Double Checking Your Privilege
by Austin Robson on October 21, 2016 - 3:59pm
White privilege is a very controversial topic in the world today that still remains up for debate and divides society into two parallel ways of thinking. White privilege can be seen as white people getting a sort of special treatment and an easier path to success than other minorities do. The article "White Privilege Needs to Own Up To Its Existence" by Lauren Messervey better exemplifies this with the example of Viola Davis and Nancy Lee Grahn. In Davis' acceptance speech at the Emmy's she mentioned the turbulence that African-American female actors face in Hollywood. Grahn took offence to this stating that in fact all women face hardships in Hollywood not just African-American's. The perfect example of white privilege.
Although we just recently begun our discussion on white privilege it as a topic that has been going around for a while now. The way the article connects to this topic is the blindness that some white people have to the struggles of others. Davis was just simply stating that there is a discrepancy between black and white actors in Hollywood and her speech actually went a long way to the acceptance of more black actors and actresses in Hollywood. Grahn, not being able to put herself in Davis' shoes, chose to play the victim and state that all actresses are discriminated against in the business (Hollywood's equivalent to All Lives Matter?). I don't believe this is explicit racism at all it's just the fact that the idea does make white people feel guilty and we try to make ourselves seen as oppressed as by Provider"> well.
White privilege is something I haven't always been aware of in my own personal life mainly because of what I saw as a lack of evidence in a sense. However, looking back into my experiences you start to see where maybe I was treated differently because of my skin color. When I was younger with my friends we had a few issues with authority including one incident where the police got involved after we got caught egging houses (pretty tough right?). However, we tried to run away before they eventually caught us on a cul-de-sac. They didn't seem to mad and just gave us a warning and asked for a names. It does cross your mind and you wonder if the same thing would've occurred if we had been black. Would the officers had been that lenient or more harsher? It's something that as a white person I'll never know and we need to accept that we will never know the difficulties that people of different ethnicities go through.
Messervey, L. (2016, September 22). White Privilege Needs to Own Up to Its Existence . Huffington Post. U.S. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/lauren-messervey/why-nancy-lee-grahns-comm_...