It's very difficult to disentangle privilege/disprivilege and socioeconomic status, for sure, not least because there is causation in both directions (very high SES could lead a black person to overcome a lot of disadvantages that affect most black people; similarly, those disadvantages can lead to low SES).

Perhaps a useful rule of thumb would be to say that something is white privilege if a black person has to be EXCEPTIONALLY, not just averagely, successful in economic or class terms to be unaffected by it.

Barnaby is a journalist based in Suffolk, UK. By day he covers science and public policy; by night, film and classical music. He has also been a cinema manager.

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