7 Common Arguments Against White Privilege, Debunked

7 Common Arguments Against White Privilege, Debunked

So you’re at a party, and someone says something ignorant. And while you know that they’re in the wrong, and that you could totally engage them and win if you were a bit more prepared, your words escape you. To make sure that doesn’t happen, we’ve compiled a series of handy reference guides with the most common arguments — and your counter-arguments — for all of the hot-button issues of the day. This week’s topic: How to argue that white privilege exists.


Common Argument #1: I grew up poor, and I’ve had plenty of struggles. I never felt privileged.

Common Argument #2: I have several black friends who’re better off than me.

Common Argument #3: But I live my life by the principles of equality and non-racism.

Common Argument #4: Well, I never owned slaves.

Common Argument #5: I tried asking a black friend to explain privilege to me once, and they seemed annoyed. It was a real turn-off.

Common Argument #6: Look, we’re all on the same side here, so it hurts for you to be calling me racist.

Common Argument #7: Well, what do you want me to do? I can’t change any of this.

[Note: To read effective responses to these arguments, have a look at the article at the link below.]