White Privilege Quotes

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Race doesn't really exist for you because it has never been a barrier. Black folks don't have that choice.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

Reni Eddo-Lodge
“White privilege is an absence of the consequences of racism. An absence of structural discrimination, an absence of your race being viewed as a problem first and foremost.”
Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Michael S. Kimmel
“To be white, or straight, or male, or middle class is to be simultaneously ubiquitious and invisible. You’re everywhere you look, you’re the standard against which everyone else is measured. You’re like water, like air. People will tell you they went to see a “woman doctor” or they will say they went to see “the doctor.” People will tell you they have a “gay colleague” or they’ll tell you about a colleague. A white person will be happy to tell you about a “Black friend,” but when that same person simply mentions a “friend,” everyone will assume the person is white. Any college course that doesn’t have the word “woman” or “gay” or “minority” in its title is a course about men, heterosexuals, and white people. But we call those courses “literature,” “history” or “political science.”

This invisibility is political.”
Michael S. Kimmel, Privilege: A Reader

Robert Jensen
“The world does not need white people to civilize others. The real White People's Burden is to civilize ourselves.”
Robert Jensen, The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism, and White Privilege

“Our police force was not created to serve black Americans; it was created to police black Americans and serve white Americans.”
Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

Michael S. Kimmel
“Take a little thought experiment. Imagine all the rampage school shooters in Littleton, Colorado; Pearl, Mississippi; Paducah, Kentucky; Springfield, Oregon; and Jonesboro, Arkansas; now imagine they were black girls from poor families who lived instead in Chicago, New Haven, Newark, Philadelphia, or Providence. Can you picture the national debate, the headlines, the hand-wringing? There is no doubt we’d be having a national debate about inner-city poor black girls. The entire focus would be on race, class, and gender. The media would doubtless invent a new term for their behavior, as with wilding two decades ago. We’d hear about the culture of poverty, about how living in the city breeds crime and violence. We’d hear some pundits proclaim some putative natural tendency among blacks toward violence. Someone would likely even blame feminism for causing girls to become violent in a vain imitation of boys.

Yet the obvious fact that virtually all the rampage school shooters were middle-class white boys barely broke a ripple in the torrent of public discussion. This uniformity cut across all other differences among the shooters: some came from intact families, others from single-parent homes; some boys had acted violently in the past, and others were quiet and unassuming; some boys also expressed rage at their parents (two killed their parents the same morning), and others seemed to live in happy families.”
Michael S. Kimmel, Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era

“You have to get over the fear of facing the worst in yourself. You should instead fear unexamined racism. Fear the thought that right now, you could be contributing to the oppression of others and you don't know it. But do not fear those who bring that oppression to light. Do not fear the opportunity to do better.”
Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

Reni Eddo-Lodge
“Solidarity is nothing but self-satisfying if it is solely performative”
Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

DaShanne Stokes
“Racism isn't just what you say, think, do, and feel. It is also what you allow.”
DaShanne Stokes

“Act now, because people are dying now in this unjust system. How many lives have been ground up by racial prejudice and hate? How many opportunities have we already lost? Act and talk and learn and fuck up and learn some more and act again and do better. We have to do this all at once. We have to learn and fight at the same time. Because people have been waiting far too long for their chance to live as equals in this society.”
Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

Stewart Stafford
“I don't buy into the notion of 'privilege' at all. To even attempt to brand and shame whole swathes of people based on their race or gender is, to me, obscene. It has icky echoes of totalitarian propaganda which seeks to direct the ire of a populace at certain sections of society deemed 'unworthy.' Playing the blame game gets us nowhere.”
Stewart Stafford

“If you don't have an anti-racism plan, you plan to be racist.”
Catrice Jackson

Eowyn Ivey
“Now that I have been brought home by carriage and climbed into my bed, my fury has burned out, and I am left cold and tired. Why do we insist on inflicting more suffering on a world that is already fraught with it? It is here that I must part ways with Father's romantic spirit, for I suspect that it is a curse of nature, some original instinct that we have failed to shed. And I am no better than others, for in the face of it, I would keep quiet and retreat.”
Eowyn Ivey, To The Bright Edge of the World

