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IS there White Privilege in America?: My Answer

Updated on December 10, 2014

Of course there is and History proves it.

Yes, and let me explain it to you like this. Most Americans know that there was slavery when this country first began, but most don't know that there have been three other kinds of servitude that involve black/poor people in America.

After the Emancipation proclamation, the South particularly, started a type of bondage call Peonage. It's where we get our word peon from. Peonage in the South was bad because black men would be arrested for a minor crime like loitering or vagrancy. A white land owner would bail them out and they would have to go to work for him for menial wages. The goal was to get the worker so indebted to the white person that they, in effect, became his slave. That was outlawed in 1921 when two men were arrested for killing peons. Coincidentally, John S. Smith was the first white man in America who was convicted of killing a black person. During this time, there was a concentrated effort to destroy black wealth. Race riots, at this time, was whites running through black neighborhoods and burning everything and lynching every man they could find. Look up the red summer.

Then the South particularly, and the North too, began what we know as Jim Crow. Southerners were more open about it, but blacks in California and New York knew the individual dividing lines of each place. Jim Crow forced blacks into substandard housing, schools and the lowest jobs on the totem pole. At this time, also, black business, churches, and homes were burned with impunity.

The final servitude for black men began with the drug war in the 1970s and continued up and until a few months ago when sentencing guidelines were changed. Most people don't know that there were gangs in Los Angeles long before we began the Gang/Drug War.. They killed each other every night. What changed that was the introduction of crack cocaine. When crack entered the picture, the guidelines were change so that if you had an ounce of crack, you got 3x the sentence that you did if you had an ounce of powder cocaine. Where the crack came from is another story. We began three strikes laws. So, who did the drug dealers get to sell the drugs and to protect their interest? Gang bangers! WE warehoused non-violent drug offenders in private prisons all over this country. When/If they get out of prison, they are disenfranchised because they can't work, vote, or participate in public discourse.

What does this say about white privilege? Black men have been, since the beginning, the poorest, the highest in infant mortality, and at the bottom of every economic indicator since we created economic indicators. So, it didn't matter if you emigrated from Ireland, Italy, India, or Asia, when you come here, you have more opportunity offered to you and quicker advancement than any African American ever had. If you are European, you assimilate into American culture seamlessly and are offered opportunities and advancement simply because you are not black. That is white privilege in America.

However, if you want to see white privilege in action, just click on this link or scroll down!

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      brian 3 years ago

      I wish my skin was black. Black skin makes you look stronger. A lot stronger. The darker your skin is the stronger it makes you look.

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      Matty2014 3 years ago

      In term of changing the sociality, I think it is important encourage young people to participate in politic, science and media industry. because I think younger people are more likely to have fresh idea, to freed from the racial, cultural and gender stereotypes.

      I think white privilege is came from racial stereotypes, and this stereotypes influence people's mind, interaction and decision.

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      Bruce Bean 3 years ago from Riverside, CA

      Those stats come from the FBI. I can edit wikipedia. LOL.

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      S Leretseh 3 years ago

      Oh, I should also point out that your links on crime regard ONLY the arrests. The number of crimes per crime category are much, much higher.

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      S Leretseh 3 years ago

      PERFECT example why I don't believe statistics coming from liberals.

      Your link claims a minuscule 18,405 rapes for 2005. I am no novice at crime stats - particularly from the black race. I knew darn well THAT figure just couldn't be.

      Here is a link that is far more believable . ALSO, note how the US crime stats attempt to inflate white crime (like rape) by including many other races that are not of Euro descent.

      Oh, and yes I did read your hub here. The ridiculousness of it ...made me laugh.

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      Bruce Bean 3 years ago from Riverside, CA

      2012 Hate Crime Stats: "Of the 5,331 known offenders, 54.6 percent were white and 23.3 percent were black. The race was unknown for 11.5 percent, and other races accounted for the remaining known offenders."

      2005 Hate Crime Stats. I don't know where your boy got his information but I think he was mining for BS.

      By Race

      An analysis of available race data for the 6,804 known hate crime offenders revealed that:

      60.5 percent were white.

      19.9 percent were black.

      12.3 percent were unknown.

      5.2 percent were groups made up of individuals of various races (multiple races, group).

      1.1 percent of known offenders were American Indian/Alaskan Native.

      0.9 percent were Asian/Pacific Islander.

      (Based on Table 9.)

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      Bruce Bean 3 years ago from Riverside, CA

      2005 crime stats. Whites committed more murders and they still committed 70% of the crimes.

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      Bruce Bean 3 years ago from Riverside, CA

      LOL! I was answering a question on hubpages. The question was, "Do you believe that there is white privilege in America. I'm sure you guys didn't even read what I wrote.

      They are nine years old and it represents less than 1% of the crime. Are we going to go through this again?

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      S Leretseh 3 years ago

      White privilege. What a laugh... Mr. American white male/'re NEVER going to satisfy this spoiled to core, PRIVILEGED racial group (the black race). They're going to forever more...continue to come at you demanding you GIVE them what they want for FREE.

      Naturally, the "white privilege" argument is one that can last forever. The other one is the "critical race" theory, which purports to explain away all the failure of the black race in America and , OF COURSE, blame white people - i.e. white people are inherently racist people and therefore the black race doesn't stand a chance. Blacks, MUST therefore be given what they want for FREE.

      I find it amazing that the author of this hub can completely dismiss staggering to the imagination crimes levels against white people by his people because (ready for this)) the statistics I gave him were 9 years-old. In 2005, black males, in the age group 15-34, one out of ten (!) committed a violent crime against a white person(s). More than 90% of the violent crimes that year ... that crossed racial lines ... came from HIS people and were directed at white people. And now he wants to bring up the 150 years-ago slavery days to obfuscate the black PRIVILEGE today in America (which also includes blacks getting a 50 year complete pass on their racism in America).

      UNBELIEVABLE. Paste this into your search engine if you want to see TRUE privilege - the black PRIVILEGE (they acknowledge none of it).

      Oh, yeah, blacks want it to keep on coming... Source of the black PRIVILEGE in America? Guilt-tripping white people .... STAND UP TO IT mr.white male/female. Blacks are believing this NONSENSE..and they are getting violent in their pursuit of FREE thing from the white tax base and white people.