Does white privilege exist?

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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.

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5 Comments on “Does white privilege exist?”

  1. White privilege is just another tool to divide the nation. Not one white person living today was a slave owner and not one black person was a slave. We have outgrown the ignorance of that part of our history. Most of my friends have relatives/children in mixed race relationships/marriages and some have mixed race children/grand children. I do. And these foolish debates hurt them the most.

    We are better then the fools in Gov. and the Elites that need us divided. We are a great people of all races and we are stronger united. “They” know that and it scares the sh*t out of them.

  2. OK… you asked so I shall try to give my answer……….
    The term ‘White Privilege ‘ can only be debated by fact…… for instance……. Can a non white achieve the status that a ‘White’can ?
    Well I count Obama about 8M$ a year, Colin Kaepernick had a 126M contract in 2014,Nigerian cement tycoon Aliko Dangote is still the richest black person in the world, with a fortune estimated at $12.2 billion. Thats one point of thought.
    Another point of thought may be that Colin (above) was rejected by his parents…….. His ‘new’ parents were white and could have adopted a white child ……… was that Black privilege?
    Just WHO is white…? If you say ‘white’ it infers that you are talking about those that are not black…… well that’s a convenience trait for those that wish to be victims. If we talk about all those non whites that have suffered because of ‘White privilege’ do we include those are say Indian Pakistani or Asian?
    These three races are known for their education, reliability, trustworthiness, and great employees. Not only that they are the most successful of Non whites.
    Kwasi Enin, the New York high school student accepted by the eight Ivy League schools — Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Princeton and Cornell. Perhaps its the level of effort?
    And lastly what right has anyone to use a offensive phrase like that to ANYONE at all?

  3. I believe that there is an advantage to not being a minority but would hardly call it a “privilege” . But,it is also advantageous in many areas to being an African American or an Asian American.I can’t shoot hoops or do math for example. Bad analogy, I guess. My point however is this. All things being equal, my life as an Italian American female is no more a walk in the park than yours is. The Bible says that ” For He makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and the unjust” alike. Life has it’s challenges for very one of us. The color of one’s skin is overcomeable.

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