the political outlook of the Black Lives Matter movement, which is devoid of any genuine element of social protest or democratic struggle. The agenda of these organizations, as underscored by the support of groups like the Ford Foundation, has nothing to do with the real social and economic grievances of millions of workers and young people of any race or ethnicity. They speak for highly privileged sections of the middle class who are fighting over the distribution of wealth within the top 10 percent of the population. The decision to advance the racialist program of Black Lives Matter is aimed at dividing the working class and preventing the emergence of an independent and unified working class movement against the capitalist system.


Black Lives Matter, founded in 2013 by a trio of middle class, queer black women very vocal against "hetero-patriarchy", is a product of what University of British Columbia's Peter Dauvergne defines as "corporatization of activism".

Over the years, Black Lives Matter evolved as a marketing brand, like Nike (which fully supports it). The widespread George Floyd protests elevated it to the status of a new religion. Yet Black Lives Matter carries arguably zero, true revolutionary appeal. This is not James Brown's "Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud". And it does not get even close to Black Power and the Black Panthers' "Power to the People".

Black Lives Matter profited in 2016 from a humongous $100 million grant from the Ford Foundation and other philanthropic capitalism stalwarts such as JPMorgan Chase and the Kellogg Foundation.

The Ford Foundation is very close to the U.S. Deep State. The board of directors is crammed with corporate CEOs and Wall Street honchos. In a nutshell; Black Lives Matter, the organization, today is fully sanitized; largely integrated into the Democratic Party machine; adored by mainstream media; and certainly does not represent a threat to the 0.001%.

The sea of converts to the Black Lives Matter religion are products of the marriage between wokeness and intersectionality - the set of interlinked traits that since birth privileges heterosexual white men, now trying to expiate their guilt.

Generation Z, unleashed en masse from college campuses across the U.S. into the jobs market, is a prisoner of this phenomenon: in fact a slave to - politically correct - identity politics. And once again, carrying zero revolutionary potential.

LOL! 21.Jun.2020 15:48

alza miento

Well, you are funny, I have to give you that. You're so hypersensitive and seem to come here to fight. I don't read what you write after getting the gist of your confrontational behavior. Kind of strange. I stopped caring about what you had to say after this:

1. "alza miento" and brains pickled in the Formaldehyde of identity politics such as his, are Ridiculous
2. "same old argument" - Racialized fragmentation is devoid of any genuine element of social protest or democratic struggle
3. "same privileged white world view" - 'alza miento' and his ilk have nothing to offer or say for social and economic grievances of millions of workers and young people of any race or ethnicity
4. See ^above

I just find that humorous. And you come here with a number of aliases. I just don't care about what you have to say. You're post about Atlanta cops is not accurate, btw.