Post by Ben
Featured image by Don Wright
“I am going to stop calling you a white man and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.” – Morgan Freeman.
White Privilege is a topic widely discussed across America. Many believe that it exists while others argue it doesn’t. In my opinion white privilege doesn’t exist. Everyone that lives in America has a chance to achieve their goals, no matter what the skin color they have.
There are lots of rich black people in America
Lots of rich people in America are black, whether they be founder’s of big companies, such as Robert L. Johnson, or famous television stars and athletes such as Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan. Oprah Winfrey’s story of how she came to get all her money was especially phenomenal. She was born to her single teenage mother Vernita Lee, and sent to live with her poor grandmother on her farm in Mississippi. Her grandmother was so poor that Oprah was forced to wear potato sacks as dresses and from there literally rose from rags to riches. Today she currently has a personal net worth of “2.9 billion dollars”- says Celebritynetworth.com. Other rich black people include Tiger Woods, Mariah Carey, Magic Johnson, Bill Cosby, Tyler Perry, Shaquille O’Neal, Beyoncé Knowles, and many many more.
Lots of white people live in poverty.
While there is a arguably larger percent of blacks than whites in poverty there are still quite a lot of white people in poverty. While only 10% of whites live in poverty compared to the 27% of blacks and 24% of hispanic people living in poverty the number of whites is actually a lot higher. Around 19,027,400 whites live in poverty compared to the 10,312,400 amount of blacks and 12,853,100 amount of hispanic people living in poverty in the United states-Kff.org. When these numbers are converted into percentages it deceives some people as they don’t actually know how many whites live in America compared to blacks, hispanics, and other races that live here.
Another kind of privilege
While I still believe that there is no kind of privilege between races, for those of you who still do believe in white privilege that means there has to be be some kinds of privilege – granted that they might not be great ones – for other races. Some black privileges that I know I’ve seen before -without ever thinking about them as being privileges- would be people considering you being superior at sports without it being considered racist, or being able to get away with violent crimes – although black people are usually suspected of doing wrong more often – without people thinking you did it because you’re racist, or making insensitive comments about other races and not being called out on it.
Heres a link to a video that I think helps to prove some points I went over – I’m not going to put the actual video as it has quite a good deal of swearing, but I still recommend you watch it. In the first part of the video Ami Horowitz asks the black people at Ferguson if America is a racist country and most respond with yes, and then go to point out how white people are the racist ones, and not blacks. In fact the first guy Horowitz goes up to talk to states that Ami is racist because he’s white. Horowitz then goes on to ask him if a black person could be racist and the man responds no and that it’s impossible for a black person to be racist. Horowitz then asks that if “you hate white people does that make you racist” and the man responds with “We don’t hate white people. Ya’ll the devil.” The man the Horowitz is interviewing is pretty ignorant to the fact that black people can be just as racist as white people and even completely contradicts his statement right after he says it. This shows how anybody can be racist, no matter what skin color they have. Horowitz also asks them about what has President Obama done for African-Americans. Most of them respond with “I don’t know” or that the President hasn’t done anything for them. President Obama has actually done quite a good deal of things for African Americans, such as increasing access to health care, creating jobs, revitalizing schools, and the development of targeted job creating investments in underserved communities- Whitehouse.gov. While much more is still needed to be done progress is being made to help blacks in poor communities. Lastly I sincerely apologize to anyone who might have been offended by anything I’ve said in this post as I do realize that this is a very controversial topic.