It has been four days since our class discussion about Peggy McIntosh's article "White Privilege", and after taking some time to step back and think more about the topic at hand I realized white privilege will not fade. This whole idea that "If it ain't White, it ain't right" is here to stay. And while that may seem like a grim outlook on society's progression, it is fact, white privilege is a staple in American society. It is the basis of American society. There are too many aspects of life in America that give its white citizens an unfair advantage over all other ethnic groups. And I firmly believe that while Peggy McIntosh is an exception to the rule, White Americans will not forfeit the privileges that have been embedded within.
I work at Nickelodeon Universe. The amusement park that is in the middle of the Mall of America. I am a ride operator and work primarily with the smaller children that come to the park. I am fairly new to this position, yet I have already seen rather interesting displays of white privilege. For example, offering cash to allow their children to ride rides that are not designated for them (i.e. height, physical ability, etc). I feel as though it is assumed that I can be "bought" or "bribed" into breaking the rules JUST for their child; no one else's. Forget the fact that the rules about which rides certain children can ride are in place for safety and quality of experience while at the park, that does not appear to matter. Yet, if some ill-fated occurrence were to happen on a ride that was not for their child to begin with I would be at fault and they would be appeased.
It tickles me to know that there are people who believe that they are the exceptions to the rules, period. However, I have noticed that this belief system is at the core of white privilege. And while it is more apparent in some people than others that belief of being the exception to the rules is embedded in white privilege and will not be forfeited.