White privilege is being able to say “no, I don’t need a bag. I /CARE/ about the environment.” after a POC requests one to make sure that no one assumes they stole what they just bought.
That’s exactly what’s going through my mind every time a refuse a sack: “OMG, I hope someone doesn’t think I stole this, I’d better hold my receipt out prominently”.
Holy crap. I just had a jaw-dropped white girl moment - I have literally never even thought about refusing a bag before. That is terrible.
That’s the thing about white privilege though (and I guess all privilege really), you get to take so much for granted.
I feel the exact same way. I work as a cashier currently, and sometimes when people ask for a bag—even when they’ve only bought a handful of small items—I get annoyed. This proves there is always something you don’t know. I need to be more mindful.
- That awkward moment when Whites have one of the lowest unemployment rates.
- That awkward moment when White ex-cons have more of a shot at jobs than a Black man with no record.
- That awkward moment when White company owners are the least likely to hire minorities.
- That awkward moment when the majority of companies are owned by White people.
- me on my death bed: those fucking bastards whitewashed katniss
i also really admire the fact that these radical blogs run by straight white men spend 99 percent of their time calling out everyone else’s ‘privilege’ but about zero time assessing their own