Do you wish we could all get along? Maybe you already treat everyone equally. Now you’re told that’s not good enough because of a theory called “white privilege”. Will that really help?
The idea of white privilege is that white people experience better outcomes in life because they are white. The “proof” is that non-whites have more bad outcomes.
If “white privilege” proves anything — it’s that when you pay people to justify their existence, they will. In this case, those people are diversity coordinators, ethnic studies professors, and even some healthcare professionals.
As social “scientists” they ignore a basic premise of actual science which is that correlation is not causality. In other words, the correlation between white people and success is not proof that their success is caused by being white.
Nor is the correlation between whites and privilege particularly strong. Many white people do not have lives of privilege, while many minorities do. The highest correlation between success and race actually belongs to eastern Asians, who are also non-white.
The real correlation for success is with poverty. Poor people of all races have less “privilege” than rich people of all races. But that fact frustrates the racism of Leftists. In fact, it shifts the issue away from race and causes us to investigate poverty, which ultimately reveals how Leftists make people poor.
Group Guilt, or identity politics, means judging people based on the color of their skin, or their gender, or other immutable qualities. It’s at the center of Leftist politics because it works — there is no better way to create fear, anger, and hate than to incite tribal fears of “others” who are different.
It works even when it’s ridiculous. People who have devoted their lives to supporting the rights of minorities are now told that no matter what they have done, they are secretly racist in ways they can’t even see or understand. Many of them go along.
But Group Guilt is hateful because we are not groups. We are individuals. Believing in white privilege ultimately means explaining to a poor white single mother that she doesn’t deserve help because people who look like her are successful. And telling Barack Obama’s children that they deserve benefits because people with similar skin are struggling.
You are not a people. You are a person. Every individual deserves to be judged by their actions, not their ancestors.
The civil rights movement in the 1960s was a pivotal time when the ruling-class finally decided they could get more power by pandering to black people than by pandering to white people. To highlight their transformation, not only would they stop discriminating against blacks, but they would start discriminating against whites.
They argued that “affirmative action” was not discrimination, and that it was a necessary step to healing (their own) past racism. None of that was true. Racism is still at the core of the Leftist agenda. Now it’s directed against whites, yet the people most hurt are still minorities.
The myth of white privilege makes people feel worse about whites, but it doesn’t make people feel better about minorities. And how do minorities feel about themselves?
How would you feel if you were told these lies? That all of your failures are because of your skin color. That no matter what you do, you will never succeed because people of a different color hate you. That your only salvation is to vote for Leftists who will put you on a path to multi-generational dependency.
The lie of white privilege is classic Leftist propaganda, filled with false premises and used to distract attention away from the failed Leftist agenda. It’s hateful because it instills in minorities helplessness, hopelessness, anger, and hate.
The word “privilege” suggests benefits that are not earned. Consider white people born with little or no privilege — in a poor family, or maybe with abusive parents. Many of them will never rise above the circumstances of their birth. But some will make good choices and become successful members of society. According to “white privilege” they haven’t earned their success — it’s only because they are white.
The idea of white privilege perfectly complements the Leftist principle to Attack the link between effort and reward. If you’re white and successful, you didn’t earn that. If you’re a minority content to live on welfare, your choices are not your fault. All will be cured by Leftists who will redistribute the rewards. Of course, they always first deduct generous rewards for themselves.
White privilege offers white Leftists an original sin that they can “repent” by pledging fealty to the ruling-class. It’s the perfect act of contrition in a world where only fake virtue and “caring” matter, and actual results are inconvenient facts.
How should we respond?
Initially, conservatives reacted to white privilege as a prank from kooky people who complained that “flesh-colored” band-aids aren’t the color of everyone’s flesh.
But another Leftist principle is to Always take more. Now that white privilege is discussed openly with little challenge, some Leftists claim that a majority of white people are white supremacists and oppressors. Leftists will happily start a race war to justify their existence.
White privilege is a racial slur promoted by the ruling-class to create anger, guilt, and conflict. It hurts non-whites more than whites. We are not being polite or generous when we fail to oppose people who incite hate.
The ultimate “privilege” is the ability for Leftists to spread hateful ideas without ever taking responsibility for the harm they cause. You can help to change that.