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White Privilege, Explained in One Simple Comic

By Jamie Kapp on Monday April 10th, 2017

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Change Happens With Awareness

White privilege can be a tricky thing for people to wrap their heads around. If you’ve ever called out white privilege before, chances are you’ve heard responses like “But I’m didn’t ask to be born white!” or “You’re being reverse racist.”

The next time that happens, just show the nay-sayer this succinct comic by Jamie Kapp, explaining what white privilege is — and what it isn’t.

I'm white!
I still benefit!
White privilege
Percentage of prisoners
Food for thought
Focus is on interracial homocides
The privilege to be ignorant
Make a change
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Words By Jamie Kapp

Originally posted on Everyday Feminism, We want to live in a world where every person (and we mean every single person) is treated with respect, directs their own lives, and reaches their full potential.



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18 Responses to White Privilege, Explained in One Simple Comic

        • You’re obviously white. Only white people say “we’re the human race. I don’t see color.” Only white people get to not see color.

          • Yeah I’m white but I do see color. I identify with people of color for 2 reasons: I’m Italian (father) and Russian (Euro. Jew – mother). Jews are considered black and wait for it, so are Italians. Just ask the KKK. My dad died when I was 7 and was brought up Jewish with an Italian last name. I can’t tell you how often other white people talked to me about the dirty Jews (including my Italian aunts); once some boys from Catholic school chased my Jewish friends and I throwing rocks at us…but I DO have white privilege…

          • The KKK may not consider Italians white based on their definition of whiteness. The KKK is anti-Semitic but they don’t consider Jews to be black.
            However, I am glad that you recognize that in spite of whatever discrimination you have faced you do in deed have white privilege because that privilege means that even with your religious, ethnic and cultural heritage other white people see you as part of their group when it is useful to do so. .

          • It’s true I’m accepted as white but because of my experiences (some not mentioned) I don’t trust white people. I know many have ignorant beliefs towards my background and people of color. I’m happiest around people of color and work with the NAACP and other groups to move things forward by changing the institutionalized bias (ban the box, race matters for juvenile justice, etc).

          • Hi Janet,

            I can appreciate what you’re saying. If I understand what your saying there is a measure of empathy that informs your sense of community and perhaps connect. Affinity can include experiences such as discrimination as well as characteristics like gender, race and orientation. I agree. We’re cool! ????????

          • I understand your struggle, but that’s not a fair assessment. I personally don’t trust the 1% of ppl who hold 90% of out nation’s wealth and dominate the media/ force their discriminatory ways into the thoughts of the masses. However, saying you don’t trust white people is just as bad as someone saying they don’t trust black people or Islamic people. There are good, bad & ignorant people of every race- but be careful not to miss out on profound opportunities due to a narrow-minded perspective. In order to advance, be the love you wish to see in ‘white people’ because that’s your real power. You can open minds and touch hearts everywhere you go if you see people for what they are- individuals! In doing so I’d bet you find more success in eliminating barriers and biases- because you have the power to change others by simply changing your attitude towards them. It’s a two- way street.

    • I’d rather say Afro-American and caucasian but I’m lazy. There’s only one race: human. I wish we’d stop IDing people by shade of skin. If you want to call people Caucasian then you’d need to balance that with Afro-American…can you do that?

    • Not being funny, but if someone isn’t from Georgia/Turkey, don’t call them Caucasian. That’s like calling all black people Somalis

  1. White people should create their own nation. Yall can have this one we’ll go elsewhere. But I think if that did happen black people would bitch that we left. The comic illustrates perfectly the double standard held of race. You can call whites white but you cant call blacks black you have to call them people of color. Enough white people lets form our own nation free from the hate.

    • White people have several nations. They’re part of one continent- Europe. In their desire to ‘discover’ the rest of the world for profit, Europeans claimed land that was already inhabited then enslaved and slaughtered millions upon millions of indigenous peoples and drove a number of animal species to extinction or near extinction.

      People of European ancestry carved up Africa to milk it for its resources. When colonization was no longer in fashion(but not really), European governments decided they’d leave Africa(but not really) but they never gave back any of the land they stole. And to make things even better, these European governments (America too!) have been promoting civil wars propping up dictators and fomenting all kinds of funky shit for their own interests. And people of European ancestry have done this in every part of the globe.

      So don’t be mad when another white person tells you what people of color have been telling you for a zillion years. The author is only speaking the truth which is difficult for you to hear because you think that as long as you never call say, a black person ‘nigger’ then you’re not contributing to structural racism. This does not mean you are not a well meaning person( you probably are!) with a good heart. It means that white people need to recognize “that for every action their is an opposite and equal reaction”. So as long as the kinds of discriminatory practices described in the comic strip remain in place, you will have to hear the voices of people saying it’s past time to change the system to something that is truly fair and equitable.

  2. Yall blame whites all day long but let’s take a look at predominantly black and orange people countries. They look like crap because of the people running them.

  3. Why don’t they mention that the LGBTQ community is RACIST for not including the color BROWN in the rainbow they hi-jacked to represent them?

  4. BIGGEST MYTH OF HUMANITY —— “All God’s Creations are Perfect” LMFAO, take another look at the tick or cock roach. You think having different races of humans was a good idea? That have to kill everything they eat, every day AND no life-time supply of toilet paper? BLAME your “grand architect” NOT WHITES, jerks.

  5. Sad to see all of these hateful comments from those living in denial. You ARE the fuel to the issues you claim other races bring about. You are the exact reason others can’t advance. Turn off your tvs and think for yourselves! Race is a social construct, it’s ok to appreciate your culture, because that’s how we learn to identify and appreciate ourselves! Why kick others in the process though? It’s quite unfortunate that so many people overlook the good in others primarily due to systematic brainwash and disillusionment, because they’re the ones missing out on the growth that comes along with appreciating and opening your arms to the people around them. Without a multitude of cultures in my life, I’d envision my own life would be quite bland. We all want the same things in life, but the negative attitudes towards others are oppressive- and hey, if you or a family member ever needed a donor, I can bet race wouldn’t be an issue then! Best wishes to everyone struggling to love themselves, until you do, you cannot love others either. May time be on your side! ?✌

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