White Privilege

Yesterday on Quora, I found perhaps the best short summary of what white privilege is that I, as a white male Canadian, have ever read in my life. I have embedded it here for your perusal because I really do think it captures this concept better than anything else I’ve read on the subject.

Also, speaking as a tall person, I can relate in more than one way.
Read Omar Ismail‘s answer to I am white. That’s all you know about me. Am I privileged based on that alone and assuming I am, should I feel guilt and what should I do about it? on Quora

What I would add to it is this:

  • Some tall people are legitimately unaware that there are that many short people
  • Some tall people are legitimately unaware that short people may not be able to reach the things on the tall shelves
  • Some tall people think short people should have to jump as a way of being equal with tall people
  • Some tall people think the very act of talking about height differences is somehow heightist
  • There are many tall people who want to pretend we’re all the same height

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