Privilege is like smoking.
In the individual case, you can’t be sure if it’s operating versus something else. Even your friend who smokes two packs a day and dies when he’s forty five from lung cancer can’t have his death blamed on cigarettes definitively.
But it’s a darn good guess.
But when you’re talking about the population, it’s pretty obvious that smokers, all else held equal, are going to get more lung cancer and emphysema, and white folks, all else held equal, will find it just a little bit easier to get a loan at the bank.
I’ll admit that it makes it hard to #checkyourprivilege when that’s the case. But still, it’s worth trying.