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The Myth of White Privilege

Updated on March 9, 2016
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When he's not writing poetry or political articles, Ralph fills his time by researching various topics that are influencing society today.

The term “white privilege” stands for a perceived societal benefit that people with white (Caucasian) skin enjoy in Western countries as compared to people with non-white skin. Under the premise of this theory, white skinned people are supposed to have an invisible package of unearned assets which gives them an economic, social, and cultural advantage above all other skin colors. Some of these assets used by the theorists are the freedom to move freely, to work anywhere they choose, to buy without predisposition, a presumed higher social status, and freedom from many of the prejudices non-whites experience. Another presumption about white privilege is based on a larger societal viewpoint and is in regards to how the country celebrates holidays, views religion, cultural practices, and overall living experiences.

Affirmative Action and Politics

In reality White Privilege is the equivalent to a modern day Affirmative Action program. Affirmative action dates back to 1961 in America, specifically to an Executive Order signed by then President John F. Kennedy which stated that groups take affirmative action to insure that people are employed and treated fairly in employment with no bias based on race, skin color, creed, or national origin. Yet, despite over fifty years of being in place, the entire premise did not produce the results that were expected. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a bi-partisan bill passed with strong support by both parties and truly defined equal rights. Many attach affirmative action to this landmark piece of legislation to prop it up as a success, but when we look at the Executive Order and how it’s been used over time, the shortcomings are numerous. The program morphed into imposing racial preferences and quotas in hiring and America saw policies being inserted into federal bureaucracy that gave preference to non-whites. Soon this practice became the norm for any organization which received Federal funding and culminated with President Nixon signing an Executive Order which called for “affirmative action” in all government agencies. Black Americans prospered under Nixon and they fell in love with the quota system that many white Americans were beginning to label as discriminatory.

Many political opponents of President Nixon assumed he was simply “playing ball” to capture the black American voting block and to avoid the race riots American had seen in past years. Yet behind the scenes the cracks were emerging as quotas and mandates were circumvented and employees shifted around to meet actual requirements. In other words, now that employers knew the targets for minority hires they could game the system. Corporate America added blacks to their staffs, in the form of low skill workers or in areas that didn’t make any impact on their real businesses. It was simply an illusion to meet the mandate and the costs were passed on to the consumers. Blacks were unwittingly duped into thinking they had reached an equality with white workers, earning more money, improving their standards of living, and offering them upward mobility, when in fact it was nothing more than sidelining their anger and neutralizing them from actual fulfillment. The irony of the period is that black Americans who stood arm in arm to demand civil rights and overthrow “the system” were now firmly entrenched in it.

Race Riots in America 1960's

Reverse Racism

White America, the so-called privileged people, saw affirmative action for exactly what it was; a way to control blacks and keep them off the streets so white people could go about the business of running the nation. Yet, when the recession of the 1970’s hit coupled with the OPEC oil embargoes, white America began to push back and the term “reverse racism” became more common among the unemployed. Once again politics came into the picture and the serve went back to the Democrats as the champions of race-based rights. Because of their strong union backing, Liberals didn’t approve of the quotas which Nixon made so popular. Yet, their leadership desired to control over blacks and more importantly their voting block and as Republican politicians fielded more and more complaints from unemployed whites, they started abandoning their strong ties with the black community which the Liberal Democrats thankfully swooped in to claim as their own. President Ronald Reagan immediately stated dismantling race based policies, much to the dismay of black Americans. Scholars say that Affirmative Action was created by Republicans to control blacks and once they were under control, it was safe to dismantle those programs. The hopes and dreams of black America were met with the startling reality that the past decades had only been a smokescreen. America wasn’t going to continue to offer them favorable treatment.

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The Failures of Affirmative Action

Since affirmative action never defined where workers needed to be placed, very few blacks were ever employed in any jobs which mattered. The technology sector, research and development, finance, and other disciplines which required many years of education such as engineering or medicine were not infused with black workers because they were not qualified. This fact gave weight to the use of affirmative action in college admissions. Yet despite the admission into college, blacks underperformed or migrated into liberal arts courses instead of the more difficult areas of study. Some theorists believe that the idea of giving weighted college admissions is too little too late as many young blacks have already been influenced by enough factors in their formative years that cannot be changed. Once again, the premise of white privilege becomes part of the discussion, with blacks crying foul that they weren’t given enough opportunity in high school to build a successful foundation, or for that matter in elementary school or earlier.

Yet supporters of affirmative action and similar programs refuse to see the programs for what they were and make repeated excuses for the fact that it was a failed social experiment. They cherry pick the statistics for the few gems in the rough and tout them heavily. Yes, a handful of people benefitted from affirmative action and went on to lead solid careers, yet the masses have not seen any real sustainable benefits. Black unemployment figures are consistently twice that of whites. Many colleges are bringing in students who are unsuited for college, just to make their student body seem diverse. Politicians, horse trading in Washington, are allowing these failed race based programs to continue, but for how long and at what cost to America.

White Privilege on Display

The problems that have existed for over fifty years are still there, despite the shroud they are hidden under. And now that we understand the history of events, we can resume looking at the current version of implied social justice called white privilege. Although historians can cite incidents of white privilege dating back to the 18th century, it really hasn’t been a huge topic in America until around 2012. This concept of white skinned people having a privilege has escalated over the last few years, with major media sources speaking extensively about it, social justice warriors carrying it as a battle cry, and race based groups making demands based on it. With the high media coverage, it’s gained steam and now even delves into the ridiculous topics such as the color of a Band-Aid or pantyhose. The constant coverage of the perceived inequities are making in impact, albeit not to the degree demanded. America has seen many companies and government agencies prepare and start executing training sessions for their employees on white privilege, race privilege, or white male privilege. They use terms like tolerance and multiculturalism to somehow validate their efforts, but the casual observer can see that it’s just more of the same tactics packaged differently.

