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White Privilege Theory: I’m pretty sure this doesn’t mean what you think it means.

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It’s a good theory with an unfortunate name. The term Privilege implies that the benefitted party is well … just that. Privileged or well off or has life easy. Now if you’re saying things to yourself like: White privilege means that I think I’m entitled. OR White Privilege is just a way of teaching white guilt. OR White privilege theorizes that white people are all a bunch or racists out to get minorities. OR White privilege means that I must have an easy life.  THEN I have to say that I don’t think you know what white privilege theory actually is.

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And that’s not your fault. It’s been horribly misrepresented

People argue about this all of the time and when I read the comments generally 90% of the people, clearly don’t have a grasp on what it means. And unfortunately this is happening with both the people who agree with it and the people who disagree. It’s difficult to describe how frustrating it is to see so many debates all over the internet, where neither side really knows what it is that they are arguing over. Reading comments it seems that people read the title and come up with their own definition of what they think it is, without actually researching it. An artist named Jamie Kapp broke it down fairly well on her Tumblr recently. (see here)

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To be honest, I can see why people are so deeply offended when it’s mentioned or referred to. I think that anger and frustration comes from a lack of understanding of what the core of the concept is. And unfortunately many people who claim to be champions of civil rights, misrepresent it. A former student from Cal State Dominguez tells me that her professor actually told his students that white privilege was something that white people intentionally do. That it was the systematic and actively practiced form of discrimination. I was even told that this particular urban sociology professor, who will remain unnamed, told their sole white student that they didn’t belong in the class and should drop. As a person of color I found this misrepresentation of what is really a brilliant theory, horrifying. But before we can discuss it we should properly define it.

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I think Hedi A. Zetzer provides the simplest and most easily understood definition of it as an “institutional and individual manifestation of racism, however indirectly or unintentionally.”

Basically, in America, there are certain situations in which being white will work in your favor. Most of the time you’re probably unaware that had you been a minority, the situation may have been a bit more difficult. That effect is white privilege. It’s not some giant conspiracy. It’s not some evil plot it’s just the way it is.

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But there are so many misrepresentations of what White privilege actually is (most of which can be found on Urban Dictionary Click here if you want to face palm). I’ve heard so many people say “White privilege…..

  • means that white people have it super easy and can get anything they want
  • is a general term for racism throughout the country
  • is just an excuse for lazy minorities who blame their failures on others
  • means that any successful white person did not achieve their accomplishments on their own.

All of these statements are…

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 However it’s clear why there are so many who hate the theory of white privilege. Regardless of your race, gender, and sexual orientation you will have many struggles over the course of your life. Everyone has struggles and everyone has hardships. And I don’t think a white person would appreciate being told that their achievements were the result of white privilege any more than I would appreciate being told that my own were due to affirmative action. Thusly when people hear talks about the subject they  ferociously attack it. Look at how Fox News (read story) and it’s readers reacted to a news story where a Wisconsin school (Read Story) had a lesson about white privilege. Mind you this isn’t a US politics class, this was a class whose subject is diversity. Not only did these people not know what White Privilege is, they refused to learn.

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While I am fully of the opinion that while its effects are debatable white privilege does exist. But before I offer evidence I want to point out a few things that I think get people so angry when discussing it.

  1. White Privilege, for the most part, is not the result or intentional racism it’s just something that happens indirectly and without malice.
  2. White privilege does not mean a white person may have an easy life at all. In fact a white person born into poverty may have just as hard a life as any minority inheriting a similar financial status.
  3. White privilege does not mean that it’s impossible for a minority/woman/homosexual to get ahead in life. It just means there are things that they will have to deal with that others don’t.
  4. Discussions about white privilege should NOT be driven by anger at any race. It should be a means to bring us all together.
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Civil rights is something that we all can fight for. We all should be willing to fight for the rights of out fellow human being.

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And any talk about our civil rights should encourage all people to join. Just look at these men standing up against Male Privilege.

While it’s important we get past these misconceptions it’s important that discussions about this theory or race in general should not be inflammatory. I’ve met racists of every color and when we use “Blaming” language it just incites derision and anger or guilt. And neither of those is of any use. White guilt doesn’t solve anything. What we need to do is be careful about how we, and those around us talk. We have to try to actively stomp out racist thoughts and statements when we notice them.

But does white privilege even exist? Well a quick Google search will show you numerous examples of it playing out today. Take a look at this clip from the TV show, What Would You Do. (It should open in it’s own window)

Three white kids openly committing a crime and people hesitated to call the police. Conversely, three black youths sleeping in a car and there is a 911 call.

Here is a quick example of white privilege theory in play.

