White privilege is real. Patriarchy is real. Straight privilege is real. Privilege is not linear. It overlaps and intersects.
Although Patriarchy is very real and oppresses all women, it does not erase the racial privilege that white women have. It highlights the inherent gendered nature of all forms of oppression.
The thing about privilege is that it’s not easy to see when you are the one who has it.
When you acknowledge your privilege, great things can be done…
In school, every student will learn about white history, but if you are from another culture, you will realize that the curriculum has very little representation, inaccurate or bias information or no mention at all.
My kid and I are Métis. One of her elementary teachers realizing that my daughter’s cultural history was sorely lacking in the school history book decided to do something about it. She added a chapter to her history classes. She explained how white history spoke about progression, but Native American history was only referred to in the colonial past. As if our people didn’t exist anymore or as if the little that is left still lived in tee-pees.
I was once told I wasn’t really first nation because I have a university degree. As if, the minute I was accepted to university, I was stripped of my genetic and cultural background. This is completely ridiculous.
I know that because I have a mixed cultural background, I do have access to white privilege, as many dismiss my darker skin as a tan. I am aware of my privilege and that privilege is not linear.