Robert J. Cramer, writing at Psychology Today Blogs, explores white privilege, its symptoms, and its effects. Early in the piece, he provides a definition (emphasis added):
Privilege is the enjoyed benefits afforded by society based on race. To illustrate, White privilege is getting pulled over by police and not having to worry about your life. Or calling the cops and filing a false report against a Black person on their own property without experience (sic) actual consequences.
A common misconception of whiteness or “White privilege” is that they imply White persons do not work as hard as other minority group members. This is not the scholarly definition and the misunderstanding can lead to needless intergroup tension. Rather, from a social science vantage point, whiteness or privilege does highlight how racial stigma about work ethic, safety, and other characteristics of minorities create systematic inequality.
Follow the link for his discussion of techniques used to deny or distract from the existence of white privilege and some thoughts on how to combat it.