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White Privilege is Not Racism

Updated on January 20, 2019
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Another video came to my attention on Youtube where a person claims that White Privilege does not exist because of the hardships of one or more White people who are unfortunately faced with indigent circumstances. White privilege is not racism on a conscious level. It is the function of the cultural and racial preference propagated by Europeans and their offshoot heritages, but not racism itself. What does that mean?

During this article points about the existence of White privilege as a function of cultural and racial preference (described errantly in Pop culture as racism) while not being racist itself receive attention for consideration. Societal factors make it so that White privilege is not something that can disappear with mythical focused effort. Attempting to eradicate it is akin to removing the skin from a person and hoping without it the tissue beneath would not lose protected integrity due to the environment. White privilege is the skin of Western societies, specifically America.

Watch the five-minute video below and hear what one man has to say about White privilege before reading further, please.

Racially Equal On Paper

Lewis Adame posted this video clip of this interview with the express purpose to mock the veracity of the existence of White privilege. Being that Mr. Adame refers to himself as the Conservative Mexican is an indictment against the idea of the existence of White Privilege (W.P.) because, within the context of this cultural diorama, Adame is a minority, a potential "victim" of White privilege.

Ben Shapiro, another person known for his conservative views whom I follow and referenced in another article (Flesh-Colored Band-Aids), who also may claim minority status as an America of Hebrew heritage, claims White privilege exists only in the imaginations of people casting blame to "The White Man" for missteps in life.

Adame's video does not destroy W.P. as the title suggests. White people have hardships and challenges in life. W.P. shields NO ONE from adverse experiences incident to life. Any intelligent person with exposure to the world recognizes life-challenges respect no culture or race.

On paper, White people are not treated better, by law and moral concept of most Americans, who happen to be White. No. As a predominantly Christian nation with puritanical origins, America's guiding tenet is all are alike before God.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. 1

The mainstream culture of America is one of inclusion with undertones of endorsement--extremely limited in what it accepts as appropriate cultural and identity incorporation. America is a nation of British instigation. Britain is from whom the signers of the Declaration of Independence sought separation; therefore culture and judicial doctrine are the product of that heritage. Here, in that beginning is where White privilege has its source. It is not racism. W.P. is a matter of national identity through heritage. Yes, it exists in the form of heritage and racial identity.

Racial Demographics in the United States of America and Growth Percentage in 2000 and 2010 Census Reports

Race and Hispanic/Latino origin
Census 2010, population
Percent of population
Census 2000, population
Percent of population
Growth Percentage
Total Population
308,745,538
100.0%
281,421,906
100.0%
9%
Single race
 
 
 
 
 
White
196,817,552
63.7%
211,460,626
75.1
-6%
Black or African American
37,685,848
12.2%
34,658,190
12.3
8.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native
2,247,098
0.07%
2,475,956
0.9
-9.2%
Asian
14,465,124
4.7%
10,242,998
3.6%
41.2%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
481,576
0.15%
398,835
0.1%
20.7%
Two or more races
5,966,481
1.9%
6,826,228
2.4
-12.5%
Some other race
604,265
0.2%
15,359,073
5.5%
96%
Hispanic or Latino
50,477,594
16.3%
35,305,818
12.5%
42.9%
The data in this table is an indication of the data collected from the 2000 and 2010 census reports. The fluctuation of numbers in the other race category or multiple race category possibly indicates that of the 15 million who chose not to indentify

Cultural & Racial Preference

Emphatically, I suggest that White privilege is NOT racism any more than loving one's protective layer of skin is self-aggrandizing. Is it wrong to be proud of one's heritage? Most of the people in America are White people. W.P. is the result of cultural identity. Though minorities feel, I stress, FEEL less equal on occasion due to the racial misgivings of the past and isolated incidents at present, what they call racism and prejudice is cultural and racial preference that will continue to occur until many generations into the future.

