Okay, but, it’s true. People do have privilege because of their skin colour. Just like people have privilege depending on their sexual orientation or because of their gender. There have been cases of Black people getting fired from their job because their natural hair was “unprofessional” or “untidy”. In fact, it is still legal in some states in America to ban natural hair styles from the workplace. Also, that boy, DeAndre Arnold wasn’t allowed to walk at his graduation unless he cut his dreads, and he’s been growing them for years! It’s part of his culture. Jonathan Sutherland received a letter from an alumnus saying his dreadlocks were “awful” and “certainly not attractive”. The letter said that Sutherland needs “to remember [he] represents all Penn Staters both current and those alumni from years past” and obviously his “disgusting” dreadlocks are not representative of this. Black hair has been deemed as not clean-cut in a world where white people hair (sorry I don’t have any other word to call white people hair—mostly referring to the texture) is the norm. The term is not made up to stir hatred and trouble between people of different races, just like the Black Lives Matter movement isn’t meant to say that the lives of Black people are superior. As well, white privilege (as well as just privilege in general) can also be seen in the media where certain types of people are represented. Also, in history class, generally, minorities don’t get to learn as much about their history as we do about the white history. I learned recently there was a textbook all about black history in Canada in my school, but it’s not in the curriculum. They rarely teach anything about Black history in Canada besides slavery. And in my school, we have an Indigenous History course, but it’s elective. These are all examples of white privilege, and I’m not meaning to stir up trouble or whatever, just trying to prove the term’s existence.
If it isn’t a race thing… then what is it? You cannot tell me that Italian restaurants were as badly hit as Chinese restaurants when COVID was first beginning. Obviously now all restaurants are not doing well, but I’m talking about before the lockdown and quarantine when COVID was very much associated with China.
You can still have white privilege whilst still being a target of hate crimes just like you can still be privileged because you’re straight whilst still being estranged from your family. And yeah, a lot of people are hated against for being immigrants, white or black or whatever, but it doesn’t change the fact that white people have privilege. In the States, especially in border cities to Mexico, there is discrimination facing Latino people, even though they might not be undocumented. A lot of people have issues with Latinos speaking Spanish in public, and I’m not saying this doesn’t happen to white immigrants. I don’t mean to diminish their struggles, not at all, there are always going to be people against immigrants of all kinds. But still, hate crimes against Latinos have risen steadily since 2016 (i wonder why), and this is without them even speaking Spanish, sometimes it’s just looking at the brown colour of their skin.