Lanterns: White Privilege Does Not Exist


White Privilege Does Not Exist

Americans are constantly told by liberals they live in a racist country where minorities are unfairly exploited and oppressed economically, socially, and politically. The left claims white people are using their privilege to elevate themselves to positions of power and wealth. They believe it is a racist system created by western civilization, and founded on bigotry. So, let’s address the accusations made and see what the data says.

White people owned slaves: White people are told they should acknowledge that their ancestors were oppressors. Well, here are some facts that people aren’t told concerning the history of America and slaves.

1.) According to the US census report, in the 1860s only a small minority of whites owned slaves. The census determined that “even if all slaveholders had been white, that would amount to only 1.4 percent of whites in the country (or 4.8 percent of southern whites owning one or more slaves).”

2.) Blacks, when free, disproportionately became slave owners. The statistics outlined reveal “about 28 percent of free blacks owned slaves—as opposed to less than 4.8 percent of southern whites, and dramatically more than the 1.4 percent of all white Americans who owned slaves.”

3.) The Islamic slave trade, which was more brutal and lasted much longer, murdered more than 112 million black people—but there are no cries of Muslim guilt or demands for the Muslim world to address their horrific history.

4.) Many white people gave their lives to end slavery.

5.) Whites are not the only race to seize and conquer land. Should Mexico pay reparations for stealing their country from the Aztecs?

Injustice: When injustice occurs then it should be addressed, and when white people like Roman Polanski or Rich Turner face little to no punishment for their crimes, it’s because of the shady deals made behind the scenes with people they know. In the justice system, the problem is people with power, not people with white skin.

I’m offended, so I’m right: Being offended is not an argument. If someone says they’re offended because you have not accepted the myth of white privilege, then that person is guilty of using a logical fallacy. It’s an appeal to emotion to suggest someone is right just because he or she is offended. The fact is, no evidence was claimed linking white people to unearned success. Simply being outraged does not make you right or virtuous.

The white male patriarchy? If there is a white male patriarchy, then why is there affirmative action for minorities? Why is the fashion industry, the music industry, the entertainment industry, the mainstream media, and college campuses constantly attacking white males? If there is a white male patriarchy, then they’re doing a terrible job.

What is your solution? If white privilege exists, then what exactly is the solution to ending it? If the entire white population acknowledges their white privilege, then what? Should white people give half their earnings away, quit their jobs, pay extra in taxes, etc. The problem with this solution is how arbitrary it is. Even on a moral level, it’s wrong to the highest degree to make these accusations against white people. The fact is, if you accuse someone of something because of the color of their skin without any evidence, that’s called racism.

How to succeed: There is a simple way to make a good life for yourself, according to The Brookings Institute there are three things that will prevent you from being poor: finish high school, get a full-time job, wait until age 21 to get married and have kids. Ron Haskins writes in the report, “American adults who followed these three simple rules, only about 2 percent are in poverty, and nearly 75 percent have joined the middle class (defined as earning around $55,000 or more per year.)”

He concluded, “As hard as single parents try to give their children a healthy home environment, children in female-headed families are four or more times as likely as children from married-couple families to live in poverty. In turn, poverty is associated with a wide range of negative outcomes in children, including school dropout and out-of-wedlock births.”

Slavery has been a common practice from the beginning of time.  One group would conquer another, and enslave their prisoners.  The Egyptians, the Romans, African Tribes, and Native American Tribes, to name just a few, all owned slaves. This isn't a color or race issue, but a human one.  Politicians need a victim class, and the issue of white privilege is just another way to reinforce victimhood and keep us divided.

Written by Christian Montoya

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