White Privilege without Overt Prejudice
A number of things contribute to white privilege. One of the most obvious contributors is overt prejudice. People who more or less knowingly discriminate on the basis of race or who actively dislike African-Americans are contributing to white privilege.
However, I also believe that due to the way habitus, normalization, and in-group bias work, white privilege would continue in a world where overt prejudice had 100% disappeared.
I try to show my students this, but whenever we talk about white privilege they always (and only) point to overt prejudice as the culprit.
This is convenient for the students because they themselves are not (for the most part) overtly prejudiced. So I’m sure they implicitly say to themselves, “I don’t hate black people, so I’m not contributing to sustaining white privilege.” That is, they give themselves a free pass because they can’t bear any guilt that might come with the alternative.
Do any of you have any good examples or case studies I could use that could show them how even non-prejudiced individuals might participate in sustaining white privilege without knowing it? (Other than, of course, contributing by ignoring ….)