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What is white male privilege? It is important that white male privilege is defined because the majority of whites males want to deny that it exists at all.  The denial of its existence by white people is racialized. People of color say white people enjoy white privilege while white people deny, as often as possible, that they have it and that such a power structure exists. Before defining White male privilege we must first understand the idea of privilege in an anti-oppression setting. Privilege is defined my the webster dictionary as a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor. It is a status that is conferred by society to certain groups. “It’s about advantages you have that you think are normal.” When this idea is applied to a certain group of people rather than others you begin to see a social polarization, one group that benefits from the privilege and another group that is setback by it. To understand white male privilege one must first understand each factor of privilege, how they work together, and how they effect society.

White male privilege is made up of two different privileges, white privilege which is defined by race and male privilege which is defined by gender. White privilege is defined (Clark, 2005), as (1a) a right, advantage, or immunity granted to or enjoyed by white persons beyond the common advantage of all others; an exemption in many particular cases from certain burdens or liabilities. (b) A special advantage or benefit of Stephens 2

white persons;   with reference to divine dispensations, natural advantages, gifts of fortune, genetic endowments, social relations, etc. (2a)   A privileged position; the possession of an advantage white persons enjoy over non-white persons.   (3a)   The special right or immunity attaching to white persons as a social relation; prerogative. (b)   Display of white privilege, a social expression of a white person or persons demanding to be treated as a member or members of the...
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