Whites 'White Privilege In Pudd'

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White people are not aware of their white privilege. When they do, finally, come to understand it, their rebuttal is that they face the same hardships as minorities. What they still fail to realize is that although they go through some of the same struggles as minorities, they still have a certain privilege not available to persons of color and that is white privilege. White privilege is the societal privileges that specifically benefit white people. Whites carry a certain privilege not available to people of color. In this essay, I am going to explain why Marilyn Frye describes whiteness as a form social and political power. I am going to do so, by using examples from the story Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain and the novel The Fire Next Time…show more content…
White people have the option to use what they know about racial inequality and fight against it or ignore the situation as a whole. People of color do not have this option. For example, black people do not see themselves as inferior, white people see themselves as superior. This is in connection with this argument because white people do not have to listen nor understand what black people are saying, so they view themselves as superior to minorities. The only time whites decide to understand black is when their whiteness is compromised. Baldwin writes “White Americans find as difficult as white elsewhere do to divest themselves of the notion that they are in possession of some intrinsic value that black people need or want.”(Baldwin, 108) The only thing that white people have that black people need or want is power. White people are in fear of being judged non-whites. This fear can lead them to perform these acts of institutional racism and bias. Black people try to fight the black power through talking, but if whites choose not hear, then nothing will change in the inequality in America. Because white people don’t have to know who they are, it is something that is used as a power foundation or

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