Is white privilege an actual thing? I've always been pretty cynical to that belief, because I'm from a working class town and grew up near very poor white neighbourhoods, and had friends living in near poverty. I don't know if this belief exists because of the US-centric nature of tumblr, or if some people are looking for a finger to point, but as far as I'm concerned, socioeconomic privilege is the biggest privilege in almost every society. What are your thoughts?
I don’t believe in any “privilege” aside from class privilege.
I think that the “privilege” conversations that Tumblr has is bigoted and myopic. It perpetuates bigoted myths, infantilises those without the “privileged” labels, and ignores the very real and practically identical issues that both “privileged” and “un-privileged” can have.
It also shuts down any real work to change any examples of bigotry and encourages those with certain labels to believe that they’ll never be a success and will always be nothing but a victim. It also victim-blames those with “privileged” labels for personal circumstances out of their control.
Aside from that, it moves the conversation away from the real issues that individuals and communities may face to make it all about people that don’t go through that, which is utterly pointless and never solves anything.
It’s incredibly harmful, no matter which way you slice it, and I utterly detest it.