If blacks, and others, are so tired of this white privilege, maybe they should stop listening to people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson...and the liberal media. They're nothing but race baiters. They contribute to a problem that's already there. They're not doing anything to help. Their capitalizing on something that needs to be alleviated, not amplified. Whatever was said that was so racist was probably something that was blown way out of proportion, like everything else in the media.
Yeah... I'm straight, white, and male, come from a pretty blue collar, working man's background - Dad drives a big rig, Mom is a special needs teacher. I wasn't eligible for any assistance getting into college due to the white color of my skin. I didn't get free books. I didn't get a supplemented cell phone. My family could have really used all those things. When I graduated didn't get to check an affirmative action box when applying for a job. I could have really used that.
I don't think I can properly articulate how much better I still had it because of who I am. Yes, my family could have always used more help, but the advantages of being white far outweighed any "advantage" others got due to being eligible for government programs. It took my a long time to acknowledge it, but once you take some time to visit the other side of the tracks, the truth isn't very pretty. When you've done that, you see that these programs people like myself have come to resent so much are more like a "consolidation prize" than an "advantage". That's the ugly truth when generational poverty cycles overwhelmingly affect one race. It's the difference between living tough times and simply navigating through them from time to time, like my family did.
Unfortunately, our political situation allows working class people of all races to turn on one another rather than uniting behind common goals.
With all due respect, all of that sounds ridiculous. Why don't you go to the Appalachian regions and talk about white privilege? Tell them they don't have a right to feel repressed and withdrawn. There are tens of millions of people in those areas, most of whom are white. You act like because it's not shoved in your face that it doesn't exist. Many of those families live without running water.
What your missing is that privilege is not just a racial thing. There's racial privilege, gender privilege, financial privilege, and so on. What it means to be "of x privilege" is to say that you're not at a disadvantage because you possess x. So, like the people in Appalachia, there are people that can be be extremely disadvantaged financially, but still benefiting from racial privilege. Then there are of course people of color who do not possess any white privilege, but are also not suffering from financial disadvantages that many whites may be. This is called intersectionality, and it's what makes talking about these topics so difficulty. It's not enough to just talk about one type of privilege or another. We have to talk about racism, sexism, gender, and economics all at once.
Appalachia is an interesting topic because there are a lot of large scale things hurting a very particular population. Poverty in this country is not unique to people of color, and I'll be the first to admit that liberals like myself do a very bad job of talking about poverty in general. However, the other problem we have in this country, is poverty cycles that overwhelmingly affect one specific racial group, and have for generations. That can't be ignored. So, of course, I want to see things done to combat poverty, period. But broad measures are not going to be enough to help the group that has had the most people stuck in poverty for over 100 years. There needs to be more.
I live in Appalachia after spending much of my life in San Francisco. Once I got over the culture shock and harsh realities like liver mush, I realized these people are about the most misunderstood people in the USA. I heard more racist shit in California than I have ever heard here. The culture here is actually very laid back, low stress, everyone is welcome sort of living. It pisses me off that some folks in the urban areas consider these people inferior. I'll tell ya, if shit ever hits the fan these people are the ones who know how to live off the grid and take care of business without a nanny state taking care of them. Yes, many of them are poor. Actually, I have been all over the world and the Native American reservations in the Dakotas, Wyoming, and Montana combine with the Appalachian poor are living WAY harder than those in city welfare classes. Why no support from the left for these people? How exactly is white privilege helping a family of 8 living in a singewide somewhere in West Virginia? What good for the Native Americans does the Billions in drug and skin money that keeps many inner city folks in Mercedes and Crystal do?? Seriously, the holier than thou leftists who think they are champions for the downtrodden and weak don't even know who the sufferers are in our world. Sorry if I am a bit too hyperbolic but it's fucking true. If I hear another rich-ass college frat boy talk about white privilege I may simply vapor lock.
The bold part of this post is all I care to address. See the above, my response to Prog Snob, as a lot of it answers these points. Look, I'll be the first to admit that we need to do a better job of addressing poverty in general
and that democrats have done an increasingly bad job with this. I know how snobby it sounds when well-off people from great schools minimize the problems that working class people have. So yeah, you got it.
But there's another problem, that goes beyond poverty, and it's an onslaught of social and economic disadvantages that overwhelmingly and disproportionately affect certain groups, and there is more data than you could ever need to back that claim up. So, yes, we need to do more to address root causes of poverty in general
. Beyond that, we need to address how an unbreakable cycle of poverty has affected a specific group.