In less-cuddly Canadian news, I just came across this Toronto Sun column in which Christina Blizzard, a white woman, argues that white privilege must not exist since she doesn't own a yacht. Sounds...reasonable?

Or maybe not. Her arguments stem from the fact that since she has to work for a living, she is not privileged. The privilege of having a background that makes higher education and the possibility of a white-collar job more likely is not considered.

She also argues that this workshop, hosted by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, is going to increase racism in Canada, which is apparently an immigrant utopia where the colour of your skin doesn't matter. This is probably news to the hundreds of Native women who've gone missing over the years while the police and government ignore the issue, but hey- think of the poor little white kids who are going to learn that they might have a couple things going for them that other kids don't!

Listen, Christina. I am the daughter of white immigrants who started with nothing and worked hard their entire lives to provide a good life for their children. That doesn't mean that they also weren't, at the same time, gifted along the way due to the colour of their skin. My father got a job right out of high school at a power plant that allowed my mother to stay at home. He worked his way through the ranks, but how many people of colour do you think were hired there in the 60s? Of those people, how many do you think were promoted out of manual labour positions? The very fact that my grandparents on both sides were able to easily immigrate was due to Canadian policies that encouraged Europeans to come to Canada while keeping out less-desirable nationalities. It took a whole generation before immigrants from other parts of the world were allowed in as readily.


Before arguing against the idea of white privilege, maybe you should learn what it really means.