It’s hard, in any context, to accept that you are different than others, set apart by something, no matter if that something is your mannerisms, your likes and dislikes, or the colour of your skin. Perhaps this is why we, as upper class, elite, “white” people, find said term, white, so difficult to use when confronting racism. We as people don’t like to recognize that the colour of our skin gives us advantages over common man; after all, it seems like a really nice story, that everything we’ve achieved in life can be accredited to hardwork and determination. I’ve always personally believed that I’ve gotten where I am in life thanks purely to the work I’ve put in, and only recently have I started to realize that there are most definitely other things at play. That’s not to say that hard work has nothing to do with it; it does, definitely, but there’s a huge pool of opportunity that most white people don't consider. As Balkissoon points out, “as cards are dealt in the hand of life, white is a good one to get” (Balkissoon, 2016 n.p.). And as things go, it’s true. Being white gives you a lot of privileges in society that you don’t even consider on a day to day basis. The ones that you do consider are those that tend to give the impression that maybe, just maybe, you have the thing known as white privilege. But there’s that word again. White. It’s a scary word, alluding that you’ve got power because of your skin. But, you can't possibly, because you aren’t racist, so you can't have white privilege. Everyone’s equal in today’s society, you know. The beliefs of one, “bad apple” racist are just that, the beliefs of one, and aren’t comparable to the majority of our racially just society. Skin colour doesn’t affect your success and failure, it’s always about who works the hardest and strives the most. At least, that's the common rebuttal the majority of people seem to believe. And who can blame them? Afterall, let's face it, who wants to admit they’ve got a one up in life because of their skin colour? That’s just racist, right?
Balkissoon, D (2016). Whiteness is a racial construct. It's time to take it apart.
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