Years ago some feminist on the Internet told me I was “privileged.” I came from the kind of poor that people don’t want to believe still exists in this country. Have you ever spent a frigid northern-Illinois winter without heat or running water? I have. At 12 years old were you making ramen noodles in a coffee maker with water you fetched from a public bathroom? I was. This is actually a much nicer trailer setup than the one I grew up in. So when that feminist told me I had “white privilege,” I told her that my white skin didn’t do shit to prevent me from experiencing poverty. After one reads McIntosh’s powerful essay, it’s impossible to deny that being born with white skin in America affords people certain unearned privileges in life that people of other skin colors simply are not afforded. “I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.” I do understand that McIntosh’s essay may rub some people the wrong way. 10.
• Racisme, sexisme, homophobie, transphobie...