Don’t get hung up on the term ‘white privilege’, ok? I’ve seen all the same articles and videos as you that debunk ‘white privilege’ based on an economical scale, and it’s a pretty myopic view to take. It turns humanity into a numbers game- I watched one dude on youtube try and tell me that it should be called “Asian privilege” because Asians have the highest household median income in America. Oh, and he went on to say that African Americans make more money than the Whites, if you consider the “Nigerian Americans”, and “Ghanaian Americans”. Hahahahahahaha! GTFOH dude!
If you think that ‘white privilege’ is bullshit based on economics, I sure hope you aren’t a Christian, because you’d be pretty far away from “What would Jesus do?”- unless your version of Jesus is spiteful and small minded. If so, well then fuck, good luck with that. Gotta be tough with all that hypocrisy tainting your soul.
No, white privilege is about the human side, about how we interact with each other based on race.
Now that I’ve made everyone feel welcome ;) here’s how I learned about ‘White privilege’-
I moved to New York City in 1985 at the age of 18 to attend acting school. It was a whirlwind of discovery with new friends (that I still have 30 years on), intense and immersive training that we all soaked up like sponges, and the wild edginess of Ed Koch’s graffiti’d and dirty New York. What a way to cut one’s teeth as a young adult! It was magical.
We worked hard and played hard, and the after show cast parties were epic.
One night, I was leaving a cast party at the same time as one of my best friends, we had school the next day so we couldn’t stay too late. We stopped for a minute to have a cigarette before we headed off in different directions.
“Hey man,’ said my friend “will you hail a cab for me?”
“What? Are you serious? How come?” It seemed like such an out of the blue request and I was confused and surprised as to why he was asking. My friend got this look on his face that I’ll never forget, like it hurt him to answer my question.
“They won’t stop for me, man. They practically never do, and at night you can forget even trying.”
My friend is black.
I stood there in silent shock, almost in disbelief. How could my friend- who was basically the star of the whole school, who was miles above all of us in talent and skill- how was it possible that he needed ME to get a cab for HIM?!
Because I’m white.
I think he could tell that I was having a hard time getting my head around what he was saying, because he said, “Check this out. Stand back in that doorway and finish your smoke.” I did what he asked.
He walked up to the corner and raised his hand for the cabs that were heading our way- there’s always cabs in midtown.
I watched as cab after cab slowed, checked him out and gassed it right passed him. It fucking sucked. He came over to me.
“Now you try. I’ll stand in the doorway.”
I walked out to the corner and stuck my hand up. First cab that came, screeched to halt. I opened the door as my friend walked over. He gave me a hug.
“Thanks man, see you tomorrow.” He said.
“Yeah, see you tomorrow.” I half mumbled, “I’m sorry man.” I really was.
“It’s ok.” He said, and off he went leaving me with a tiny glimpse into his world that had floored me. It made me think that if something as relatively minor as hailing a cab was difficult for my friend, what else must he run into on a daily basis? If he gets discriminated against based on the color of his skin when it comes to getting a taxi, how the fuck is he going to get treated fairly in the workplace?! My happy little fantasy bubble had been well and truly burst.
I started to notice discrimination a lot more after that.
Shopkeepers would follow people of color around the store to make sure they weren’t shoplifting. I never got followed around. I would see cops patting down people of color randomly in the streets. I never got randomly stopped, but my friends did. I watched how people of color were treated with suspicion and fear, while I cruised through NYC unencumbered by judgement and stereotype.
All I had to do was open my eyes, and look through someone else’s.
Whatever you want to call it, white privilege is real, and no socio-economic cherry picking is going to convince me otherwise, and this is coming from a broke arse, working class, white man. If you’ve got a problem with the term ‘white privilege’ then how about ‘institutional racism’? Because that’s what it is.
Here’s one last thing I want to lay on the naysayers before I go. It’s a Newt Gingrich quote-
“the objective reality is virtually no one who is white understands the challenge of being black in America.”
It’s right from his mouth, folks. He said it in the Netflix documentary ‘13th’. If you haven’t seen it, watch it now, then watch it with your kids if they’re old enough to get it. It’s powerful and real.
Hate crimes are on a meteoric rise at the moment, so don’t stand by the side and let this shit happen. Known anti-semites, racists, and bigots are topping the lists for the next administration’s highest positions. They are the ones trying to convince the white working class that white privilege is a fallacy, based on all the broke arse whiteys. It’s a shell game, and it’s working. Let’s keep working to pull the curtain back on these shysters and show their cold cruel hearts. If you’re a Christian who supports these appointments, then may I say that you’re missing big J’s philosophy by a country mile.
I think it would go something like this. I’m basing these characters from the comments section on public Facebook posts. Oh yeah, I’m all about the research.
The scene opens with a man and woman on their knees, praying to Jesus.
Man- Dear Jesus, please watch over our new president and keep him safe as he works to make our country great again.
Woman- Yes, sweet lord, please assist him in his great works. Help him build the wall to keep us safe from the Mexicans.
Man- Help him to register all the Godless muslims, Jesus, and then help him get them removed from our great country, Oh Lord.
Woman- Yes, Sweet Jesus, Please watch over President Trump, so he can keep us safe from radical terrorists.
Man and Woman- Amen.
Jesus- LOL! SMH!
Sorry if you think I’m ragging on Christians, I’m not. I’m ragging on hypocrite Christians. And also sorry for that weird little veering rant just now, I went off topic a bit there. I’m not sorry enough to edit it out, though ;).
That’s it for now.
Thanks for reading, see you soon.
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