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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
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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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  • Joy Ricani

    I don’t like calling people colors. I prefer to say Caucasian for white.

    • Jessica

      Colors….. exist…. though….

      • Janet Lama

        There’s a color sprectrum from albino to blue black…none of which need put people in color categories…

        • Jessica

          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.

          • Janet Lama

            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…

          • Steve_A_Williams1

            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. .

          • Janet Lama

            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).

          • Steve_A_Williams1

            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! 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

    • Janet Lama

      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?

  • Michael Martinez

    Dear Jamie: I hope you die in a ditch. On fire.

  • Pork Chop

    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.

    • Steve_A_Williams1

      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.

  • Pork Chop

    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.

  • Holiday Fairchild

    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?

  • Holiday Fairchild

    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.


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