White America Responds

Unless there is political or economic capital to gain, white people are not interested in making black lives better, nor are they interested in capitulating to ludicrous demands made such as releasing all blacks who are in prison. So instead, they create the illusion that they care, just as with affirmative action and so many other showpiece plans of the past. Major companies will do very visible diversity training which the media will be invited to, just to show that they care. Federal agencies, including the US Military will provide slide shows and seminars on Equal Opportunity and the value of diversity. Whites will get virtually slapped just for being born white, only to appease the angry black man. Companies will suddenly start making products that appeal to black citizens, despite the fact that they will be unprofitable. Trendy websites will show people of all races and colors doing collective tasks like holding hands, sports, and even in romantic settings just to demonstrate that everything is working and blacks and whites are moving closer together because whites are “checking” their white privileges. Schools will rewrite history books and highlight the contributions of blacks over time and everyone who is white will see that they’ve always been wrong about their fellow human beings who just happened to be born black. Perhaps more things, cursory things of course, because no one wants real change, do they?

Black Extortion?

Well, some of those things are already happening across America, but it won’t make a bit of difference to change the stance of black Americans in the long run. Yes, when the level of “payment” is high enough, blacks will quiet down and give up the fight, returning to their everyday lives, and maybe even feeling like they've beaten the system. Whites will finally see the rewards of their charade in being allowed to go back to earning money, building things, and developing the technologies of the future since the angry black man has been placated for the time being. The term white privilege will lose its impact after a while, perhaps a decade or two will pass and the cycle will begin again.

The larger issue is asking why this cycle continues to repeat, with blacks making demands which often are violent and whites placating them with bribes to keep them quiet and in line. In a land of equal opportunity, blacks still feel like they are being persecuted, underserved by society, and looked upon like lower class citizens as compared to white people. Also consider that every program that has been put into place to help minorities succeed has been racist and unfair to the white population, deserving or not. In fact today we are seeing programs that give newly arrived immigrant’s unfair advantages over American citizens. The injustices, suffered by black Americans in the early history of America are often seen as the starting point in where blacks trace the origins of their anger. Yet with decades of social programs, public assistance, education, training, and programs like affirmative action, the black community still flounders at the lower end of the socio-economic scale. Blacks in America experience a higher poverty rate, a much higher level of incarceration, crime, drug abuse, physical abuse, and broken homes within their own communities, none of which are caused by white privilege or white people. Government programs have done nothing but keep the black man in a state of perpetual control. And yes, America is fraught with racism, but it comes from all colors and is directed to all colors. Blacks are just as guilty as whites, again nothing to correlate this with white privilege. In fact, after seeing the data, one could say blacks are more privileged than whites in America and have squandered over fifty years of assistance from a myriad of agencies.

Black Privilege

The social advantage of being black is actually bigger than anyone might think. Blacks are free to raise their voices as loudly as they want in any venue about almost any issue. Black Lives Matters protesters routinely invade public spaces and preach hate speech for lengthy periods, most often with no arrests or punishments. Black athletes, black musicians, black comedians, black politicians, black ministers, and black militants alike can continually and constantly spew hate speech about other races with no consequences. They can make death threats on social media about whites, cheer when whites die, and mock whites when they defeat them and no one says a peep. If a white person dared to criticize a black person, the mob mentality would destroy them. Blacks have had multiple Federal and state programs designated just for their benefit, while whites or other minorities sat on the sidelines. Despite the cold hard facts concerning crime and the frequency blacks commit crime, the black community tries to blame it on white officers. More blacks are awarded athletic scholarships than any other race and more professional athletes are black than any other race. Black people regularly intimidate whites with activities such as the knockout game and use the fear of violence to terrorize whites. Yet blacks are more likely to play the victim role. Any black person can decide he or she speaks for the entire race of blacks at any time. These are just some of the privileges that blacks enjoy because of their skin color, yet they remain as non-issues in the larger picture. Academia, politics, and the media are all focused on skin color and that color isn’t white. So where’s the impact of white privilege?

Uncomfortable Questions

So we are forced to look at the question that no one wants to answer, if not white privilege, what is holding back the black community today? Nothing in history can explain why crime, immorality, and the lack of responsibility are so high in the black community. Slavery, segregation, and racism are horrific and embarrassing parts of America’s history, but they do not define a race in the modern era. The level of black on black crime demonstrates that blacks are not targeting whites as some sort of revenge. Is it easier for blacks to use whites as a scapegoat for everything rather than pull themselves up with old fashioned hard work and determination? Even with a black President, a black Attorney General, and other highly positioned black leaders in America, things have not improved for blacks; in fact they’ve gotten worse. White people are not the problem, nor are white people the solution as it lies within the choices made by black Americans in every aspect of life.

Author's Notes

This may be the most controversial thing I've written in a long time and it is by no means meant to pass judgment on anyone. It's a stark and to the point look at an on-going cycle in America that seemingly has no end. Feel free to express yourself as strongly as you wish, but remember that this is simply a presentation of facts. I won't censor any comment on this topic. Don't try to pick a fight with me over what you read, as I'm not making it up.

Hate the issues, not the writer.....

