Tal Fortgang 's argument is poorly done. He makes points that are not adequately backed up. He complains about people asking him to check his privilege. He argues that people asking him to check his privilege are discrediting all of the hard work that he has done in his life, and also quickly dismisses the idea of white privilege even existing. ...
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...her 's personal experiences. She also talks about how it can be difficult to point out white privilege. By making the argument against white privilege from the point of view of those she 's arguing against, that strengthens her argument because it makes it easier to understand to the audience, those who are unknowingly affected by white privilege.
In conclusion, Fortgang 's essay is very emotional and has a closed minded perspective to it. It is also derived from a misunderstanding of aspects of what privilege is. It lacks substantial examples or evidence to prove his argument. Comparatively, McIntosh 's essay is far better at stating what points she has, saying where her perspective is derived from, and proving why she believes those points are true. Her essay is more open minded and is put forth in a more professional way, and is therefore superior to Fortgang 's.
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