In TV and film, studios are hesitant to cast too many black actors out of fear that they will loose a good portion of the white audience. Also with the exception of Will Smith and Denzel Washington, most producers are hesitant to hire a minority lead because they are a bigger risk.

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Not everyone can be as cool as these two.

Now a producer has a new movie and the lead can be any race or gender. What’s the likely hood that when they choose someone they will be Asian American, or Native American, or Hispanic American, or Indian American. Most likely the lead will be a white heterosexual male. A white newcomer is more likely to sell movie tickets than a minority newcomer especially if taking the movie overseas to Europe (See Here).  Now in this situation the producers aren’t racist. They just want to make as much money as they can, so its much safer for them to hire the white actor over a person of color.

Now before you say that this scenario is unrealistic, I’d like to ask if you remember a movie called 21?

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Did you also know that the movie was based on real events. And the actual guy was asian?  In fact the group of students were all mostly asian? (See details here)

Now these seem like extreme examples, but the thing about white privilege is that there are small instances we overlook everyday. For example; a job interviewer looking at two candidates. One named Alice and the other named Aquanetta. The minorities have the same opportunity but they must get over the obstacles their race has along with it. Many of these things are borne into our society and not any one persons fault. It’s just social norms that we except and don’t really notice unless we discuss them.

However, none of this is to say that all white people have easy lives. No quite the contrary, everyone has hardships and I would never presume to take away from the work and effort that we all put into our accomplishments. But is it not reasonable to say that overall there are more interactions where being a part of the majority works in your favor.  No sane person wants to be racist but ignoring this issue doesn’t help fix the problem. There really isn’t an answer to how to get rid of white privilege aside from recognizing it and trying to diminish it. Just like Male Privilege and Hetero privilege So once again I ask that we openly talk about the issue. We have to ask the RIGHT questions. Where does it exist? Why does it exist there? How can we change it’s effects? To end today I’ll leave you with this final thought.

In America, modern day racism is an old wound left behind from the lacerations of segregation and Jim Crow. And like all wounds it can only be healed by time and attention.  And while the scar left behind may be permanent, ignoring it will only cause it to fester and leave a permanent divide in this country.

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3 comments on “White Privilege Theory: I’m pretty sure this doesn’t mean what you think it means.

  1. Royal Hennessy
    February 7, 2014

    Great post! Every race has their own struggles. We judge others before knowing their background. Their accomplishments should not be downplayed just because of the assumption that they didnt earn it.

    • Danny R.
      February 8, 2014

      Thanks for liking, I really appreciate it. No one’s accomplishments should be downplayed. White Privilege theory is brilliant, but it has an anger inciting name. That’s why we need to take so much care when we talk about it. And unfortunately it’s not a simple problem, and we need to talk about it to try and stop it. But those talks won’t lead anywhere if everyone is just attacking each other.

  2. Tom
    January 16, 2018

    “Our Jewish Privilege gave us the right throughout history to genocide other races especially the White race by creating wars and backing both sides. Our criminal bankster control of white nations meant we could mislead their people into helping us create Colonialism and seize the slave tradefrom the Arabs. Today we are using our Jewish financial grip on Western nations to launch Wars of Genocide against the enemies of Israel from Iraq to Afghanistan to Libya, Syria, Lebanon and all across North Africa. And we are exterminating the White race through mass immigration and enforced miscegenation. While we Jews remain racially pure we accuse Whites of racism if they want to do so.” World Jewish Congress, Budapest, May 7th, 2013

    Anti-white racial hatred is just a classic Marxist technique of destabilizing the society by first dividing it into smaller groups and then pitting them against each other in the name of social justice to counter some kind of ‘historic oppression’. Any radical idea needs an unstable society to thrive, and Cultural Marxists are just creating the groundwork for the radical idea of a Marxist Totalitarian state. White men are the backbone of Western civilization; that is why Cultural Marxists attack white men in western media. The diatribe doesn’t change when it comes to non-white democracies. For instance in Indian media, they replace white men with Hindu men. Such attacks are so common in the Indian media constantly attacking Hindu men like they do white men in white countries. It is the backbone they want to break (white men in white countries, Hindu men in India), because that is the best way to destabilize a country and it is pretty much the same in all democracies.

    White privilege is about as real as antisemitism, racism…or any ism, made up by our jewish controllers as inventions of social engineering.