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  • Americanpatriot72 profile image

    Rob Gilmore 

    2 months ago from Maryville

    Rodric,

    I understand what your saying. Until other people like yourself realize they being held back from great futures by segregating themselves it will not happen. Everyone including the low income whites to step up and realize they are Americans. Not low income blacks or whites. Let go of the past but keep the lessons that were learned and take every opportunity presented to you as well as making thier own opportunities. Because we are AMERICANS! Regardless of color, gender or income.

    God bless!!

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    Rodric Anthony Johnson 

    2 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

    Rob, far be it from me to try to hijack Ralf's forum here with my brand of Americana, but I have an opinion! I am Black and I agree with you. I believe it will take a few generations for most of us Blacks to feel the same way as you do because of the legal discrimination against our race that is still fresh in the minds of the previous generation, my parents--those who marched in the Civil Rights movement from both the Black and White races and were sprayed by hoses, beaten, and attacked by dogs. My mother just passed away last month and my father in 2015. That generation is dying off. actual witnesses to the atrocities of that brand of institutional overt racism. Hopefully, once all those who have passed on that went through the struggle, it will be easier to view it as history and a lesson learned, like slavery.

    There is always a reason for someone to preach anti-Americanism. Innocent people being shot by police just because of they way they look is not America's fault directly. Our culture does thrive on profiling. I see nothing wrong with profiling in the big picture of it all. It is when I get caught in the little-picture-incidents with people of other races that it irks me.

    I do wonder if the European culture was not the dominate culture in America if you would feel that way, though. It is easy to say conform when we a part of the majority. It means we do not have to change. I am already American culturally and genetically. I was taught in school that America is for White men and then it decided to include women and other races as time when on. That is what I was taught. What I learned was that America is God's country and all people are free to enjoy it and protect it.

    Ok Ralf, I am finished.

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    Rob Gilmore 

    2 months ago from Maryville

    I have read the article and the comments. Why don't black Americans stop being black and be Americans? Wether or not you think you have a connection with history in America. You were born here and you are Americans. That goes for any race. America is about Americans. Not about black , white, Asian or any other race. You are segregating yourselves by adding to Americans. Just a thought.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    4 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I never liked it when Obama bowed to everyone - it made us look weak

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    Brad Masters 

    4 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Rodric

    So true. Thanks for the ideas.

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    Rodric Anthony Johnson 

    4 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

    I do not like President Trump, but I like most of his politics. His character embarrasses me as an American. I agree with his take on most things. I do not agree with immigration an the wall anymore. We cool. This is all opinion. In the end, your humanity is just as valid as mine and that is what matters.

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    Brad Masters 

    4 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Rodric

    Then are we good now?

    I only lean to Trump not the republicans because he is trying to change the system. And it was a system fueled by both parties.

    As for the cavemen, that was symbolic.

    Have a great weekend.

    BTW

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    The city of Peoria follows an unwavering adherence to the principles of respecting diversity, and insuring inclusive practices. Through the leadership of our interdepartmental Diversity Team, we work to assure that the Peoria community, as well as all City of Peoria governmental departments, is welcoming, and respectful to everyone. Visit the diversity and inclusion webpage for additional information.

    It is ironic that this city council is all white, four men, and three women.

    just a thought

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    Rodric Anthony Johnson 

    4 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

    Brad, it seems as though we are missing each other in our attempts to make our points. You are right, you do not know me. If you did, you would not feel the need to convert me to a way of thinking that I already have. I am not making excuses for the Black people. I understand why many of them make the choices that they make. That is no excuse for anything. I do not believe in White privilege in the vein that is mentioned in this article. It exists, but there is a dark side to White privilege just as there is Black Entitlement. There a good and bad sides to that.

    Also, I challenge your assertion that your ancestors were cavemen. You have no proof of that aside from assumption. Science is on the side that my ancestors ARE your ancestors anyway.

    Also, I know where my heritage is. I have no connection to African heritage is what I meant. I cannot do family history like many Whites and other groups can and find my historical connection to Africa. I can find my connection to Europe, however. I know my European heritage on my paternal side. As I said in the other post, I am American. This is personal to me. Why else would I take an interest in it? If that makes me not an adult in your eyes, then it is what it is.

    I did not come posting here to prove anything other than there perspectives out here. I am no Democrat or Republican either, but I lean Republican. I am not ashamed of it.

    I know my history. I write about it in my hubs. I do not have the desire to rehash all of that here. I have to write articles.

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    4 months ago from now on

    Rodric, No connection? That's what you think of the Republican Party which ran on an anti-slavery platform! In America’s Civil War, two and a half million men, most of them volunteers and most of them white, fought to eradicate slavery.

    An amazing, altruistic fact.

    Less than half of all Union soldiers were native-born Americans. Actually, a third of them came from Europe. Ten percent were of African descent, either freedmen from the North or ex-slaves from the South. The majority of Union soldiers weren’t even American citizens by birth, and yet they risked their lives to end American slavery. By any standard, that is remarkable and certainly a connection to a unique heritage in America that only blacks have.

    I'm sorry but their heritage in America makes any definition of white privilege a joke.

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    Brad Masters 

    4 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Rodric

    the difference here is Blacks do not have a connection to their heritage in America.

    B:--

    Neither do Asians, yet they thrive here and they are also minorities.

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    Our ancestors were slaves and our culture a mixture of what the slave owners provided.

    B:

    Our ancestors were cave men but we have evolved, are you saying blacks have not evolved in the last 400 plus years they have been in America?

