posted on Feb, 23 2007 @ 06:38 PM
White privlege is a term invented by academics once most of societys great wrongs with regard to discrimination, had been corrected.
I was born in the 1950s. Back then it was legal to discriminate against minorities with regard to housing, loans, jobs, schools etc.
The laws have all been changed. You can no longer discriminate based on race etc. That means you can attend any school that you can get into. You can
buy any house that you can afford. You can start a business. Basically in the US you can do anything legally that you want.
Except only about 1/3 of the African Americans have made it into the middle class. In my town, skin color means little. It's an upper middle class
area with great schools. Kids in these schools go on to some of the best colleges in the US. Oppertunities about for everyone if they care to take
advantage of those oppertunities.
Teachers bend over backwards to make sure that everyone is included yet some people still lag behind. Why?
If you don't value education don't try to blame those people whose family's have place a high value on education.
So now, academics have to come up with a reason for failure. They have to explain why under represented minorities continue to fail or succeed at a
lower rate. Instead of placing the blame on families of children who are failing they have come up wih "White Privlege". In other words you can't
succeed unless you are white. But that doesn't explain the black middle class. How on earth did they succeed.
And, it especially doesn't explain how immigrants of color do better than native born people of color.
It also doesn't explain how CHineese, Japaneese Koreans, and people from India do so well here in the US despite all the "White Privlege" that is
holding them back.
From my own experience, I'm working too hard to hold someone else back. I've raised a family, put myself through college and grad school, and just
don't buy into the premise that I have some special privialege because of the color of my skin.
People need to take responsibility for themselves and stop looking for an excuse for failure.