posted on Jun, 21 2012 @ 10:36 AM
I'm a "white" person I guess, and I was a collegiate debater. There were many teams that would make me start of the round by "acknowledging my
white privilege". ( As debate is a very liberal community, tactics such as this, or acknowledging your privilege as straight or as a man were
When I first heard this I was deeply offended, and honestly many times even after I learned to deal with this type of argument I still thought the
teams that used it were offensive.
But after having heard the arguments, I have to agree that there is white privilege, and I would acknowledge it in these rounds. Having said that,
its not what you think it is.
See, most people that criticize and reject "whiteness" can't even define the term. They say its evil, but they can't say its just skin color,
else they are saying many people are born evil because of their skin color, and thats racism so they'll back off of that.
Then they'll say something about money or power or the will to dominate others. As others of stated here, many Caucasians (myself included) dont fit
that bill, so thats out.
At the end of it, the privilege is actually more about stereotype and how people perceive you. The average person will look at a white man and feel a
different initial reaction than they would seeing a person of a different race. This is true.
What these people fail to see is that there is also a black privilege. Many people view blacks more favorably than whites. In fact there are many
positive and negative stereotypes about all races.
Although I think that people have the right to point out these differences, I think it is harmful to focus on them for a couple of reasons:
1) It makes people take on a victim mentality. You say to yourself that everyone thats different than you has some sort of benefit over you. I think
this is a bad way to view the world as it isolates yourself from others and can lead to a sense of entitlement.
2) It allows the real enemies of all people, those stealing all our wealth and manufacturing wars to get us killed, to be able to hide from focus as
us people fight over stupid differnces.