    Remember it was the Democrat party that fought a war to keep slaves. And they were the reason that the republicans after the war passed the 13th, 14th and 15th amendment to protect blacks from the retribution of the losing southern states.

    In the 1960s, it was still the democrats that had separate but equal for blacks.

    And today, they have forsaken blacks for the illegal aliens and foreign immigrants.

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    There is no connection for us.

    B:-

    Then stop putting African in front of American, none of you really want to live in Africa, Do you?

    If you don't think that you are American first, then maybe that is a problem.

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    Black people cannot blend into White society like Jews can.

    B: The point is that they could have easily done that, but they didn't.

    Back to the Asians that also can't hide their ethnicity. Yet, they are for the most part successful Americans that don't need the government to support them or defend them.

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    Germany was horrible to Jews and all minorities. Germany killed millions! Germany did not erase the ethnic identity of Jews. America erased the ethnic identity of Blacks and taught them they were inferior. The on top of that gave them a culture, freed them, and discriminated and taught falsehoods about their humanity for another hundred years. If you study US history, any time a Black community became successful in this country, Whites found a way to take over or destroy it. Those people who wanted to have been successful at beating Black people as a group into hopelessness. It is not about being able to rise up. As Americans, we can rise up because we have a history and identity. When Black people learn that their heritage is slavery and disenfranchisement, it is hard for many to have pride in being defeated and enslaved by the country they love.

    B:-

    It was not all whites, but in this country, you can point to the democrats that keep blacks in economic slavery. Remember, it was black Africans that sold your ancestors around the world. Yes, they sold them to white people that you now blame.

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    It is not about being a minority only. We Blacks do not fit in culturally like the Jews can because of the way we look. There is nothing wrong with that. We live in a White majority nation. Black people are not one ethnic group no matter how the media tries to slant it. We are diverse in our American culture but not distinct in that diversity as groups of Whites can be who have not had their recent history interrupted by slavery and their cultures beaten and bred out of them for generations.

    B:-

    Boo hoo, how many blacks in the US have had the same deadly faith as Jews, who could have hid their religion but didn't. Today, they own wealth and power by working against the WASP control of the past.

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    Some Blacks riot, yes. Not all of us. There are over 40 million of us in this country. Can you imagine millions of Black people rioting? No, more like hundreds at a time in large population inner cities.

    B:---

    Why are they rioting, imho, because the democrats encourage it.

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    Brad, your assertion offends me. I can do nothing about it, though. Blacks are different because we do not have a homeland made for us supported by the US.

    B:---

    Do you think that Israel was supported by president Obama, and they are surrounded by 10s of millions of Muslims that want them dead. Are you really sure that is the example that makes your case worse?

    Why should what I said offend you or anyone. I have given you my comment. Do you want to take away the first amendment now?

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    Liberia was the closest thing and it was a joke. If the nations of the world offered Black Americans our own homeland, I would not go. I am American. America did not only kill countless numbers of Black Africans and Black Americans. It erased them culturally and remade what exists today. My ancestors were bred like animals after the British stopped the Trans Atlantic slave trade. We are uniquely American, and I am grateful for what my progenitors went through so that I can exist today. The Jews were never, and will

    NEVER be erased culturally. That is a different subject, however.

    B:---

    Another boo hoo.

    Did any of that prevent the blacks that have succeeded in America? The question is what have they done to help their people? I don't know so you can fill that one.

    Did being black stop Barack Obama from becoming president of the US?

    Did being black stop Oprah Winfrey from becoming famous, rich and powerful.

    Did being black stop Colin Powell from become a top military officer and then secretary of state.

    The list goes on,

    BTW, I grew up in NYC, and then on Long Island. I enjoyed growing up there. Where I lived in NYC was low income, and when we moved to LI it paying for a mortgage that still made us low income. When I left there several decades ago, I realize today that you can't really go back. Just like when you leave high school.

    Everyone likes the climate and scenery of CA, but it has been under democrat control for since I moved here. And today, CA is like a rich African country.except that the middle class is the lower class.

    Do you really think that Maxine Waters or Nancy Pelosi identify with either the black or the white people here?

    They both have multi million dollar estates surrounded by walls.

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    Rodric

    I don't know you, and I am treating you as an adult. I am entitled to my opinion as you are to your opinion. Except here on hp, I am the minority, and they try to oppress me.

    The point is none of what I said is personal, just my opinion.

    Obama and the democrats have taken the blacks and used them today to further the divide in the country that they caused in 1860, and 1960 and 2009.

    I am not a democrat or republican. I didn't care for the Bush presidents even though they were white, and I didn't dislike Obama because he was black.

    What I didn't like about both of them was they didn't help the people or the country.

    BTW, you talk about heritage. Well today is tomorrow's heritage. If we keep looking at our ancestors then we don't move forward. How long ago did the last slave boat from Africa come to the US.

    What about the Japanese Americans that were kept in confinement during WWII while German American on the East Coast were allowed to keep their freedom.

    All of these atrocities were created by the US government, and today we have a chance with Trump to reshape that government.

    What are your thoughts.

    No one in my family tree has ever owned slaves or even employed servants.

    just a thought

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    Rodric Anthony Johnson 

    4 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

    Brad, the difference here is Blacks do not have a connection to their heritage in America. Our ancestors were slaves and our culture a mixture of what the slave owners provided. There is no connection for us. Black people cannot blend into White society like Jews can. Germany was horrible to Jews and all minorities. Germany killed millions! Germany did not erase the ethnic identity of Jews. America erased the ethnic identity of Blacks and taught them they were inferior. The on top of that gave them a culture, freed them, and discriminated and taught falsehoods about their humanity for another hundred years. If you study US history, any time a Black community became successful in this country, Whites found a way to take over or destroy it. Those people who wanted to have been successful at beating Black people as a group into hopelessness. It is not about being able to rise up. As Americans, we can rise up because we have a history and identity. When Black people learn that their heritage is slavery and disenfranchisement, it is hard for many to have pride in being defeated and enslaved by the country they love.

