In the United States, one of the most divisive issues the country faces is race. Since the birth of the nation and going forward to the civil war, white America was guilty of committing its original sin: slavery. Then, with things like Jim Crow and segregation, white people continued to oppress minorities, particularly African-Americans. This instilled in minorities a view that white people had advantages over them just because of the color of their skin. White privilege was something that you got by just being born white. Since the Civil Rights Movement in the ’60s, things have changed a lot. Through programs like Affirmative Action, the playing field has become much more level. We have seen the first African-American president in the United States. Minorities’ influence in this country has grown dramatically and many have reached levels thought unthinkable just a short time ago. With this being the case, it does raise the question: Does white privilege exist?
People who believe white privilege exists argue that even the poorest white person would not change places with a rich minority. They feel that when it comes to things like dealing with the police, white people are given a huge amount of leeway when it comes to their behavior, whereas a minority is taking their very lives into their own hands when talking to a police officer. Also, they feel that a white person still has huge advantages over minorities when it comes to getting job opportunities and getting into schools. Finally, despite people like President Obama, white people still control almost all the levers of power in this country.