The so-called white privilege is considered to be an unearned privilege simply because white people do not need to exert effort in order to gain advantages in the society. These advantages are already existent for someone who is born with the “right” skin color. In the case of America, white people benefit from some privileges in society not so much because he/she does something to attain it but simply because it is bestowed upon him/her since birth.
One prominent example of an unearned privilege of a white person is the representation and attention that the “white race” gets in different media specifically whenever American nationhood is often featured. Learning that the founding fathers of the nation belong to white American race gives white people the sense of pride and accomplishment that their own race made this country great. On the other hand, minority groups such as African Americans or Native Americans suffer from the lack of representation and because of this, they might feel excluded from the discussions about our nationhood.
White privilege should be recognized because it hinders the country’s goal to promote equality. Equality means that privileges are ensured to those who earn it through hard work. It also means having the same and equal opportunities with everyone despite the differences in ethnic background and skin color. For a white person, it is difficult to recognize such privileges because the social system makes its existence invisible. Also, admitting the existence of white privileges denies the foundation of the American dream which grants meritocracy.
The manifestations of white privileges do not come into a visible form of racist violence and outright discrimination. Instead, its presence remains to be denied and protected by political leaders or other people because they benefit from the system and continue to dominate it. As such, average white Americans feel that condemning racism