    It is not about being a minority only. We Blacks do not fit in culturally like the Jews can because of the way we look. There is nothing wrong with that. We live in a White majority nation. Black people are not one ethnic group no matter how the media tries to slant it. We are diverse in our American culture but not distinct in that diversity as groups of Whites can be who have not had their recent history interrupted by slavery and their cultures beaten and bred out of them for generations.

    Some Blacks riot, yes. Not all of us. There are over 40 million of us in this country. Can you imagine millions of Black people rioting? No, more like hundreds at a time in large population inner cities.

    Brad, your assertion offends me. I can do nothing about it, though. Blacks are different because we do not have a homeland made for us supported by the US. Liberia was the closest thing and it was a joke. If the nations of the world offered Black Americans our own homeland, I would not go. I am American. America did not only kill countless numbers of Black Africans and Black Americans. It erased them culturally and remade what exists today. My ancestors were bred like animals after the British stopped the Trans Atlantic slave trade. We are uniquely American, and I am grateful for what my progenitors went through so that I can exist today. The Jews were never, and will NEVER be erased culturally. That is a different subject, however.

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    Brad Masters 

    4 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Rodric

    You said

    "Ralph, it is because White people have such power that demonizing occurs. In a free society, who ever is the most influential will be the devil. White people have done some horrible things. That is what minorities want to focus on to justify whatever issue is going on in their lives. Also, there is plenty of racism out there. Minorities do not have to pretend. No matter what minorities do or say, it will not change who is in power."

    I gave an example of whites that are a minority.

    The difference with Jews is that they don't riot, they don't make statements against other people, They just focus on making themselves better, and they have become the elite.

    In Israel they are a double minority, White, and Jewish.

    In the US and WWII Germany being white didn't hide them from attacks and deaths. They could have hid their religion and be safe.

    So, in that aspect they are no different than the immutable color of Black.

    The same is true of lgbt......

    I guess I missed your point, but that was what I thought it was here.

    Thanks

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    Rodric Anthony Johnson 

    4 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

    Brad, the Jews are White. They are still treated poorly. How does that change what I said? Christian supported European culture rules the world. Israel would not exist if it were not for the Christian Wess, which I support by he way. Just because I acknowledge my European heritage means that I hate it or even regret it. I love my heritage.

    Jews are a minority of Whites who are still not accepted as other Whites. Jews of today are not the same as the Original Jews of Arab heritage. They are European also following a mass conversion. Even Judaism has been influenced by European culture. Both Christianity and Judaism come from Arab Jews and spread in Europe. However, a White supremacist will not consider Jews White.

    Don't mistake greater acceptance as total inclusion. That would not be true. Jews would have to pass and hide their beliefs to be White culturally. Jews were able to mix into local populations over time and become a diverse group of people Ethnically. In the US, Jews have a mostly European heritage, but a connection genetically to the Arab Jews of original Israel.

    Did I say Whites were all supremacists? That can't be right.

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    Brad Masters 

    4 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Rodric

    Then how do you factor the Jews in your white power and minority view?

    Jews are minorities, and they are white.

    Yet, they have been discriminated against not only in the US but around the world.

    In this century, we have seen the minority of lgbt wag the dog.

    We have seen them override the religious majority.

    We have also seen the minority misinterpret the US constitution to get their way.

    We have seen the minority categorize all Whites as kin of the White Supremacist.

    ??

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    Rodric Anthony Johnson 

    4 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

    Ralph, it is because White people have such power that demonizing occurs. In a free society, who ever is the most influential will be the devil. White people have done some horrible things. That is what minorities want to focus on to justify whatever issue is going on in their lives. Also, there is plenty of racism out there. Minorities do not have to pretend. No matter what minorities do or say, it will not change who is in power.

    White people as a group does not have to say they are better than anyone. Every thing testifies to that sentiment. I have said it before, culture, power, technology, security and much more is given to much of the world based on the ingenuity of White supported cultures and influence--directly and indirectly. I am stating a fact. Think about it. Just because minorities know how to navigate through this culture of ours does not change that it exists because of Christian White people the world over. I am a minority and my culture is a derivative of European culture like the majority of Western people. It is what it is. I am an American true blue, but I am not what people think of when they picture an American. I am not African by culture, I identify more with White Americans culturally than Blacks of African nations. Why? I speak English, my ancestry is mixed, I live in European based society, I am Christian, and some other things I have not though of.

    Having lived in South Africa for 2 years, I learned that the struggle for equality between Black Americans and Black South Africans was similar. Besides our race, however, we are different. They have a heritage separate from White people that still exists to this day. Black Americans as a group do not. Our heritage was manufactured in America and we have no definite connection to Africa. This truth makes many Black Americans angry. I am one person. I am upset about the history. I do not want socialism. I like things to be free, but not too much so. I am a minority. I would not benefit without the protections of the Constitution. The Constitution is as free as I want to be.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    4 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    It's interesting that with such a contribution to the world across so many different spectrums, that white people are still demonized. We have plenty of skeletons in our closet as a race, but so do other races. Sometimes I think "American exceptionalism" and our desire as a nation to be the world leader, gets translated as the US in general being racist (using the actual definition of the word, not the media version) - I feel that sometimes people assume we think we're are saying we're better than them, when in fact we're working hard to out-perform the world in all aspects. However the loudest voices come from within our own nation and the large group of people who want to move the country to socialism or a similar type of controlling government.

