Interesting week so far. Been called a racist a couple times, reminded of my “white privilege,” and described as “callous” – all by a guy with a blog called “PATRICK THOMAS HENRY” (PTH).
I have heard this meme of “white privilege” before and for the most part consider it irrelevant. How about “rich privilege” or “Kennedy privilege“? I wasn’t born into a family with tons of money but I didn’t spend a lot of time setting around hating those who did. This is America where if you are talented and ambitious enough you can get ahead (at least that was true enough when I was growing up though seems politicians are working overtime to make that less possible, for everyone; black, white, or yellow).
PTH gave me a link to an article from an academic supposedly I guess to explain with 50 examples of how I should feed bad about all my privileges. This one was pretty good:
49. My children are given texts and classes which implicitly support our kind of family unit and do not turn them against my choice of domestic partnership.
So let’s unpack this a bit. Presumably the “domestic partnership” not supported here is an unmarried black women with children – perhaps with different fathers – where the “partnership” is the current man living with her? I remember back in the 1960s when the black kids started coming to our school. That is when I learned the word “motherfucker” from them.
So it is privilege to have texts that show a nuclear family with a father and mother and their children instead of a woman and her current motherfucker? Maybe black culture would like to have an alternate holiday to “Father’s Day”? Call it “Motherfucker’s Day“?
If you read black authors like Thomas Sowell you will see that the social programs of the last half century or so have largely destroyed the black family. Back in the 1950s slightly less black children were born out of wedlock than white children according to Sowell’s research. That sure has changed a lot. The MF word is a very expressive symbol of what happened in black culture.
44. I can easily find academic courses and institutions which give attention only to people of my race.
Seriously? Don’t we have a black President who most likely got a lot of attention. I guess someone never heard of Affirmative Action or Critical Race Theory college classes?
6. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.
Sure. Never heard of Will Smith or seen “Independence Day“? Black actors are all over television and movies. Enough.
Here is what real privilege is. Real privilege is when the law of a country says A can do this and B cannot. I saw that with my own eyes. I can remember signs in a train station in Missouri that said “Blacks Only” over one water fountain and “Whites Only” over the other.
That doesn’t exist today in America. It did when I was born. Any black who will resist taunts and attacks of other blacks (for acting “white”) and get some education, dress without their pants falling down to show off their underwear, and will learn basic English can get a job, and often not too bad a one. Companies and institutions have quotas to fill to guarantee “diversity.”
The greatest obstacle to many blacks in advancing in this society is their virulent racism and hatred of non-blacks (Whites, Jews, Koreans, etc.) and the illusion that it is white racism that is holding them back.
Slavery and Jim Crow were then, but now is now and things have changed enormously in the meantime. Kids think black is cool today. You have white kids wanting to be and sometimes pretending to be black.
The only thing really holding blacks back today are other blacks and Democrats (Read Black Votes Matter).