Sorry, but yes, they can. If your race, gender, sexuality, etc etc are treated with more respect and considered the “default” or the “norm”, then your perception of the world is going to be different. You are going to make assumptions and generalizations that may be very untrue for a lot of people. For example, a lot of white New Yorkers assume(d) that Stop and Frisk was no big deal, since most targets of S&F are black or hispanic. This isn’t to say that they didn’t care that black or hispanic people were being singled out, but if you don’t experience something like that on a regular basis, it’s not going to seem like a big deal unless you practice empathy. So the opinion of white New Yorkers who didn’t think that stop and frisk is an invasive, demoralizing, and traumatizing policy really had no place making that call because they generally were able to go about their day without getting bothered by cops. Privilege isn’t a “yes” or “no” thing. You can have certain aspects of your life that give you privilege in some situations and certain aspects that take it away.