Jonathan Kozol
“All white people, I think, are implicated in these things so long as we participate in America in a normal way and attempt to go on leading normal lives while any one race is being cheated and tormented. But I now believe that we will probably go on leading our normal lives, and will go on participating in our nation in a normal way, unless there comes a time where Negroes can compel us by methods of extraordinary pressure to interrupt our pleasure.”
Jonathan Kozol, Death at an Early Age

“Greta Thunberg's blithe disregard for the benefits of economic growth is not uncommon for people from wealthy countries who are already living in an industrialized world built by the fossil fuels of yesteryear. For them, they associate additional economic growth with access to high fashion and luxury cars. But for the billions of human beings living outside these places, fossil-fuel-driven industrialization can be the difference between life and death.”
Ryan McMaken

Kevin D. Williamson
“The charges of ‘white privilege’ or ‘rape apologist’ are thrown around only because we no longer accuse people of being witches or communists when we wish to destroy them.”
Kevin D. Williamson, The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics

Lisa Kemmerer
“Diversity” too often diverts attention from the root problem: Normative whiteness.”
Lisa Kemmerer, Sister Species: Women, Animals and Social Justice

“When you are accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.”
Oscar Auliq-Ice

“When somebody asks you to ‘check your privilege’ they are asking you to pause and consider how the advantages you’ve had in life are contributing to your opinions and actions, and how the lack of disadvantages in certain areas is keeping you from fully understanding the struggles others are facing and may in fact be contributing to those struggles.”
Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

Maya Angelou
“Black people rarely forgave whites for being ragged, unkempt and uncaring. There was a saying which explained the disapproval: 'You been white all your life. Ain't got no further along than this? What ails you?”
Maya Angelou, Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas

Bill McKibben
“Privilege lies in obliviousness. (White privilege, for instance, involves being able to reliably forget that race matters.)”
Bill McKibben, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

“It’s troubling to see how privilege accumulates over generations, particularly white privilege in the US, and, when people reach a certain level of safety, to see how they pull the ladder up after themselves.”
Maeve Higgins, Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else

“Being white in America is so potent, so seductive. It can blind a person without them knowing it. Being white can make a whole community forget who they are and where they came from.”
Maeve Higgins, Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else

Akala
“But when a given group is used to having all of the political power, and virtually unlimited privilege to define and name the world, any
power sharing, any obligation to hear the opinions of formerly ‘subject races’ -
who would have once been called uppity niggers and lynched accordingly - can
feel like oppression.”
Akala, Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire

Alison  Phipps
“Violence against women is a pivot for the intersecting systems of heteropatriarchy, racial capitalism and colonialism. It results from the tussle for material and emotional resources, between commodity production and the reproduction of human life.”
Alison Phipps, Me, Not You: The Trouble with Mainstream Feminism

“I noticed a trend with white communists.

They do not value autonomy and liberation, they value control and dominance, just like their political counterparts. They do not oppose centralized power, they oppose centralized power that they do not have ownership of.

It isn't about the liberation of marginalized classes, it's about placing power within the white "working class" and those in proximity to them.”
Sasha Scarr

“If you need to ask for the definition of white privilege...you have it.”
R.Patient

“Lynchings aren't a vile,inhuman footnote of white history. Lynchings occur every day on the streets of Western countries.

Every time the neck of a black man,woman or child is pinned to the ground by the knee of a police officer, every time a black man,woman or child is chased down in the street and shot simply for being there, every time a black man woman or child is judged purely because of colour,every time a white individual crosses the street to avoid walking past a black man,woman or child, avoids sitting beside a black man woman or child on public transport or says or does nothing when a black man,woman or child is being subjected to abuse is, in itself, a modern day lynching.”
R.Patient

Richie Norton
“Privilege is the right to remain silent when others can’t.”
Richie Norton

Stewart Stafford
“Karens have a best friend - Becky. She's the one who goes with them to talk to the manager and backs them up and remains silent when she calls the cops on black guys she sees in her area. Becky is Karen's tag-team partner and an enabler. Don't be a Becky.”
Stewart Stafford

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