The headline of this article will probably trigger a leftist so hard and make his or her (or they or xir’s) head explode. They’ll want to immediately retort with something like “Of course white privilege exists!! You have to be racist or completely ignorant to not see that!!”
The reason I can say this is because I’ve heard it all before – many of us have.
Privilege, by their own definition, is an unearned advantage that someone has whether it be environmental, societal, financial or something else. If two people start off in the same starting position but one is slightly further ahead or more progressed than the other by default, that’s privilege. I think we can call agree on that definition. It’s important to agree on a definition before we start deconstructing the entire premise – which I will do now.
Why “White Privilege” doesn’t exist
The concept of “white privilege” is often used to describe how white people across the board 100% of the time tend to find themselves in better outcomes than their people-of-color counterparts – again whether it be environmental, societal, financial or something else.
Leftists will claim that across the board, white people have it better no matter what.
This article isn’t going to bore you with statistics of homeless demographics and statistics or crime rates. That’s an entirely different, yet slightly irrelevant to the point, issue.
“Privilege” in this sense can only be applied within certain geographical boundaries. Furthermore, it all comes down to how one carries themselves, how they dress, how they act and how they talk. If you stick a black guy from, say, Chicago who has sagging pants, a baggy shirt, a do-rag and a pissed off expression into an uptight white neighborhood, yes the black guy might get different treatment in that setting. Perhaps the white people in that neighborhood might choose to walk on the other side of the side walk. Perhaps police officers might look at him with more bias than the rest of the neighborhood.
Now let’s take a white guy from that same uptight neighborhood and put him in Chicago and have him walking down the street with a suit, a briefcase and a big smile on his face. How will his “white privilege” help him out there? Can he expect completely nice treatment from everyone he comes across in that area?
The answer in both cases is that of course, the outsiders to the community will be met with different treatments than the individuals within the community themselves. This isn’t a difference in privilege, it’s a difference in culture.
It’s all about how you carry yourself.
Let’s go back to the uptight white neighborhood but instead of a “threatening” looking black guy with the saggy pants, do-rag and the pissed off expression, we have a friendly looking black guy wearing a suit, a smile and carries himself with an air of confidence as opposed to intimidation. Will the uptight white people in the neighborhood still choose to walk on the other side of the sidewalk? My bed would be absolutely not. So why?
The answer is because it has nothing to do with race and everything to do with how you carry yourself.
The same applies with Latinos as well. Picture two Mexican guys walking down the street. On one sidewalk, one of the Mexican guys is wearing a flannel shirt, jeans, and sunglasses because it’s sunny outside. On the other sidewalk, the other Mexican guy has a shaved head with a tattoo on his scalp, a huge baggy white T shirt, sagging jeans and a pissed off expression on his face. Both are Mexican guys, same race – yet one of them seems a hell of a lot less threatening, right? In all fairness, the bald Mexican with the head tattoo may be absolutely harmless – but at first glance it may not look like that. Why? Because it’s how you carry yourself.
Final example. Imagine two white guys walking down the street. On one side of the sidewalk is the uptight white guy with the suit and the briefcase from the uptight white neighborhood and the other sidewalk has a skinny tattooed white guy with a beanie, saggy pants, and looking like Skinny Pete from Breaking Bad. Which sidewalk would you feel more comfortable walking? Both are white – yet you’ll have a bias towards one over the other. Does the uptight one have “white privilege”? Of course not.
If you dress like a thug, talk like a thug and act like a thug, people will think you’re a thug. No race is attached to “thug.” You DO choose the thug life.
Only one kind of privilege exists – class privilege
Regardless of what race you are, you still have all of the opportunities in America as all of the other races. No other way about it. That’s the beautiful thing about this country – every race truly is equal and in the eyes of the law, it’s treated as such as well. There are no rules, regulations, legislation or government acts that specifically favor one race over another. Each race has the same potential to produce amazing and successful individuals.
“White Privilege” or any kind of “Race” privilege isn’t a thing, obviously. What’s often overlooked is the very real situation of “class privilege.” Social or financial class is an actual advantage that you can be born into.
Simply put, if you’re born into a rich family, you will have more opportunities than an individual born into a poor or lower class family. This is simply because a higher class family is able to afford and give access to more resources than would otherwise be available for a lower class family or individual.
This is not in any way caused by race. There are rich black families, there are rich white families and there are rich Latino and Hispanic and Asian families. At the exact same time, there are poor white families, poor black families, poor Hispanic and Latino and Asian families. 100% of the time, the common denominator when it comes to resources available and starting out ahead of everyone else is always financial predominance – not race.
To think that a white guy from a poor family is somehow more privileged than a black guy from a rich family is laughable – yet it’s assumed so often of the time. Race has nothing to do with the potential of an individual’s success. At the end of the day, it call comes down to how you carry yourself, how good you are at a task and how much effort you put in. You can be in an unprivileged poor family and end up more successful than someone born into a rich family.
Why? Because race has no impact on the opportunities given to individuals in this country.