[ wahyt-priv-uh-lij, priv-lij, hwahyt ]
/ ˈwaɪt ˈprɪv ə lɪdʒ, ˈprɪv lɪdʒ, ˈʰwaɪt /
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the unearned and mostly unacknowledged societal advantage that members of the dominant white racial group have and members of nonwhite groups do not, separate from but compounding with wealth, income, class, education, and other demographic factors that form individual identities: One aspect of white privilege is never thinking about your race, because most things in society are designed with whiteness as the normal default.
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Origin of white privilege
First recorded in 1920–25
Words nearby white privilege
white plague, White Plains, white poplar, white potato, whiteprint, white privilege, white propaganda, white pudding, white rainbow, white rat, White River
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How to use white privilege in a sentence
This pessimism—for all the discussion on campuses about “white privilege”—is even more deeply seated among young whites.Class Issues, Not Race, Will Likely Seal the Next Election|Joel Kotkin|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
White privilege is a set of advantages and immunities enjoyed by white people that are not common to people of other races.
Such was the depth of my white privilege that it had not occurred to me that my makeup was problematic.
I believed that white privilege was a thing and I thought of myself as down with the struggle.
Talking Points does not—does not—believe in white privilege.Dear Fox News: Please Stop Using Asian Americans to Attack Black People|Asawin Suebsaeng|August 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST