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I think the term "white privilege" is an attempt by some to multiply the guilt they try to lay on all whites for what some are guilty of, as well as for past and current societal injustices. Under the guise of "social justice" and "political correctness", it is being held against all whites, all the time by the SJWs - many, if not most, of whom are themselves white. It isn't limited to just laying a guilt trip on whites, though. It is literally being used in the real world, which is effectively discrimination against whites, largely over things that cannot be changed, and often against those who are not personally guilty.
The pushback is whites refusing to accept the guilt. The result is a further division among people of different races and ethnicities. This increased animosity, over time, often creates racism and hatred where none had previously existed. And unless and until both sides take an honest look at things and try to work together to correct what is within our power to fix, and set aside (but no, do not forget) what is past and cannot be fixed...not only will things never improve, they will get worse.
The place to start, as Fork stated, is the criminal justice system. Many whites are loath to admit it, but there is still a great deal of racism and discrimination within our criminal justice system. I didn't used to believe that either, until I did an in-depth study on the subject in college, and what I learned was truly eye opening. I have kept abreast of it enough to know it has improved little since that time. The inequality inherent in our CJ system often directly results in inequalities elsewhere in society...economically and with employment opportunities, and it affects the children especially hard.
"It is literally being used in the real world, which is effectively discrimination against whites, largely over things that cannot be changed, and often against those who are not personally guilty."
Sheesh, that's painfully true and so counterproductive... as you said.
Yeppers. I gave an example below from my brother.
That right there makes me 99 kinds of angry.
I agree that it is definately not 100% of white people, but there is a percentage where it exists. The white peolpe that scream the loudest about it are probably the most privileged of all, so if they want to feel guilty I'm fine with it. I think it actually has more to do with money and power than it does skin color.
I never got any priviledges from being white.
When I think of "white privilege" I don't think of feelings of guilt or a daily leg up, I think of generational wealth and our justice system, among other things. I think it definitely exists, but it's mischaracterised to an extent that no one knows what it is.
It isn't some big mystery that entire generations of African Americans were selectively denied the ability to own, acquire and inherit wealth over the better part of two (a conservative estimate) centuries. Generational wealth can and does affect outcomes. The crux of the "white privilege" argument is that in two completely identical situations, blacks and whites often experience radically disproportionate outcomes, not because of secret racism in every white mind, but because generational wealth and access to the luxuries it provides is also disproportionate. Access is disproportionate because wealth is disproportionate and wealth is disproportionate because of our history.
I don't think the question is whether or not it exists, instead, what can be done about it.
In my opinion? Well, I know a lot of people support reparations, but I don't.
I don't think just dumping wealth somewhere is the solution. I think we'd serve ourselves better by identifying those areas where outcomes are drastically disproportionate and start there. That's why I pointed to the justice system.
Beyond generational wealth alone, we must also look at the variety of hardships placed on already struggling families when certain variables are introduced. Like the sudden absences of a parent or income earner in the home. A burdensome financial penalty. A lengthy legal proceeding. A sudden illness. All of these are things that can thrust a family living paycheck to paycheck into great debt or in some cases, out on the streets.
We tend to gloss over the statistics which show a pattern of blacks serving longer sentences than whites on average, for the same crime, many leave it at: "Well they shouldn't commit crimes."
Thing is, their rate of accusation is disproportionate and that could have to do with the fact that their rate of plea / confession is also disproportionate which has to do with their ability to bond out being disproportionate which goes back to wealth again. And we're not talking about violent offenses either, this is a circumstance that could result from something as trivial as being pulled over for a bad brake-tag which leads to an officer discovering that their license is suspended because they don't have insurance which can lead to an arrest and they're just trying to commute to work.
Just as one example. So, I wish it were as easy as just throwing money at the problem, but we're dealing with a system behemoth it just isn't that easy. imo The justice system is where we should take a hard look and in earnest.
I wouldn't deny that I appreciate having been born white. I know I'm privileged in many ways.
I was born as a natural born white citizen of the USA.
I'm a male - and I identify with the gender I was born with.
I'm able bodied - no handicaps.
I'm privileged that my first language is also our 'national language'.
I was born with an intellect and ambition that pulled me away from poverty I was otherwise destined for.
I am privileged to have married a privileged middle class female who fully expected me to provide earn a living to support a lifestyle we're comfortable with.
