White privilege is used in reference to middle class white males. This obfuscates, intentionally or not, I am unsure, real privilege. To claim that working and middle class white males are privileged diverts attention from those who have real power and privilege in our society: those who control the large banks, the media, the federal reserve …
I am not suggesting a conspiracy, but the misdirection seems too fortuitous for those people.
That is not to say WMCM receive no benefit from their group membership. My question is why do they allow privileged academics to make them feel guilty about it, why do they not question who the really privileged are, and how do the peddlers of guilt profit from this transaction?