That letter from “Whitey” has to be fake. And even if it isn’t, those replies are moronic.
Like this: “As a straight white male raised by two professionals in an American suburb, I know I was born into a life of extraordinary privilege. But it wasn’t always that way. It took me many years to begin to recognize these advantages as unearned, the product of corrupt systems stacked in my favor.”
My father was an immigrant who grew up in the middle of a war, came here, worked construction, busting his ass and has to live with bad shoulders and a bad back. My grandfather was a WW2 vet who had the extreme pleasure of almost having his ass blown off over the skies of Germany in order to save the world, then used the GI Bill to get an advanced degree from Harvard. Whatever “help” I got from these men, and others in my family, was earned as it was paid for by their blood, sweat and tears. I’m not saying that African-Americans don’t have a unique history in this nation when it comes to oppression; I’m not saying that European immigrants had it just as bad. I’m just saying this idea that whatever benefits we get from our parents are unearned, is flat out stupid. I should feel ashamed that my family made sacrifices for me, and in the case of my grandfather for the world, and this benefited me? That’s an insult to them. Only mayonnaise Americans with no sense of who they are and no regard for their history would ever think like that. By making helping your children to be successful in life a bad thing since that help is “unearned”, what is the message? Don’t help your kids? Is that a value we want to pass on to all Americans, including black Americans? That sure sounds like a plan for success.