What do you do when you’ve built a lucrative cottage industry around a product but you’ve saturated the market and your product has not lived up to its hype? Well, when you’re a liberal and the product you’re selling is indignation over phony racism, you repackage your phony racism as a new and improved product and you call it, “White privilege.”
A handout in a Wisconsin school’s “American Diversity” course defined white privilege as follows:
In critical race theory, white privilege is a set of advantages that are believed to be enjoyed by white people beyond those commonly experienced by non-white people in the same social, political, and economic spaces (nation, community, workplace, income, etc.). Theorists differentiate it from racism or prejudice because, they say, a person who may benefit from white privilege is not necessarily racist or prejudiced and may be unaware of having any privileges reserved only for whites.
“Critical race theory.” Boy that sounds very intellectual, doesn’t it? You’re supposed to be impressed.
As charming as it is that “theorists” are attempting to differentiate “white privilege” from plain old fashioned racism it’s clearly just double-talk. If the theory is that whites benefit from privilege strictly on the basis of skin color alone (see the definition above), that’s racism – period. So why are we changing “racism” to “white privilege?” Maybe it’s because you can stop being racist but you can never stop being white. Maybe it’s because blacks can be racists, but they can’t have “white privilege.” Maybe it’s because the “racism” claim has lost its luster thanks to the race hustlers who have gratuitously invoked it as an excuse for each and every black failure, and enough whites have finally caught on so as to weaken its effectiveness for extorting sympathy and public money. Not ready to give up their golden goose, the hustlers have re-packaged it as “white privilege,” secure in the knowledge that the liberal sheep can be counted on to buy their revamped product. As long as there’s money in it and as long as liberals abound to act as enablers we can look forward to a new variation of this same old game for as long as we live. So let’s talk about “white privilege,” shall we?
If there’s one thing I don’t understand about the concept of “white privilege” it’s the success of people of color in fields like sports or entertainment. I love football, and it’s been my observation that the vast majority of teams at the college level and in the pros consist largely of black players despite the smaller number of blacks in the general population. But how can this be, I wonder, if whites are the ones with the privilege? These are high-paying gigs, after all, and can set people up for a lifetime of great earning potential. Why don’t whites want these jobs if they are entitled, via their privilege, to have them? Ditto the same question for basketball. And how did Will Smith and Oprah Winfrey become so rich and influential in a world where only whites are entitled to such privilege? How did Dwayne Johnson overcome “white privilege” to become the highest paid actor in the world in 2016?
These realities alone dispel the whole “white privilege” theory as far as I’m concerned, because it represents concrete evidence that businesses will embrace the people who can best help them succeed regardless of race or gender. Therefore, if there are other industries where blacks are underrepresented, there must logically be other explanations besides “white privilege.” Here are a few facts to consider when reflecting on what some of those reasons might be:
- Blacks graduate from high school at significantly lower rates than white (75% vs. 88%) or Asian students (90%).1
- According to the latest government census report, 46.9% of whites had an associate’s degree or more compared to just 32.4% of blacks.2
- In 2015 66% of black children lived in single-parent households while just 25% of white children lived in single-parent households.3
- As of 2014 the teen birth rate for blacks was 34.9 per 1,000, or double that of whites (17.3 per 1,000).4
Is “white privilege” to blame for the high incidence of teen pregnancy and fatherless households in the black community? Is “white privilege” to blame for the lower graduation rate among black high school students? Consider the top reasons cited by blacks for dropping out:
- Becoming a parent
- Being suspended or expelled even once
- Having several friends drop out
- Feeling academically unprepared for school
- Experiencing a significant mental health problem
- Homelessness, and moving to a new home.
From Black Enterprise, September 2015
You have to stretch pretty hard to assign blame for this to “white privilege.” Bad choices and poor patterns of behavior are the reasons blacks fall behind academically, and this ultimately manifests itself in lower college graduation rates and, of course, reduced representation in areas of employment that require a higher level of education. Employers in those fields then have fewer positive experiences to draw upon when evaluating black job candidates and they instinctively go with what’s familiar and what’s brought them the most success in the past. Is that bias? Perhaps; but it’s not bias based on malice or “privilege.” It’s bias based on experience, history and observation. Most importantly, the ONLY way to cure it is to change experience, history and observation, and this is something only blacks have the power to do. Let me reiterate:
“White privilege” can only be cured by positive self-change in the black community.
This is why, whenever I read the usual drivel on “white privilege,” I think: “So what?” “Privilege,” if that’s the word the race hustlers want to use, is around us all the time and it’s not reserved to race, though if it was we would have to shift our focus to privilege among the Asian race since they kick everyone’s butt when it comes to success as measured by education and earnings. If we’re going to obsess over “privilege” why aren’t we also talking about the privileges that come from being taller, smarter, more athletic, better looking, more talented, luckier, more creative, healthier or happier, etc.? And who is more “privileged,” the white child born to wealthy but abusive parents or the black child born to poor but nurturing parents? These questions take our thinking where the race hustlers don’t want us to go, because only race – or to be more specific, whiteness – lends itself easily to the prospect of wealth transfer and that, not equality, is the hustler’s ultimate objective.
I want to close with an appeal to those who’ve bought into the message of “white privilege,” for they know not what they do. The peddlers of “white privilege” have only two goals in mind:
- To take something from you;
- To make you an enabler for taking from others, including your children.
That’s it. And the question is: Are you so desperate for a cause that you’ll allow it? Will you be an enabler to a scam that rewards the industry of victimhood and threatens the future of not just your own children but also the black children who are being robbed of life’s critical lessons and the chance for self-driven success? No one in this world, white or black, is born with an automatic pass for anything, as evidenced by those born to one form of privilege or another who nevertheless end up experiencing poverty, hardship or injustice, or those born without any privilege who nevertheless come to experience great wealth or success. Life is what you choose to make it. Let that be the message you share in this life.