6 Jan 2008, Comments Off on But it’s OK – they’re white!

But it’s OK – they’re white!

Author: Helen

Photo from AGE article "As Victoria bakes, NSW floods given "disaster" status, 6 Jan 2007
Photo from The Age today.

Quotes from Peggy McIntosh’s famous article, White Privilege: Unpacking the invisible knapsack:

18. I can swear, or dress in second hand clothes, or [sit around half-dressed necking fullsized bottles of VB*], without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the poverty or the illiteracy of my race.

33. I am not made acutely aware that my shape, bearing or body odor will be taken as a reflection on my race.

*This part added by me, of course.

Comments (0)

  • Yobbish behaviour by whites does attract negative commentary and stereotypes.

    As for Peggy McIntosh, her argument is incoherent. She’s supposed to be a leftist, and yet she argues that whites are privileged because they can escape the effects of diversity better than blacks.

    Not only is it questionable that blacks can’t choose to escape diversity (there are a number of large majority black cities in the US), the idea that diversity is oppressive to blacks runs counter to the usual left-wing argument that diversity is enriching.

    Nor is it persuasive to take an anti-racist argument from someone like Peggy McIntosh who follows the theories of academic whiteness studies in which whites are treated as a uniquely evil and illegitimate force in society.

  • Helen says:

    The photo doesn’t show the caption as it does in the article:

    Drinking, not drowning: Murwillumbah locals enjoyed their own liquid yesterday as the floodwaters rose around them.

    Loveable madcaps.

    Not that they weren’t probably loveable, or at least, harmless madcaps in truth. But their anglo majority status does contribute to them being given the benefit of the doubt in the newspaper report (ie., a bit of fun, not hideous drunks destroying society.)

  • Too right… I can only imagine what the caption would be (and the political commentary) had they been black, and had this pic been published in the Hun.

  • Caroline says:

    Beer/yeast, heat, moisture, fungus. ICK.

  • Helen says:

    Thanks all for the comments – I’m packing to go to East Gippsland for four days, so silence on my part shouldn’t be seen as wilfuly ignoring the discussion. (I might have time to check comments and respond tomorrow morning, but I’ll probably be running around doing Last Minute Stuff.) See y’all in a few days!

  • tigtog says:

    Nice catch, Helen.

  • Bernice says:

    Where are the salt water crocs when ya need ’em?

  • blue milk says:

    Well observed. I enjoyed the mental gymnastics of looking at this picture and catching myself when I imagined it with Aboriginal people instead of white people.

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