Reading Response #5

Unpacking The Invisible Backpack

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh, had a strong message that was portrayed in the article. That message that was sent was that racism and privileges have been on Earth forever and that they are still here and most likely won’t leave anytime soon. That’s just the reality of the world we live in. You can’t control ever persons opinion or thoughts. Some people don’t realize how lucky they are and what they have for opportunity. The “Invisible Knapsack” is privileges you receive without even knowing they are privileges as white person.

When I was reading this article I gathered three true facts that stood out to me. What caught my attention first was that people who are white don’t realize their social status in the world. It talked about how white people can go out and not be judged as much as maybe a different colored skin person. We have different thoughts in our head if people are judging us or not. Sometimes if your white you get more of privilege than somebody who is of color to some people, which is wrong. Secondly what I gathered was that people of color are literally judged on everything. It said in the article that people of color will be judged on methods of payment which is crazy and eye opening. People are consistently judging other people in what they do. The last piece I gathered was that, we say everyone is equal, but are we really? The article talks about how skin color still can have an effect of your role in society which we are trying to get past.

When I was reading this article, one thing that I found puzzling was kind of the title. I was unsure were invisible knapsack came into place or what the author of this article was referring to or what the hidden message was with “unpacking the invisible knapsack”.

After I completed reading this article, one question I had was has the author ever stepped into an altercation that has involved racism or judgement due to class and what they would do about it if they were around an argument and what would be the best way to handle something like that


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