The concept of “white privilege” (brilliantly explained in Peggy McIntosh’s essay, "Unpacking The Invisible Backpack") can be a difficult one to grasp.
After all, the entire idea of “privilege” is that it's invisible to those who have it. Thankfully, a new comic from Barry Deutsch of Lefty Cartoons
called “Bob And Race” lays out some of the many factors that contribute to white privilege. Specifically, the comic looks at privilege from a historical lens. In this case, the central figure, Bob, may not think he’s benefited from racism, but a quick trip through recent history shows the factors that gave him a step up from the day he was born.
For instance, Bob’s grandparents were more easily able to get homes and jobs in the overtly racist past while their black peers were shut out of such advantages. Their stability directly helped Bob’s parents and Bob himself, who was also more likely to be given the “benefit of the doubt” by society when it came to behavior that black people are disproportionally arrested for (for instance, drug possession).
The comic is a brilliant illustration of the ways in which white privilege is embedded in so many of the realities white people take for granted.
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