The phrase White Privilege has become very popular among some groups. It is offensive to other groups. Is there such a thing as White Privilege in America? Is it something of the past or is it in effect in the present? Is there such a thing as Minority Privilege? Does it depend upon where you live? Is ‘White Privilege’ based upon color of skin or based upon right choices? What if the answer yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes based upon the questions above. If there is White Privilege is there a way to fix it? Has some of the solutions to White Privilege been ineffective or not fair?White Privilege in the Past
It should be clear to anyone regardless of skin color or experience that there certainly has been White Privilege in the past in America. The slavery of Blacks make that clear. The racism of the past should make that clear. Blacks had no rights whatsoever at one time, They were seen as property. It was Whites owning Black Slaves. Not Blacks owning White Slaves.
Is there White Privilege Today?
The answer is yes and no, with a leaning towards yes. As long as there is any racism or prejudice towards Blacks there will be forms of White Privilege. Certainly in certain areas of the country there is White Privilege. Whites are more likely to get a job, more likely able to rent, able to buy a house, less likely to get pulled over by police. This is a reality that cannot be denied. In many areas of the country if the police saw a White person juggling with their eyes to get into their car at 1am, they would drive by. But if they saw a Black man doing the same they would more likely slow down or even stop and to see what is going on. That is a sign of White Privilege. So, yes there is White Privilege today.
Most Whites have never experienced the challenge of being judged just based upon skin color.
However, in certain areas of the country it could be a detriment to be White. It may be unsafe, actually very dangerous to be White. In certain areas of the country there is strong racism and prejudice against Whites. Prejudice and racism goes both ways.
If you are a White Jewish boy without a father living in the hood, being White certainly is not a privilege.
Over the years there has been prejudice against Caucasians of certain nationalities. It should be noted that for years there was Irish slavery that nobody speaks about.
Is there such a thing as Minority Privilege? Yes, there certainly is whenever there is special favor given to minorities just because they are a minority. Everyone understands the purpose is to make up for the unfairness of the past. But those privileges today can be very unfair. A female or minority can be accepted into many colleges with a lower GPA. That is privilege. Many government agencies give favor to females and minorities when it comes to getting hired. Many female and minority owned companies get special favor. Many social service agencies give favor to those who are female or a minority. Individuals are getting special privileges solely based upon their sex and skin color other than White. That is certainly Minority Privilege.
Offended at the Concept of White Privilege
Because of the above there are Whites that are offended at the concept of White Privilege. They would argue that they live in an area that overall has no racism and prejudice towards Blacks. They see Black neighbors buying the same homes as them, getting the same jobs as them. Driving the same cars as them. They also see other Blacks and minorities getting all of the above special privileges, and the rightly ask, ‘How do I have special White Privileges? That is a legitimate question.
Also, there are multitudes of White people who had to work hard to get where they are at today. They had to buy their first car, they had to pay on their own to get a college education. They had to work full-time when they went to college. They had to start from the bottom to get menial jobs. Yet, they have seen Blacks and minorities who grew up in well to do families have everything handed over to them. They do not feel privileged and feel offended to be grouped together with all Whites.
Privilege or Right Choices?
How much is White Privilege and Making Right Choices? That question must be asked. Some will argue that Blacks/Minorities have never had the opportunity to make right choices. To a small extent that may be true, but evidence shows that there is a limitation to that excuse. There are multitudes of individuals that grew up in some of the worse conditions possible and they still made right choices. There are multitudes of successful stories in regards to people of color. To an extent it may have been harder for them to become successful, but all that did is made them people of great character.
Making right choices and having good results from those right choices is not privilege, it is called being wise. If a person is White but chooses to wear nose rings, have purple hair, tattoos all over their body, dress like Goth, they probably will have a hard time getting a job even if they are White. A person who walks like a gangster, talks like a gangster, wears their pants hanging down to their knees, is probably not going to get a job. It has nothing to do with race. If a person respects a police officer and obeys his orders, they are most likely to not have police problems no matter white their skin color is (almost all of the police shootings of Blacks had to do with Blacks not being compliant. Does not mean they necessary deserved to die but disobedience of authority can be consequential.) If a person lives in the ghetto and is given the option to get out of the ghetto, that is on them. If a person chooses to wear a victim badge and has the mindset of a victim they will most likely be a victim. If a person has the mindset to be an overcomer, they will most likely overcome any obstacle and be a better peron for it.
Yes, sadly there has been and there is still some White Privilege. To deny this only brings division and fulfills the stereotype that Whites are in denial and not concerned about the hardships that minorities have and at times still experience. At the same time if minorities continue to deny that many programs give them an unfair advantage, then it is going to be offensive for Whites to hear and receive the concept of White Privilege.
All of us are given choices. If we make wrong choices that is on us, not society. If a person continues to believe they are a victim, lives like a victim, and does not take the advantage of the opportunities given to them, that is on them.
Finally, even today in some areas of America there still is White Privilege and it is hard for Blacks and minorities to overcome prejudice and racism. This is injustice and it should be Whites that take a stand at such injustice. They should be adamant to break the stereotype of White Privilege.
My next post on this topic will be, “Solution Seven-Focus on Unity“.
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Racism in America-The Solution
Is There Still Racism in America? Part Two
Why is There Still Racism in America? Part Three
Solution One-Acknowledgment of Racism, Part Four
Solution Two-Addressing Stereotypes, Part Five
Solution Three-Breaking Stereotypes, Part Six
Solution Four-Identity in Christ, Part Seven
Solution Five-Expose It, Part Eight
Solution Six-Police and Racism, The Solution, Part Nine
Ben Carson on Black Lives Matter, Part Ten
Black Lives Matter and Racism, Part Eleven
Black Lives Matter-All, Part Twelve
Blue Lives Matter, Part Thirteen
All Lives Matter, Part Fourteen
White Privilege, Part Fifteen
Solution Seven-Focus on Unity, Part Sixteen
Solution Eight-The Gospel of Jesus Christ, Part Seventeen
Racism in America-Conclusion, Part Eighteen