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White Privilege


#722

I actually admire it. I worked for a family that was on its fifth generation of company ownership. The kid used to get hung up on it like I might look down on him for not being self made.

I had to clear the air a little and told him to run with it. He had a lot to learn about business ownership and management, and that he wasn’t going to learn it until he fully accepted the responsibilities that it entails.

I could die happy knowing that I did well in life and provided every possible advantage to my son. That would make it all truly worth it.


#723

Native Americans, Aboriginals, Natives of all Latin America, all of Africa?


#724

My wife’s family has managed to accumulate a fair bit and will have a modest amount to pass on to their next generation.

@thefourthruffian has some good insights on that too.


#725

Why should a white American citizen have privilege over a black American citizen (whose ancestors may have arrived here before the white American’s) just because whites are the majority? Why is that not wrong?


#726

It has nothing to do with whether or not the concept is wrong. It’s because many people expect the rest of us to change our lives on a micro level because of it.


#727

Who grants the privilege? I’m privileged… by my family. I’m not rich nor are they, but I actually have been granted some privileges others never will get. What shall I do to make this fair?


#728

I’ve met many privileged blacks. And for those who think privelege is unique to whites, I invite you to spend some time in Queens, NY, so you can see some privilege the common white person has never and never will receive!


#729

#730

What to do: remove the ingrained societal racism which makes it more difficult for people of color to earn the same privileges as a white person. Really, it comes down to simply giving equal opportunity, and not short changing or penalizing someone based on skin tone or other unmericratic characteristics.

TLDR: don’t be a dick. Judge folks based on merit. Realize that on a macro level white folks have had more advantages in this country.


#731

But is it (white privilege) exclusive to white people or is it something humans have done since we developed the ability to obtain and keep things?

There isn’t anything white about it. Its a human trait.


#732

Understanding what White privilege is to someone else doesn’t address the questions. Many people don’t just expect you to acknowledge it, they want you to DO something about it.

I have plenty of gripes with people’s media driven histeria of ‘Dem trends’ that barely exist in the real world. And it’s entirely possible I’m just being reference anecdotal, but if I could erase every moment I heard someone say ‘check your privilege’ by pulling a hair out of my head, I’d be a bald (slightly happier) man.

The notion is quite commonplace that if a white person earns something, there’s a significantly above average chance they didn’t have to work as hard for it.


#733

Aren’t the Irish a fairly recent addition to the “white privileged” club? Or were they also privileged during the widespread discrimination they experienced in the 19th century?


#734

Tough to have white privilege if there are no white people. In Western society, and more specifically the USA, which was one of the last places on Earth to outlaw slavery, it is white privilege. We are talking about western, and usually, American society.


#735

Man, I already had to deal with original sin. Now this? At least there’s baptism.


#736

Exactly! Who with the ability to privilege their own kin is going to withhold from doing so? Also there are ways to privilege people that don’t involve money!


#737

It’s not that you didn’t have to work hard, or as hard. It’s that if you were born with brown skin, all other things being the exact same, you would have faced more obstacles than you did because you were born white. Does that make sense?


#738

Is “your own” your family, or your race. Privilege your family, do not privilege your race (I’m assuming White). Historically white folks in America have done both.


#739

I doubt most white people privilege their race. And since it’s a generalization, I doubt most white individuals care to hear about how they should hush about this or that…


#740

Who is telling you to hush, and about what? Specifically.


#741

There’s white privilege, along with a whole host of other privileges that can easily nullify it. I should know.

Its use to shut down debate is disgusting.