Whites benefit from white privilege regardless of what they've done or haven't done.
I don't feel guilty about it though. It's just the way it is.
More to the point, feeling guilty about it, or not, isn't going to change anything.
#23 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2017-10-22 04:56 PM | FLAG:
I am so sick of this concept. Though to be fair, my criticism is semantics. Whites benefit from no "privilege" whatsoever. On a societal level, whites are simply treated the way everyone should be - this isn't privilege, this is baseline human rights and decency.
Free speech (in the USA) is not a privilege - it is a constitutionally guaranteed right. Freedom of religion: not a privilege. A right. I think my point is obvious and needs no more drawn out explanation - white people are simply treated the way all should be treated. A privilege is something connotated to be above and beyond the minimum.
While this is a semantically based criticism, it is reflective of a larger issue that is currently damaging civil rights across the board in the US. The language is adversarial rather than inclusive. Divisive. This - probably intentionally from the direction of some political sources - divides the classes. Pits less "privileged" whites against minorities. If you're a high school graduate with no further education, no real job prospects, a family to support, and no time or financial resources to invest in further education, and never saw the need to because you're older generation x or baby boomer who benefitted from a time when blue collar work paid and retired well, but just happen to be white, systemic and societal issues are too far removed from you to matter. Calling you privileged will seem a cruel joke or an ignorant attack. Across the board, ALL who have been left behind by the system, by changes to society and economy - or in the case of POC, not enough changes to society - need to be united.
Current social justice advocates either blatantly fail to see this, or worse, are playing to this in an attempt to harness altering demographics in an obvious reverse of the old political "southern strategy." It is sickening to see, and horribly comes at the worst possible time as the chasm between rich and poor in this nation expands ever greater and classes stratify ever harder, making it just that much harder for all the economically less advanced to break free of their disadvantages.
Liberals are screwing up. This is why, despite being so far left as to be a Chomskyesque "libertarian socialist" or basically an economic socialist who believes in as little behavioral legislation as is socially possible, I'm flat out party independent. Screw big money neoliberal democrats who have pounced yet again on civil rights as a wedge issue for their advantage and the detriment of all Americans.