…there is, indeed, a distinct White Privilege. Being white does offer a freedom not easily available to others. You can underperform without it being ascribed to your race. And when you excel, no one wonders whether Affirmative Action had anything to do it. Authority figures are likely to be your color, and no one associates people of your color with a propensity to violence. No one expects you to represent your race in a class discussion or anywhere else.
John McWhorter, “The Privilege of Checking White Privilege”, The Daily Beast (15 March 2015) [http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/15/the-privilege-of-checking-white-privilege.html]