It's just like saying that you're privileged to be born in America. It DOESN'T mean that America caused all the ills that other countries are experiencing. It just means there are certain things you don't have to worry about, because you are American. It doesn't mean that your life is great, or even particularly good. It just acknowledges that being American affords you certain benefits.
Just philosophically, how did we get there? It's only been 200 some-odd years since we were begging France for a loan, and about 225 since we told the richest, most powerful empire on the planet to fuck off rightly.
I know you well enough - and respect you well enough - that I don't think YOU PERSONALLY are being disingenuous, but the argument is, because admitting that there might be SOME advantage doesn't stop there. Once you remove the global aspect of it, and introduce national race (meaning, the race profile of our nation), the admission of the advantage implies that something must be done about it, and more importantly, that the so-called "advantaged" have to willingly, proactively, and potentially damagingly, relinquish that advantage.
It's a complicated problem, and perhaps democrats have done a bad job in giving the impression that they only care about ONE variable.
It's not a problem that is exclusive of the Left. ALL politics is reduced to one variable. Trump ran an entire campaign on not just one variable, but one ASPECT of that variable ("I'm building a wall.").
Maybe it NEEDS to be local. We are not going to get that from Washington, no matter who is President. Regardless, I'd like to move beyond the phoney discussion our politicians promote (should we or shouldn't we have it!) into a more practical one - WHAT is the problem we are experiencing, WHO is going to take care of it, and HOW?
Well, again philosophically, isn't that REALLY the crux of the matter? Isn't that REALLY the heart of the problem? Do we expect a national government - tasked with protecting 325,000,000 people spread across 3,790,000 square miles - to speak eloquently and equally for EVERY person, black or white, from Point Barrow, Alaska to Ballast Key, Florida? It's not rational. THAT is the real message of this election, even if it is poorly articulated, and perhaps not really intended.
The rich liberal in California does not speak for the poor conservative in Michigan, or western Pennsylvania. (Interestingly, the argument against my "terrifying" comment is exactly the opposite of the argument FOR the popular vote. How nice of me to bring this back on topic.