White Privilege is a White Elephant

All across this country college students are being indoctrinated into believing a philosophy called “white privilege.”  The term seems rather innocuous but the philosophy is not.  This indoctrination has begun to spread down to the high school and grade schoo levell.  Like all race based philosophies, white privilege is a creation of the political left.  Like most creations of the political left, white privilege is based on fundamental mistruths.

Here is how white privilege is defined from this Wikipedia article.

White privilege (or white skin privilege) is a term for societal privileges that benefit people whom society identifies as white in some countries, beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances. Academic perspectives such as critical race theory and whiteness studies use the concept of “white privilege” to analyze how racism and racialized societies affect the lives of white or white-skinned people.

The Wikipedia articles offers many other definitions, here is one, which was quoted from this source:  Pulido, L. (2000). “Rethinking Environmental Racism: White Privilege and Urban Development in Southern California”. Annals of the Association of American Geographers

White privilege is a form of racism that both underlies and is distinct from institutional and overt racism. It underlies them in that both are predicated on preserving the privileges of white people (regardless of whether agents recognize this or not). But it is also distinct in terms of intentionality. It refers to the hegemonic structures, practices, and ideologies that reproduce whites’ privileged status. In this scenario, whites do not necessarily intend to hurt people of color, but because they are unaware of their white-skin privilege, and because they accrue social and economic benefits by maintaining the status quo, they inevitably do.

Here is one example of what constitutes white privilege from the same Wikipedia article:

Williams and Rivers (1972b) showed that test instructions in Standard English disadvantaged the black child and that if the language of the test is put in familiar labels without training or coaching, the child’s performances on the tests increase significantly. According to Cadzen a child’s language development should be evaluated in terms of his progress toward the norms for his particular speech community. Cadzen, C.B. (1966)

To me, this example is racist because it is implying that nonwhites are less capable of learning Standard English than whites.  Other subjects such as math have been declared examples of white privilege yet the irony escapes those making the declarations.

Here is another definition of white privilege from the article called “On Racism and White Privilege” located on the website Teaching Tolerance.  This was the most popular Google search result.  I encountered many different articles with similar definitions.

White skin privilege is not something that white people necessarily do, create or enjoy on purpose. Unlike the more overt individual and institutional manifestations of racism described above, white skin privilege is a transparent preference for whiteness that saturates our society. White skin privilege serves several functions. First, it provides white people with “perks” that we do not earn and that people of color do not enjoy. Second, it creates real advantages for us. White people are immune to a lot of challenges. Finally, white privilege shapes the world in which we live — the way that we navigate and interact with one another and with the world.

Theses definition illustrate one of the fundamental lies of the philosophy of white privilege, that white people are inherently racist.  According to this philosophy, we have built this all encompassing structure that keeps everyone with nonwhite skin down because we dislike people with skin that is darker than our skin.  Underlying this philosophy are the mistaken beliefs that the United States is still a deeply racist nation and that racism is at the root cause of all of the problems nonwhites face.

Crime statistics are one popular proof of white privilege.  Here is an example I found in this  article

While people of color make up about 30 percent of the United States’ population, they account for 60 percent of those imprisoned. The prison population grew by 700 percent from 1970 to 2005, a rate that is outpacing crime and population rates. The incarceration rates disproportionately impact men of color: 1 in every 15 African American men and 1 in every 36 Hispanic men are incarcerated in comparison to 1 in every 106 white men…we are left with only one conclusion: White, European Americans enjoy a wide range of privileges that are denied to persons of color in our society.

Are higher incarceration rates the product of systematic racism or something else?  The answer is found in this Daily Signal article.

More black babies are born out of wedlock today (72 percent) than into married homes. That’s dramatically worse than when Moynihan initially raised the issue (when it was 23 percent)—thanks to fifty years of encouragement by the Democrat Party.

The Moynihan Report mentioned in that article was the justification for President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society.  This Front Page Magazine article documents the carnage caused by those deeply flawed programs.  Here is one quote:

The most devastating by-product of the mushrooming welfare state was the corrosive effect it had on American family life, particularly in the black community. As provisions in welfare laws offered ever-increasing economic incentives for shunning marriage and avoiding the formation of two-parent families, illegitimacy rates rose dramatically.

Thomas Sowell, an African American economist and philosophical rock star among conservatives, echoes these conclusions in this article called The Legacy of Liberalism.

The results of welfare policies discouraging marriage and family were dramatic, as out-of-wedlock birthrates skyrocketed among all demographic groups in the U.S., but most notably African Americans…The devastating societal consequences of family breakdown cannot be overstated. Father-absent families—black and white alike—generally occupy the bottom rung of America’s economic ladder.

Thomas Sowell also documents the carnage in this article A Painful Anniversary.  Here is a quote:

The War on Poverty represented the crowning triumph of the liberal vision of society — and of government programs as the solution to social problems. The disastrous consequences that followed have made the word “liberal” so much of a political liability that today even candidates with long left-wing track records have evaded or denied that designation.

White Privilege has a close cousin called White Guilt which is also being crammed down the throats of impressionable college and high school students; here is how Wikipedia defines the topic.

White guilt is the individual or collective guilt felt by some white people for harm resulting from racist treatment of ethnic minorities by other white people both historically and currently in the United States

It is fine if individuals want to feel guilty based on their own conduct; however we are only responsible for our own actions.  Collective guilt is an alien concept in the United States where our entire constitutional and legal system is based on individual rights and guilt.