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    Rodric Anthony Johnson 

    4 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

    Ralph, I do see other privileged systems such as Black, Asian, and such. However, Blacks and Asians do not have the power and wealth Whites have. White people are the most powerful and influential cultural group on the planet. ALL cultures are influenced by White culture. The very way the world exists today is based on European culture. Cars, planes, electricity, television, clothing, food production all are the result of the ingenuity of White cultures. We speak European languages. Any other culture has limited impact on the world in comparison.

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    4 months ago from now on

    Again Ralph you hit the nail on the head.

    Wes:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_a7dQXilCo

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    4 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    The entire platform of "white privilege" was thrust upon America as a political tool - the leftists were afraid that blacks were leaving the plantation, so they needed to create "outrage" on such a level that it would divide the races (thank Barry O'Blamer for taking divisionary politics to a new heights) The Democrats tried positioning themselves as saviors and protectors of black Americans - too bad they couldn't offer them jobs, security, and a helping hand UP

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    Wesman Todd Shaw 

    4 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

    The racist Democratic party will never have my vote. The largest demographic of impoverished persons in the USA is, of course, poor whites.

    So the whole 'white privilege' thing seems designed to simply stomp the poor white person into the dust. They want to say, 'look at them, all that white privilege and they are still impoverished!'

    There's nothing more sad than a poor white person who votes for the party that hates them, the Democratic party.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    4 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Rodric - thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic. If I'm correctly following your research path, you identify that the dominant culture in each nation has "privilege" due to conditions of their population base and wealth. Do you see a "black privilege" in Africa or an "Asian privilege" in the Pacific Rim? If so, then why aren't they the topic of public conversations in the same manner as white privilege? I'd also like your thoughts on how American politics have influenced this topic. Again, thanks for being part of the discussion.

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    Rodric Anthony Johnson 

    4 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

    I just wrote and article that supports the existence of White privilege and shows our article are related. I, however, either have it all wrong as to what White privilege is or am out of touch with reality. It could be both. I am not going to say you are wrong because I agree with you. There is privilege. It is not limited to Whites, but it exists in each culture. White people happen to be the most powerful and wealthy group on the planet. That is not a racist statement, just a fact. There is no conspiracies. It just exists. We live in a pro-White culture--not do to planning, just cultural development. There are move Whites in America so of course a blending of European-based cultures will dominate the cultural landscape. It would happen in any situation where the predominant race and culture exists.

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    Kari Poulsen 

    12 months ago from Ohio

    I just wrote an article about white privilege and this came up as related. Very interesting read. You make many good points. I still think there is privilege. One of the big things are police. I never feared the police. I cannot wrap my mind about the fact that black people say they have to tell their kids to be cautious with the police. I was taught that if I had a problem, call the police. :)

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    Finn Liam Cooper 

    19 months ago from Los Angeles

    thanks...i am kind of stuck in the middle...i brought up Rodney King and Reginald Denny and kind of took a curve....but i want to do soemthing with it.

    thanks

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    19 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Sounds like an interesting project. Thanks for sharing

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    Finn Liam Cooper 

    19 months ago from Los Angeles

    Nice article. I am working on something similar - a tribute to my white father. I am not making a black and white issue however, rather trying to demonstrate that some of the current attitudes against whites are in fact racist in themselves.

    Good work.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    21 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Sadly but true - whites seem to be the enemy

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    Ron Noble 

    23 months ago

    Just a suggestion, you should change "reverse racism" to anti-white racism.

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    August 

    2 years ago

    Just finished reading your article..to me it almost maddening! I am a white guy and have thought deeply about "what if I was a black man" basically me with a different color skin. I have come to the conclusion that I would be angered by just about everything democrats do for black Americans. Personally I feel they are demeaning and flat out disrespectful. I would feel that they think I am ignorant and in need of there pathetic hand out all in an attempt to get my vote and my voice. I would feel like a modern day slave! Yes slave! They (liberals) have placed shackles on the minds of most black Americans by consistently telling them that they are inferior in every way to the white man except athletically. This false "perception" is then re-enforced by the liberal media, race baiters (sharptons of the world), policies and government programs. BEFORE being white or American I AM A MAN! As a man I have a certain pride to me that I will not let anyone take away! This pride has been stripped from most black Americans by what you have said above in your article. I truly pray that WE as AMERICANS can achieve greatness together. God Bless! Btw...I don't really know how it would happen except by respecting each other's feelings, opinions and views. Anything short of that will create MORE hatred and racism. Again God Bless you brother :-)

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    thomasczech 

    2 years ago from Canada

    Great hub. Thanks for writing what so many are thinking.

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    big E 

    2 years ago

    Like I said black people are more likely to work harder for a black boss or a black teacher. They should have white males go undercover as black to confront this issue.

    most black males date white women. Have plenty of white friends. It would be easy for a white man to live as a black man.

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    Susie Lehto 

    2 years ago from Minnesota

    Very well written and informative article, RJ. This is a lot to digest.

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    Ninja turtle 2 

    2 years ago

    As an Asian female coming from other country living in the US, I sometimes feel bad for white people. It is really weird to me that some black ppl say nasty things or not funny racial jokes on any races but when a white does, it's suddenly a huge problem.

