As a white male who isn't in control of anything and who bears no ill will toward anyone, it's disappointing to hear that I'm apparently not getting any of the rewards of my "clan". Where can I get some of this privilege stuff?
Maybe it's not white males that are the problem, maybe it's white male assholes (the asshole subset of the species) that are the problem.
Do you believe you haven't benefited at all from white privilege?
If one goes to Manhattan early enough, one does see the homeless sleeping on cardboard boxes over the heating vents from buildings. And, in my observations, not only are the homeless predominantly Black, but of a very dark hue, and with the physical facial traits that reflect the stereotypical Black person of the (white) blackface vaudeville era. I am talking about facial features. My point is that going to work, at the same time, are many Black office workers that do not usually resemble these usually homeless people (usually males). I mean, they are not, in any way, "passing" as white; however, they just are not as dark hued, or with the stereotypical facial features, that oftentimes the homeless might reflect.
So, before someone takes issue with my comment, my point is that it is not just white folks that get "privileges" from "whiteness," but also Blacks seem to get privileges for having some European ancestors.
It is the same with Jews, many times. The Jew that is secular, but with very curly hair, big nose, short and chubby, has an uphill battle oftentimes in life, in a white Gentile society. However, the Jew with straight blond hair, straight nose, tall, or at least average height, and normal weight, finds himself/herself gaining the privilege oftentimes reserved for the attractive white Gentiles.
What I think this reflects is really just that people are not comfortable with those that they deem not attractive by the standards of those in power in society. So, beauty therefore reflects height, hair texture, facial features, weight, and skin tone. Must this be racism? Can it be a comfort zone that "market forces" rewards?
The key thought is that the Jew that is considered unattractive, by society's standards, still can lead a comfortable life by applying himself/herself to get an education and not expect to marry a spouse of a different image. In other words, in spite of society's prejudices, a Jew does not have to let his less than preferred image hold himself/herself back in life. I see this same attitude amongs the Blacks of West Indian descent. Come to your own conclusions.