The Myth of White Privilege

Dorothy melts the Wicked Witch of the West, by W.W. Denslow, from The Wizard of Oz (Public Domain)

Now that I have your attention, let me clarify: Of course, there are certain privileges which come with light-skin. So, you don’t need to rattle them off to me — that would just be preaching to the choir. The myth of white privilege is that it is a net benefit to those on whom it is supposed to be endowed. This is the myth that was foisted on poor whites by slaveowners, to keep them from allying with enslaved blacks. This is the myth which



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