Hi, James. Appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment, but did you actually read the piece? Specifically, this part:
Common (faulty) notions that many of us white folks have about the concept of privilege are based on a fundamental misunderstanding of what privilege means in the first place. Here’s one of those misunderstandings, (with several examples all rolled into one):
“But I’m white and I grew up dirt poor, in a trailer park, with a drug-addicted mom. I raised my siblings all by myself. I dropped out of school. I never had a father. It was hardship after hardship. We scraped and dug through trash cans to survive. We dealt with obstacles every day. Privilege? What privilege? I never had any kind of privilege. And furthermore, it’s insulting to imply that I did. I worked my ass off to get where I am right now in life.”
The thing is, no one is denying that there are many white people who grew up (or currently live) in poverty, neglect, abuse, and/or many other devastating economic, psychological, or physical situations that can break the spirit. No one is saying that white people were born with a silver spoon, or that they didn’t work their asses off to get wherever they are in life. Thinking this way is a fundamental misunderstanding of what it means to have white privilege.