Welcome back to “That’s Not Racist,” where I tackle the various accusations and concepts the progressive left has created in order to mislead and swindle people into silence.
If you’d like to read Part 1, you may do so by following the link here – or you can watch the video version about “cultural appropriation” below.
This week, we’re going to talk about the social justice concept of…
In the church of social justice, “white privilege” is the equivalent of original sin. To those blessedly ignorant of modern social justice concepts, white privilege is the idea that because your skin is a certain shade of lightness, you are granted special opportunities and ease of life that those with darker skin colors don’t enjoy.
Essentially, this racist idea is that your white skin color, whether you’re Caucasian or not – your skin just has to be light – is like a cheat code for life.
The gaping hole in this concept is that white people are just as liable to be poor and discriminated against as any other color and, in fact, don’t enjoy some of the great institutional benefits experienced by other levels of skin color.
For instance, many people like to say that white people have an easier time getting things like housing loans and that banks will discriminate against other races, denying them loans purely on race.
Aside from the fact that loan discrimination is illegal and that banks will settle for millions after being merely accused, minority groups tend to experience federal loans and grants for anything from housing to college tuition, strictly for being any color but white. This is a privilege only given to minorities.
While some would claim that white privilege negates the need for a race specific grant, the numbers disagree. According to UCAS in the UK, lower class white males tend to experience a tougher time getting into universities.
The progressive cult of oppression also believes that white people are safer around police and that blacks are the ones typically being brutalized. You see consistent news reports of black men killed by police officers, which often generate large amounts of outrage resulting in anything from protests to riots. However, beneath the major media coverage that is only experienced when blacks are killed by police, the numbers actually tell a different story.
According to Petere Moskos of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, more white people were killed than black people from May 2013 to April 2015 – 49% to 30%, respectively. Breaking down this number by racial population, you get the number that says black people are 3.5 times more likely to die by police than white people. However, if broken down by racial lines in terms of racial involvement in violent crime, you see that whites are 1.7 times more likely to be killed than blacks.
It should also be noted that police actions against blacks does not necessarily constitute discrimination, but actual guilt. A controversial study done in New Jersey by the Public Service Research Institute found that black drivers tended to speed more than white drivers by a whopping 64% and, thusly, are more prone to be stopped by police.
Rest assured, there is still a huge gap in incarceration rates between blacks and whites. While upon cursory glance this may seem like a favorability by police toward whites, upon closer inspection there are many factors playing a role.
For one, our welfare system encourages single parenthood. The Heritage Foundation explains in their article on welfare and the decline of marriage, “For example, a single mother with two children who earns $15,000 per year would generally receive around $5,200 per year of food stamp benefits. However, if she marries a father with the same earnings level, her food stamps would be cut to zero. A single mother receiving benefits from Section 8 or public housing would receive a subsidy worth on average around $11,000 per year if she was not employed, but if she marries a man earning $20,000 per year, these benefits would be cut nearly in half. Both food stamps and housing programs provide very real financial incentives for couples to remain separate and unmarried.”
Within the black community, 54% of children live in single parent households.
Single parenthood comes with all sorts of hangups. It disallows, among many things, educational opportunities. Mixed with teenage pregnancies rate, you’re getting a lot of uneducated women raising children in single parent households. With lack of education being proportional to the amount of crime in the community, you’re sitting on a powder keg.
With crime up, police interfere more. With police interfering more, black communities become distrustful of police. The relationship worsens as police and black communities spend a lot of time hating one another.
That this tends to happen less within the white and Asian communities – who tend to keep to the standard family unit more than the black community does – could make it seem as if there’s a serious problem with racial attitudes and police. For the most part, this is half correct – but it has little to do with light skin giving people a pass and more of a serious education and welfare problem within the black community.
This is tragic, but saying this is somehow tied to whites having privilege is flat out wrong.
Broken down to its base argument, the idea of white privilege is centered around the shameful event of slavery that many blacks experienced before the civil war era. Slavery is deplorable, and that was understood by many. Enough so that there was a massive outpouring of blood to end it. It’s said, however, that slavery, perpetuated by white people, was key to helping build a white society for white people and that white people still benefit from this hundreds of years later.
The problem is that “white privilege” makes every white person guilty of slavery, which is ludicrous – seeing as how the vast majority of Americans couldn’t afford slaves back when it was legal. There’s a very high chance that your American ancestors never owned anyone. The assumption that a white person is benefiting from something only a small percentage of whites did a while back, and is continuing to perpetuate the advantage, is in itself racist. It also discounts many other races who put work into this country to make it what it is today.
Furthermore, if the evidence above is any indication of privilege, then it’s an odd sort of privilege to not qualify for grants, or to be more likely to die by the hand of a police officer. It’s an odd sort of privilege to not have protests covered by major media outlets whenever it DOES happen.
White people experience the same uphill struggles every other American does. Many of us are just as poor, and working at jobs we don’t like, for pay we like less, in order to provide for our families and hopefully give them a decent life.
Racial practices vary but the base factors for a successful American seem to revolve around education and solid familial units. Both whites and Asians experience this more than other races, who put more emphasis on both family and education, and this is reflected in their income levels.
In the end, it’s not privilege, it’s practices.
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Hailing from Austin, Texas, Brandon Morse has been writing about politics and culture across many websites for the last six years, with a heavy emphasis on anti-authoritarianism. Aside from writing articles, he is also known for voice acting and authoring scripts. He is an avid gamer, dog person, and has a bad habit of making vague references to things no one has heard about or seen. Follow him at @TheBrandonMorse on Twitter.
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