There's a million ways I experience 'privilege'. There's also a million more I do not experience. Same as everyone else. Our responsibility in life is to make the best of the hand we are dealt.
I'm sorry if you are unhappy with 'your hand'. I had nothing to do with the hand you were dealt - or mine for that matter. I have my hands full taking care of my life, and there is nothing I can do to change your hand anyway. And, it gets irritating after awhile to hear over and over that your problems are somehow my problems to solve. I don't see it that way.
I wish you the best of luck. I will share what I can with you or anyone else. But be warned - when I'm told that it's not enough, and hear demands that I need to do more, give more, feel guilt, change somehow to make your way easier - my initial reaction is to not take it well and resist.
Hey...I practically live in my hoodies. ;)
Ah it is true then? I have only read or seen tv reports. As there are few hoodies types in maine - too cold.
I for one have no feeling of guilt for having been born white - somethng over which I had absolutely no choice. I have never owned slaves nor have I ever tried to supress the rights of any non-white.
While a couple of you have indicated you thought the reason for many of the problems in the non-white community come from the criminal justice system unfairly treating those of color (and I agree to some extent), it is my opinion that education is the key to eliminating a lot of racism resulting from people being tired of welfare and handouts. Education leads to better jobs, better jobs lead to economic success and economic success leads to moving up the economic ladder and being looked upon with more respect.
There are any number of people who have been born into poverty, from single-parent households who have gone on to become successful in life. With the exception of sports figures, those who have achieved economic success are those who have been highly edudcated. Granted, if you are a person of color, you may have to work harder than your white countrpart to get there, but if you want it badly enough, you'll achieve it.
I agree that education is key, but there are other things besides being from a poor, single-parent household that affect some of these kids. I'm not saying they cannot overcome those things, just that much of it is unnecessary in the first place.
An example of "white justice" having real-world consequences may play into the above aspect as well, my brother teaches in an inner-city school. He puts a lot into it, too. I've spent time on weekends helping him with different school-related things, and he buys most of the things for his classroom, including paper, notebooks, pens and pencils for his students. At a recent in-service day, all the teachers had to take a "privilege" test. As a white, Christian, male, he is considered the most privileged of all per the test. It was explained to the teachers that the reason for the test is so they can start "weeding out" people of "privilege" from teaching careers. My brother formerly taught in Christian schools, and as this school is a charter, and thus a non-union school, he doesn't get even what most public school teachers do. He never has. But does it because he loves teaching, he loves kids, and he loves making a difference in their lives. Not only will this "weeding out" process discriminate against whites, it will deprive students of many dedicated and qualified teachers.
He has one student who has been moved four times this year alone, to four different family members, one was his grandpa who died shortly after he moved in with him. What little stability the child has is at school. He doesn't always know just how much impact he has in real time, but has been told later by former students.
I do agree with you that there are a number of factors to success in life. Also, we have to consider that not all children start out with the same ability to be motivated as others. You can come from a good middle class family and i
Lol, you didn't finish, but I believe I can suss the rest and I agree.
Sorry - My boss called and I thought I was just going to another screen and discovered I hit send.
Ha ha ha!
My boss was not in today. I sat at my desk all day doing virtually nothing. Don't you know that 15 minutes before I'm leaving, he wakes up and decides that two letters absolutely must go out today because I'm not in on Fridays.
That would drive me nuts! (And it's not a long trip. )
It drives me nuts, too. I had those two letters done at 2:30 and sent them to him to review. That makes me nuts, too.
Well then, we are both in good company, yes?
Yes, we are and I find that as much as I love my boss, it irritates the hell out of me when he does stuff like that.
I can imagine.
That is outrageous...
Teachers don't make much at all and provide so many tangible 'unseens' to their students. If there is any particular career path we want the 'privileged' to take, shouldn't it be education?
WTF, that is so shortsighted.
One would think...smh
I am a white middle class male. In my experience, this apparently means that if I even mention 'white privilege', I am proving the point of 'white privilege' that people are trying to ram down my throat. Of course there is more to this story, but that is the condensed version.
Education is, of course, important but even more so is having parents that recognize the importance of education. I live in an area where graduating from high school was known as "having papers" and not a necessary or goal for some of these kids. Wanting to better oneself was actually looked down upon
and it has nothing to do with color.
The white privilege excuse is just another way to get money for not working for it. I'm tired of being expected to pay for others no matter what excuse is used.