“But the most insidious power of white privilege, the albatross effect that makes it so oppressive to white people themselves, is the way it renders itself invisible and clouds the collective mind. It’s like a virus that adapts in order to ensure its own survival and perpetuation, in this case by convincing its host it isn’t there.”
But before you do, allow me to comment that there is a direct analogy to cis-gender privilege.
I am in a pretty unique position to make this statement. Here is why:
Up until last March, when the scales fell from my eyes about my own true nature and the disintegrated state of my being, on a slow boat to death and no better prospect, I was completely blind to all forms of privilege I was granted due to the circumstances of my biological body, my skin color, and my socio-economic strata.
I would have sworn on a stack of bibles that I had no privilege. Being “male”? A huge burden! (in my case, this was sublimation, lol, but the point still holds). Being white? Big deal, I get no affirmative action…etc. etc. etc.!!
I was totally and completely wrong…cuz I was totally and completely blind to these things. The oppressive effect of privilege which conceals itself from its host is such a powerful concept.
It wasn’t until my eyes were opened that I had any awareness, let alone interest in affecting lasting change. But now? This cannot stand. I cannot call myself one who seeks justice and loves mercy and walks humbly if I do not eschew privilege and seek to liberate my neighbor as a profound act of love.
This is why I am always exhorting you, Constance, if you are cis, to be continually educating yourself, asking for eyes to see, and then taking the courage of your convictions and putting them into action.
Shine on, eyes steady and heart even steadier!