privilege: a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor
When people say white privilege, that is most assuredly not what is meant as they are not speaking of a right or immunity granted. Instead, they refer to things that make me feel good. So, because I am white I can see people who look like me on TV, in history books, and all around me. Except, fuck you. The guys I see in history books look nothing like me. You mean that they had paler skin than an average Namibian? Most of them were paler, certainly not all. Xerxes was not white. Cyrus was not white. The ancient Egyptians were not white. Frederick Douglas was not white. None of the empires of the East were about people like me. The Mongols, the Ottomans, the Huns, the Turks, the Han, the Nipponese, the Koreans, the Vietnamese, Angkor Wat, the Inca, the Maya, the Aztecs, the Toltecs, the Hopi, the Olmec, the Norte Chico, the Carthaginians, Aksum, Nubia, the Bantu, Sao, Kanem, Bornu, Shilluk, Wadai, Kongo, Ethiopia, Maghreb, Mapungubwe, Namibia, Mali were not white... and that is a very abridged list of peoples... If you are concerned specifically with the history of Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, the UK and continental Europe you are likely to find a lot of pale skinned people, because that's where pale skinned people come from and live. If you think that's what history books talk about, you clearly haven't read many of them. Fuck it though. I've read enough history to know that the only real rule of history I can count on is that people will never learn from it. Of course, this isn't the only claim people make about supposed white privilege.
Apparently, being white automatically means that you have enough money to find a place to live rather easily. This is absolute horse shit. The majority of poor people in the USA are white (around 75% of the lowest fifth of households by income average). The race claiming the highest average income is Asian... so go fuck yourself. Being white doesn't make you automatically wealthy.
So, being white supposedly means that people are nice to you, and that you are not followed in stores, etc... This is absurdly wrong and is dependent mostly upon where you live. People are generally shitty regardless of race, and people are generally wonderful regardless of race. I live in a radically diverse area. I have asian, black, hispanic, white, middle eastern, jewish, and mixed race neighbors. Everyone is generally polite to everyone. The only places I've ever been where people were generally fucking assholes were New York, Newark, and Dunwoody (for those not not familiar with Atlanta, Dunwoody is where the rich people live).
Of course, if you are cisgendered, straight, able-bodied, middle-class or higher, or being jus soli/sanguinous makes you privileged too. This is all bullshit.
All of you whiny little babies are basically trying to say that not being in the majority fucking sucks. Every middle school kid already knows that so shut the fuck up. What's super ironic is that all of you little babies then cry about how you want majoritarian governance.
What you fail to realize is that by your standards all humans alive right now are privileged as fuck. Really until the last decades of the 19th century (1870 onward), nearly everyone was poor as fuck and being rich didn't actually make life too great. Deformities were rather common due to disease and injury, and life in general was short, brutal, and often quite disgusting. The so-called Robber Barons and the nearest to free market ever realized were responsible for changing America into the nation we have. So, when socialists ask why there is poverty, I will always answer you: because that is the nature of man. When you ask why there is wealth, I will always answer: because some fucker worked his/her ass off to make some shit.
You can cry about exploitation all day, but the exploitation of a business owner is something that is voluntary. You can choose to work for a prick or you can choose to work for a pretty cool dude or you can choose to work for yourself. These are all your choices to make. No one is putting a gun to your head and telling you that you must work for him/her. This was true for all of US history after 1865, and it is true today. It's your choice. You cannot realistically expect those who made good choices to be responsible for subsidizing your bad choices. You could vote and force this, and then those who made good choices will resent you, loathe you, and actively work against you in the political arena.
This entire structure of false virtue and false morality is sick: this worship of victimhood, and the competition over who's more the victim than whom. It reminds me of mellodramatic teenage girls who compete over who's more depressed than whom, and it is certainly equally pathetic.
To be accepting of all is admirable. To hold all life as equal and sacred is admirable. To truly judge people by the content of their minds and of their character is admirable. To be a racist piece of shit who views all of any arbitrary grouping to be one thing or another is not admirable, and the constant denegration of cisgendered white males is just as racist as any white supremacist's ranting about blood purity.