Many Americans of African slave descent claim that America was built upon the backs of their ancestors, which is a claim to consider. The driving force behind building this nation was not in the labor of slaves. When people think of ancient Egypt, though the pyramids are the result of slave labor, it is the accomplishment of the Egyptians themselves that are celebrated. Egyptians did not pass laws to include the slaves as a part of their society as did America. Acclimating to American culture is not an easy process because the minorities do not physically resemble the ruling group in America and Western Culture at large, Whites.

Concentration of Blacks in US as of 2010

Source

White privilege is a function of identity.

Specifically for Black people in America, all things in America can function as reminders of the privileged status of White people as the beneficiaries of a heritage of inclusion.

White privilege is never having to question if Social (racial) Darwinism has merit because Whites were never considered the first step in human evolution toward modern man.

Scientific racism

Source

White privilege is never having to consider that when a career advancement occurs it might be a public relations feat for diversity instead of the just reward of excellent work.

Source

White privilege is not being followed in a store due to skin color.

White privilege is not about having it better. It is about a psychological state of mind that the US celebrates White European cultures and ideas that assume that normal is White and everything else is exotic and strange.

White privilege is being the standard by which everything is judged instead of the exception.

Source

Summation

White privilege is not necessarily evil, but it does exist. Again, white privilege is the ability to blend into mainstream society without standing out for not speaking the heritage language (English) or having the heritage physical features, skin tones. It is not something Congress can legislate away without changing the essence of America; therefore, destroying the nation.

Contempt for the nation's past grows while well-intentioned politicists alchemize the heroes of American history to appear sinister and wicked. Abe is no longer honest and Washington was a viper instead of a visionary.

Sometimes the past can be painful and full of terrible things. However it affected you, the important thing is that you're here now. Focus on healing and your future, because you can definitely have and deserve a good one, just as much as anyone else.

I know it's easier said than done, but I like to remind people that they are worthy and can recover from things such as trauma, even if it's a difficult, long process.

— Brien Blatt

© 2019 Rodric Anthony

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    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony 

      8 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Pamela, I think that it is great that you are active in your community with your women's group. The Constitution does make us ALL equally protected on paper. Culturally and socially, the Constitution can only apply to us as we abide by the doctrines within it. Black people are not protected from the personal opinions of racist Whites and vice versa. The only difference is that White people historically have more power in numbers and influence in America, which cause some Blacks to live on edge that the past will repeat itself to some degree. I hope we will move past the hurt someday, but it will take time, healing, and education for all to do so.

      Unfortunately, some minorities use their race or heritage as an excuse not to succeed in this nation of ours. These are not all lazy people. Some of them actually believe they cannot get ahead because of their race and ethnicity.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      8 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Bill, thanks for the encouragement. I think once we understand the psychological implications of a minority, especially African Americans, living in a culture where everything associated with his or her race is negative to one extent or another, then we can start to see why so many Blacks feel like they are in a nation of privileged Whites.

      It is all conditioning. Granted, that conditioning occurs because of what society suggest through the media. I fear on occasion to be in a place because of my race only because I wonder if the police will be called since I mostly am the only Black person around. It has not happened in recent times, but I still fear it happening because it did once.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      8 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Thanks, attainment3649.

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      attainment3649 

      8 months ago

      I'm not going to comment but I will post this on Facebook.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I like reading your articles and I am trying to understand White Privilege. I belong to a woman's club that does good works in our ciy. The club is a mixture of white, a few hispanics and an almost equal number of black women. Our president is an awesome black woman that everyone loves, and she does a fantastic job. I don't know if this mean things are improving for black women, but I hope so. I know you said it wasn't racial, but the past surely has an impact.

      Isn't the Constitution something that makes us all equal? I hope so. I hope people don't use this white privlege for not succeeding in life. I was a RN for decades, and there were few black or hispanic nurses at first, but that has changed in a big way. I want a good future for all despite how things were set up initially.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Here's what I know about white/black....I don't worry, going out in public, being white. My stepdaughter, a beautiful black girl, does. I wonder why that is???? Keep the conversation alive, my friend. It needs to be said.

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