    I'm light skinned Asian so I'm not consider myself as colored but I guess I'm colored (bc I'm non white) here in the US. But even myself as non white, can't opinion about some racial stuff without offending a lot of black ppl. (Not a nasty jokes or anything just my opinions like that I said above)

    By any mean I am not racists at all.

    Where I grew up, we didn't have whites or blacks, or even Browns. Mostly just Asians like me. So to me blacks or whites are in a way same. (Non Asians or foreigners)

    I enjoy different cultures from all over the world - that's one of the biggest reason why I ended up living in the US.

    I witnessed a lot of discussion about racial problems after moving here, and I realize not many suggestions or solutions are discussed.

    Mainly always "what whites have done" or "what blacks do". But mostly-- I witness a lot of blaming on whites or system opinions.

    I think it is time for all of us to stop taking the hate's to next generation.

    I'm not saying we should all forget about what happened. But move on, seriously.

    There are always assholes in every races.

    But you can't judge all its because of some assholes.

    I have experienced some horrible racial incidents against me.

    One of them was even to the level that I felt in danger of my life.

    But that didn't make me think that all whites are bad. Because I've met some awesome ppl that are whites too.

    Some black lady commented above that she had a choice to achieve her success and she did. Everyone in the US have choices.

    I think US is not a bad country at all.

    This country gave me an opportunity and I used it and owned it.

    When I talked to some black ppl, a lot of them complain that they're viewed as dirty, criminal, aggressive. But who is really saying that to them? I hear those images about blacks from no one but black ppl - their own.

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    Jack Burton 

    2 years ago from The Midwest

    "privilege" does not exist ex nihilo. It had to start somewhere with some people. I have no problem with others admitting to the world that my ancestors were more apt, more intelligent, more able, more sophisticated, and much more likely to come out on the winning side of any conflict with their ancestors. If they want to take it back 50 years, 500 years or 5,000 years I am up for that. The better team apparently won the game and took home the trophy. The 2nd place team took home -- well -- 2nd place.

    Now understand that ~this~ is how ~they~ see the world. This is what ~they~ are admitting happened. Unless, of course, they want to somehow claim that "privilege" just happened along one day from out of no where and someone picked it up off the ground and has been using it ever since. Should be an interesting and amusing read.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Absolutely - blacks find excuse after excuse to cover their own shortcomings.

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    LoliHey 

    2 years ago

    What is holding blacks in America back? I really believe that the answer is themselves. I think White Privilege is a myth. I think people may be right when they blame Obama because this crap wasn't going around 10 years ago. It just recently started up. It's scary how the left is taking over, infiltrating young people, and turning them into whiners. I am all for equality among races--black and white people holding hands and stuff, and possibly rewriting history books ONLY if it is warranted, and needs to be correct, but it has gotten out of hand when people demand that parks and streets be renamed. Or that a city has to be renamed. As I said before in on the Q&A, I see white men and women everyday on the way home holding up signs begging for money. Why are they there? What happened to their "White Privilege?" White Privilege may be an excuse and a ploy to make people who weren't born in slavery times to feel guilty for something other people who are long dead are responsible for.

  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I hope so too - Imagine all that history in one place. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and blessed be until we speak again.

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    manatita44 

    2 years ago from london

    Ha ha, Interesting, Yogi's say that even God is not static, but ever-transcending. There is no goal, in the true sense, but to go on, go on, into the ever-transcending beyond. Leaning can be like this. We are the blueprint of Eternity's Dream. Ha ha.

    Hope you achieve your dream. Much Love.

  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    My brother and friend - I have a voracious appetite for learning (plus a college degree in History, wink wink, among others) - to tell you the truth, my life goal is to become a museum curator. Politics are just my hobby - finding the hidden meanings under the ideology and the cogs that turn the wheel are like unearthing a long lost tomb. When a man stops learning, he ceases to be a man......

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    manatita44 

    2 years ago from london

    How do you know so much, Bro? You may know that I generally stick to the Yoga side of things but I'm fascinated that you seem to know so much on so many political topics. Perhaps you were a historian last time round.

    Well, you have reasoned your case well. Much Love.

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    Big E 

    2 years ago

    I have the answer to the race problem.

    Good news it is possible for a white person to change their appearance to black. They have a dark chocolate tan. You can google it. I don't know if it is in the USA or not. It was made by a sweedish company. A white male can spray tan their skin or custom air brush to pass as black keep his head shaved or wear a wig and use color contacts if necessary. Than get your drivers license picture renewed. There may be other ways such as melonotan.

    I think the white police need to change their appearance to black. Some white bosses and white teachers should go undercover as black. Than they can get more out of black employees and students and handle black crime issues.

    What would black skin do for the white man?

    1. Make him look stronger more masculine.

    2. Make him look younger as he gets older.

    3. Give him more flexibility on what he can and can not say.

    4. Protect him from political correctness.

    5. Give him more job security.

    6. Reduce his chances of getting robbed walking to his car at night.

    7. Give him more sex appeal.

    8. Get him out of the doghouse for slavery.

    9. Can be used as a tool to handle black people. Example black faced boss lays down the law on lazy black employee. Black faced teacher confronts slacker black students. Black face police take a bite out of

    black crime.

  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Thanks for sharing your story - it really lends credibility to this piece

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    getitrite 

    2 years ago

    I am a black American and I have come to some of the same conclusions. The fact is that the field is as level as it can get, and has been that way for awhile. Those who are still crying, that they need more, are just where they are suppose to be. Nobody helped me, neither black nor white. My family was even at the bottom of the black community, yet I found a way to become successful...while others screamed about how the system didn't provide any opportunities. It just wasn't the truth, as I'm proof.

