White privilege is a phrase that’s used more than often these days. Those that are not affected by it, can’t relate to the systematic discrimination on the level it’s experienced by black people and other persons of color.
The term white privilege was actually coined in 1998 by Peggy McIntosh in an essay named “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women’s Studies.” The essay was later edited to form a shorter version titled “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”
McIntosh documents her personal account of white privilege while being able to live in any neighborhood of her choice and within her budget, the ability to drive peacefully without being stopped by police on just a mere suspicion and not being accused of theft while shopping.
Here are 5 instances that prove white privilege is not a harmless notion.