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Editor’s Note: We published this blog back in July, but we’re running it again today because Hillary Clinton of all people just spoke on behalf of hundreds of millions of white people who aren’t recognizing their privilege:
No Hillary. The only one who is privileged here is you. You and your boy Al Sharpton there, who has made millions of dollars off of faux racism (see Duke Lacrosse) while avoiding paying taxes. You are a rich white woman who went to private school and banged your way into the White House. Now you think you get to be President because you have a wardrobe of fluorescent colored muumuus. You are the definition of white privilege, but most of us don’t share in these privileges. Here’s the blog we wrote in July.
MTV continues to compete with TLC and CNN for worst channels in the history of television. The same channel that brought you the Jersey Shore is going to be bringing you a documentary about “white privilege” entitled, “White People.” Because there is nothing racist at all about calling a show “white people.” After all, every white person in America feels the same way about race because they’ve all grown up under the exact same circumstances and have experienced the exact same things. Here’s a trailer:
White privilege is defined as a “term for societal privileges that benefit white people in western countries beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances.” It’s a term that has come up frequently in race discussions in Worcester. But the problem is that it’s not real. So just to prove our point, here are the Top 11 Reasons That White Privilege Is Not A Real Thing.
11. Nathan Pickens still has a job because only white people are capable of being racist.
Nathan Pickens, Worcester’s most notorious racist, called an African immigrant a “house nigger” and repeatedly referred to him as a “coon,” because he had the audacity to support Michael Gaffney for Mayor. Mr. Pickens labeled Mr. Gaffney as a racist, despite having no evidence that he was a racist. When a white woman who was offended by this told him that he was going to report his Facebook posts to his employer, he referred to this as “white privilege” and claimed that he could not be racist because he was black. If white privilege were a real thing, then white people would have the privilege of being immune to allegations of racism.
10. Privilege comes from socioeconomic factors, not racial makeup.
The concept of white privilege assumes that all white people grow up under the same circumstances, in the same way it assumes that black people do as well. If you grow up with a white single mother in a housing project in Holyoke, you’re not going to have access to the same type of guidance and resources at home as a rich kid (white or black) from Longmeadow. Poor white students will never be able to qualify for minority scholarships, and thus have no privileges, while upper middle class black students have a plethora of opportunities that would not be available to them if they were white.
9. Saida Grundy still has a job at BU.
Saida Grundy is the Boston University professor who tweeted out TONS of racist things like this:
And then mocked a white rape victim on Facebook by using the hashtag, #whitegirltears.
The fact that she is still employed, while it’s undebatable that a white professor would’ve been fired for saying such things about people of color, is proof that there are no privileges in academia that come with being white. Rather it proves the opposite – there are many privileges that come with being a person of color such as Saida Grundy.
8. There is a great push nationwide to diversify industries that are “too white.” There is no such push to diversity industries where white people are underrepresented.
In Worcester the Department of Justice is here to investigate why teachers at North High School are so white. A common complaint has been that the faculty in the WPS, and lots of other urban school districts, isn’t diverse enough. We’ve even added a six figure, “Chief Diversity Officer” to the budget next year.
Several WPS students accused their teachers of being racist, with unproven anecdotes. Thus they called for more teachers of color, because white teachers cannot relate to them. Yet there are no complaints from white students that black teachers don’t “understand them.”
However, players in the NBA and NFL are predominantly black, and are very highly paid. At some positions (cornerback, running back) there are almost no white athletes. Yet there is no push to diversify these highly paid industries. Only industries where white people are “overrepresented” is there such a push.
7. Everything is in Spanish, and nothing is in Polish or Albanian.
You can’t do anything anymore without pressing 1 for English. Notices at school are sent home in English and Spanish. But nothing is sent home in Polish, Albanian, Russian, or Lithuanian. Thus immigrants from those predominantly white countries are forced to learn the language, while spanish speaking immigrants are given tools to assimilate. Many of these white immigrants have left jobs as doctors and other respected professions in their homelands, and work at McDonald’s in America. If white privilege were a real thing these immigrants would come to America and instantly find well paying jobs, and society would provide accommodations for them in their native language.