    After my discharge from the military, I used my GI Bill to attend college. I also qualified for a Pell Grant, and Work Study. And I never needed any help with passing the entrance exam into college. I consider it an insult for someone to assume that I would need help in passing a test(Affirmative Action) as I had clearly demonstrated that my aptitude was well above average.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Dana -thanks for weighing in a reading this piece. Always appreciate hearing from you.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    The term African American itself is divisionary - it was created by blacks as an identity term, but now seems like a poor choice

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    Brad Masters 

    2 years ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Ralph

    I just had a discussion on one of my hubs about how putting African in front of American prevents equality. It puts Africa above the US, and it is patently unequal. By dropping any word before American denotes equality

    In my opinion, it is the federal government that discriminates. They force the collection of data in their forms under the guise of protecting the races, ethnicity, and gender of the people. But, in reality they are putting the thin edge of the wedge into society.

    Equality demands no government intervention. The government should treat all Americans the same, and not put their finger on the scales. Consider that what the government has been doing since 1865 hasn't really jelled.

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    Dana Tate 

    2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

    I believe all American citizens should receive the same opportunity. Good Topic,

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    EGA - I love Idaho, especially for the fishing and wide open spaces. I'm going to have to take the camera out and write a hub on it.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Pop - thanks for the comment. I too believe that all Americans should be viewed the same..

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    Eldon Arsenaux 

    2 years ago from Cooley, Texas

    No problem man. I read an interesting article about big, muppet-esque, Commie, Bernie, stating that, though race is essential to understanding American society, class is becoming the new standard of critique. Discourse on class should somewhat displace the discourse on race.

    Have a good day. By the way, my Late Grandfather was from Kamiah Idaho. I love the state. Been about a year since my last visit.

    -E.G.A.

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    breakfastpop 

    2 years ago

    This whole issue makes me furious. White privilege!!! When my daughter was in law school, only black students were allowed extra help in special classes designed just for them! Affirmative action is ridiculous. Qualified people of any race should be considered for a job, and in my experience they are.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    EGA, your comment proved to make me think on many levels. The entry of wealth into the equation certainly makes for a more level playing field in how people are treated and although I hadn't looked into the future and the potential racial shift in America, I am thinking about it now (thanks.) I appreciate your logical and academic approach to critiquing this piece.

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    Eldon Arsenaux 

    2 years ago from Cooley, Texas

    A fact is indisputable. A list of facts is meaningless without the intention of mankind behind them. Hate is an uneasy emotion, but it rarely rests in the realm of ideas. Hate resides in the hearts of Man: for 'the other'; it is rarely for 'the unknown'. I'm hard-pressed to point to a hate-of-knowledge. Yes, one may lay claim to hate Hitler for anti-semitism, but it is a series of actions, based on ideas, that inspire abhorrent reactions.

    I think this article strikes me because it is the basis of privilege, not in the sense of advantage, but in the sense of 'rights'. Free speech is our right as Americans, of that there is no doubt. But Free Speech is not a fact. It is not impermeable. As a 'right' it can be, and was routinely, taken away with or without legal precedent. The Race Riot of 1919 in Chicago comes to mind. Competition over property, in the physical and intellectual sense, creates conflict. Our skin is our property. Perhaps, this is unclear.

    For too long, the multitude of voices, the voices of every race and creed, attempt to silence each other into non-existence. After all, self-naming is self-proclaiming. We know this as the Word of God. "Man gave names to all the animals, in the beginning, long time ago"- Robert Zimmerman. To name a thing is to tame a thing's identity.

    White Privilege, as I see it, is an immunity. An immunity to the harsh realities of minorities in the lowest social strata. Maybe White is too antiquated a notion anyway, nowadays, so they say. I'm not one who strives to see a color-less society, far from it.

    But allow me to carry on:

    Rich, 'lawful' Americans never needed affirmative action because the majority of their actions were not repressed. Of course, whites were oppressed, but their oppression, as immigrants, let's say, was never ubiquitous beyond their decade of arrival, unlike other minorities. Now that white america is presented as the eventual minority by 2020, there occurs a 'reversal', self-victimization as the 'silenced', middle-class minority.

    A stripped privilege is no privilege. I grant you yours to write about white privilege.

    Thanks for writing something that got me in the gut RJ. It is rare that writing will,

    -E.G.A.

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    Brad Masters 

    2 years ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Ralph

    I will do that, thanks.

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    Brad Masters 

    2 years ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Ralph

    I will do that, thanks.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I was actually inspired to write this after reading a BLM hub posted by Tara Mapes - she was brave in stepping forward on such a difficult topic and her courage inspired me to do the same. You should take a look at her work if you get a chance.

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    Brad Masters 

    2 years ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Ralph

    Well done once again. I am impressed by the details and the depth of your articles. Unfortunately, I doubt whether many people will comment on its merits.

    What the blacks, and women don't seem to realize is that White Men get discriminated all the time and in many places. Sadly, it is done by other white males. But, there is no protected class for white males, and their discrimination goes unheard.

    The immigrants in the last century weren't handed anything like the illegals are handed today. They just huddled together and toughed it out, until they made some progress.

    The Asians also had some tough times last century, but they also toughed it out. They excel at education, and believe in creating businesses. They are for the most part successful, and it isn't just the top 1%. The difference with the blacks is that there are the successful 1%, but it doesn't filter down through the core.

    These are just observations.

    Anyway, well done, on a tough subject.

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