    “Judaism is communism, internationalism, the universal brotherhood of man, the emancipation of the working class and the human society. It is with these spiritual weapons that the Jews will conquer the world and the human race. The races and the nations will cheerfully submit to the spiritual power of Judaism, and all will become Jews”… Rabbi Harry Waton

    People need to learn, there’s a difference between whites and jews. Communism is the threat to all of humanity and the people who invented it, trying to establish their New World Order over the non jewish world. “Many Jews look white but in essence are not white because they have Jewish blood…like people believe whites were behind the African Slave Trade, when it was actually jews. There were also white slaves, working next to black slaves… and black plantation owners, who owned white and black slaves. To afford the cargo, ships or pay the captains, set up the ports, took money, something most whites did not have back then….it took European Christian whites to end slavery, after fighting against the powerful jewish lobby to keep it going.” -Harold Wallace Rosenthal

    “The devastation of civilization to date by the rapacious hordes of Godless Communism, as well as their planned annihilation of all non-Jewish societies and political organizations, began to ravage the world in the nineteenth century. It has resulted in incredible suffering and death for many millions of Christian victims in many parts of the world. Yet as these Christian victims lie in their graves, unmourned and unknown, a new class of international citizens, (the creators of Marxist terrorism), profess to be the only “victims” who have endured suffering in the past one hundred and fifty years. They command the world to weep for them, because they control the world. These harbingers of terror claim to be “refugees”, since they had no nation of their own, but infested the civilized societies in every part of the world for two thousand years, bringing with them, in every instance, disease and death.

    They have emerged from one shattered nation after another, not as refugees, but as the final victors, bearing away their loot, and scurrying through ports which they have created and which they alone know how to follow, until they come to another host nation. With them they bring, like the medieval Bubonic Plagues, (an infection which they were accused of spreading), a terrible contamination, an infestation which quickly spreads through the new host country, and fells all who become its victims.

    This plague is world Communism, and its known carriers, the furry scavengers who have found their way through the sewers into every civilized place, are the international Jews. We are asked to weep only for the Jews, and to ignore the many millions of actual victims of world terrorism in the past one hundred and fifty years, a chronicle of such horror that one scarcely can bear to put down this bloodstained record, not merely in fear that the world might put away its business in order to mourn these countless victims of international Communist terrorism, but that the tragic fate of these innocents, most of them women and children, is one of such pathos that one’s heart could break from the full impact of its terrifying implications for everyone alive today.

    One of the first victims of the international financiers, shortly after publication of the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx in 1848, was the Southern civilization of the United States. White immigrants had wrested from a hostile territory the means to create a gracious culture, one which the ruder and more unlettered sections of the new Republic could only gape at in admiration, an admiration, however, which soon turned to envy and then hatred. This hatred brought armies into the American South, bearing the terrorists who, unknown at that time, were the first Communist totalitarians determined to wreak their hatred and policies of annihilation on all civilized people. The Southerners were unfortunate enough to be the first victims. Military governments were set up in the conquered South, operating solely on the totalitarian concepts of Godless Communism, with courts functioning under martial law. The Southerners had been robbed of their Constitution, and of their rights to property and even to existence. Their homes were burned and looted, and savage hordes were unleashed to rape and pillage the properties which were occupied only by women and children. To deny the inherited rights of these Southerners, which were still their due under the laws of this nation, a brutal reign of terror, featuring Federal Judges, Federal Courts, and Federal Prisons, which were set up for the first time in any state of these United States. For those Southern patriots who dared to protest these outrages, Federal insane asylums were set up for those who were not executed on the spot.

    From New York, Jewish carpetbaggers, the Lehmans, the Baruchs, and other special emissaries of the Rothschilds, came to seize from the widows and orphans of the Confederate dead their last savings, their last possessions, and their devastated lands. The “Federal” power was absolute, for the military Reconstruction of the South was an occupation zone, and no democratic procedures were allowed the vanquished Southerners until they had been stripped of their last holdings. The impoverished survivors were forced to make a living by whatever pitiful means left to them.” The Secret Holocaust

    The Jews today are not the Hebrews, Shemites and Israelites of the Bible.
    Part of the Jewish masquerade as Israel is the myth that Judaism and Jewry go back to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc. There are two main answers to this false assertion: 1.) Since 95% of all Jews, by their own admission, are of Askenazi/Khazar descent, only 5% ever had any contact with ancient Israel. The Khazars are a NON-SHEMITIC PEOPLE, plain and simple. 2.) The Sephardic branch of Jewry is of Canaanite and Edomite descent. This is the other 5% of the world Jewish population.

    The battle has always been between tyranny and liberty…and today is no different. The globalists want their utopia and New World Order and in order for them to accomplish this, they need to reduce the world population and genocide Whites. This program is doing quite well in Europe, especially Sweden right now.

    If you don’t know who the enemy is, you can’t point the revolution in the right direction.

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