6. Dylan Roof and people like him would get away with murder by using their white privilege cards.
Dylan Roof committed a heinous crime, surrendered, and was arrested. He will likely be executed. Dick Matt and David Sweat broke out of prison and had thousands of law enforcement agents look for them for 23 days before they were apprehended. If white privilege were a real thing then the cops would’ve said, “fuck it, they’re white” and let them sneak into Canada.
5. The majority of welfare recipients in America are white.
There are millions upon millions of white Americans living below the poverty line. Take a quick trip through Kentucky or West Virginia and watch what you see. Or if you don’t wanna travel that far, take a quick whirl through Ware or Charlemont or Colrain. You’ll be greeted by thousands of white people living in trailers, who qualify for every form of public assistance that poor people of color do. If white privilege were a real thing, these people would use it to move out of their trailer park, and into a comfortable home in suburbia.
4. If white privilege were real, then accused white rapists such as the Duke Lacrosse team, Paul Nungesser, and every frat brother in the UVA chapter of Phi Kappa Psi, would NEVER have been labeled as guilty before they were proven innocent.
When a black stripper accused several members of the Duke Lacrosse team of raping her in 2005, they were kicked out of school, their coach was fired, and their season ended. It turned out to all be a lie.
Paul Nungusser is a white immigrant from Germany who was accused of rape by his white former friend Emma Sulcowicz. A series of text messages between the two seems to show that the two friends slept together, and then he stopped answering her calls. Months later she accused him of rape and carried around a mattress for three years at Columbia, including at his graduation graduation, to symbolize her rape. The project, which was clearly designed as a way to bully a student who was not charged with anything, was encouraged by her art professor, as was the harassment and vilification of her “rapist” who was never tried in a court of law, and was cleared of any wrongdoing by the University. Since then she has gone on to make a pornographic video depicting her rape, that she calls “art.”
Phi Kappa Psi is a fraternity at the University of Virginia where Jackie Coakley claims she was gang raped by seven frat brothers. Rolling Stone reported the story as fact, but after several of her friends came forward to say that she was lying, and the TONS of inconsistencies in her story came to light, Rolling Stone took the story down.
In all three of these cases the general public believed that these white male students were guilty before they eventually proved their innocence. Because when you’re a white college dude in America, it’s assumed that you have rapey tendencies, and vilifying white male college students is a victimless crime. Who gives a shit if you ruin the life of a white male college student? He can just use his white privilege card to make it all disappear. LOL. If white privilege were a real thing, these students NEVER have been punished for crimes they didn’t commit in such a manner.
3. Almost every white person in this country is a descendent of a post-antebellum European immigrant.
White privilege assumes that ALL white folk enjoy the long term benefits of slavery and segregation. But the vast majority of white people in America are descendants of European immigrants who came here AFTER the Civil War. Nearly 1 in 3 Americans can trace their roots to Ellis Island, which did not open until the 1892. Most were greeted by “natives” who refused to hire them and discriminated against them based on their country of origin. If white privilege were a real thing, then every white person living in America would be directly benefiting from the slave owning history of their white ancestors.
2. Rachel Dolezal.
Rachel Dolezal is the former head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, who pretended to be black in order to further herself professionally. As a result of her lies she gained access to jobs that would’ve been virtually unattainable if she were white. Thus she had reason to pretend to be black. A white woman would not have gotten a job teaching African-American history at Eastern Washington University. If white privilege were a real thing, then Rachel Dolezal NEVER would’ve abandoned her privileged race and pretended to a member of an “oppressed” race.
1. Never in the history of forms, has it ever been advantageous to check off the box for “white.”
Almost every time you took a standardized test or filled out a job application, you were forced to identify which race you identified with. Not once in the history of mankind has it ever been beneficial to check off the box for white. By checking the box for white, you are well aware that this can only hurt you. At best it will have no effect. But they are asking you that question for a reason. Because everyone is looking to diversify, and no one is looking to hire another white person. If white privilege were a real thing, white folks would LICKING THEIR CHOPS to fill that the “white” box.
So there you have it. Obviously every single thing we just wrote it logical and backed up by facts. Nevertheless, it will take about 8-10 seconds before poopsmooching hippies come out of the woodworks and say this is racist. Because that’s what you do when you don’t have a legitimate point of view. You make up words like white privilege and call everyone else who is smarter than you racist.
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