“… like many white people – he doesn’t want to confront racism and white privilege because those things have — and will continue to — really, really help him out in life. And the reality is that he doesn’t have to confront this stuff, either…. That’s exactly how white privilege works.”
— Katie McDonough of Salon tries to explain racism to a privileged white racist Princeton freshman.
Now I’ve run into people who make these exact same claims in the past and I’ve asked them, since clearly I don’t want to confront racism and white privilege, why don’t they point out specific instances of demonstrable white privilege in the world. Not their opinions, not their feelings, actual cases that can be proven to be white privilege. And you know something? None of them can do it! Oh sure, they can tell you things that they think are white privilege but they can’t demonstrate that it actually is caused by it.
There is a lot of anecdotal information thrown around, such as claims that more white people are admitted into college than black people with the same grades. Where is that data? Let’s see how you factored out other potential data that may influence the results? For example, if more whites have the money for college than blacks, then you would expect them to be represented at a higher rate. We might have a discussion about why blacks are less able to pay for college, assuming that turned out to be the case, but that does not prove that college enrollment is racist. To do that, you’d have to show that college enrollment boards specifically sideline non-white applicants on purpose, for the specific reason that they are non-white. Where is that data? Do you have it, or do you just assume that, because there are more whites than blacks in these colleges, it must be racism at work?
The same is true of the prison population. Lots of liberals think that can only be attributed to racism. Maybe it’s more attributable to the fact that blacks commit a disproportionate percentage of the serious crimes in America. Oh sure, there have been times where specific drug crimes, for instance, that were more prevalent in the black community got a harsher sentence but those times are long time now. It’s also not racism when people with private legal representation get better treatment than people who have to rely on a public defender. It’s stupid, it’s legal inequity, but it’s not racism. This whole thing can be better explained by the fact that there are more blacks living in poverty than whites. And no, that’s not racism either.
In fact, while the FBI reports 3x the number of whites arrested for violent crime, taken as a percentage of the population, blacks are still over-represented, particularly in crimes like murder, robbery and for some reason gambling. Maybe if they don’t want to go to prison for these crimes, they shouldn’t be committing these crimes. In the last census, blacks made up 12.7% of American citizens, yet they commit 28.4% of the crimes. In virtually every crime category, more than 12,7% of the crimes are committed by blacks. In fact, the only category I could find where they were under-represented was DUI. Tragically, black juveniles commit 51.4% of all violent crimes in America and this often leads to not only a life of crime but a life of incarceration. This just isn’t a product of racism, but of a culture that pushes black kids to become criminals.
Then I see people complain that blacks are pulled over on routine traffic stops at a rate higher than whites. Sure, they commit crimes at a rate higher than whites! If we want to look at this a different way, men of all racial groups are pulled over at a rate far, far higher than women. Why? Because men commit a disproportionate number of the crimes! Is this now a sexist issue? No, it’s a realistic issue. Police have to use their time efficiently and when they see something they identify as odd going on, they need to take what they know about criminal behavior and apply it. Heck, I’ve been pulled over by the police for no reason before. They ran my license and registration, it came back clean and they sent me on my way. There were two officers in the car, one black and one white. Was it an inconvenience? Sure. Was that a racist stop? Certainly not.
I’ve yet to see anyone demonstrate that white privilege actually exists. It’s a perception, brought on by liberals and the toxic “black community”, pushed by people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who make their living off of the poor blacks who think the world owes them a living. The Democrats have told them for years that they deserve special rights and privileges because of what’s happened in the distant past, it’s what keeps the poor black community voting for the political left. You don’t see the left standing up and telling the blacks or the Hispanics or anyone else in their political pocket, that they need to get up and get to work and make something of themselves. That would be political suicide, they’d lose votes by the ton. Yet that’s really where whites, by and large, have gotten successful.
So please, let’s stop with these ridiculously absurd complaints about white privilege. It doesn’t exist and until you can prove that it does, you’re just doing the ever-popular liberal emotional whine. In fact, I’d argue that the liberals have been far more damaging toward the health and welfare and success of black Americans, by far, than anything that white privilege might be responsible for. Maybe if the left wants to see blacks succeed, which of course, they don’t, they might want to start empowering blacks to make something of themselves, make good decisions and get out of the ghetto altogether. Of course, they won’t do that, it might cost them votes.