Recently I have been attacked by various liberals as being the product of “White Privilege” as the root cause of my “insensitivity”. My insensitivity of course seems to be related to my expectation that people should be held accountable for their actions and that those actions can and do have consequences. However, none of these liberals have ever defined or illustrated exactly what they mean by “White Privilege”, but this morning some liberal college professor was kind enough to define this term, and to my horror I found that indeed I am a product of White Privilege.
It seems my parents were married to each other through out the life and childhood of myself and my brothers so we all have the same father, this is one of the many “privileges” I enjoyed. My brothers and I from the age of 8 had to go every morning – rain or shine – to the neighboring farmer and get fresh milk; this was in addition to our other chores, like making our beds, setting the table, lawn and yard duties, and various other routine chores. After age 14 we were expected to get a job because “work” was one of those privileges that would set us apart and prepare us for our future. But of course my parents worked at jobs that today are called “blue collar” and set an example that work is what is expected and is an end in itself. In effect work is a “privilege”. They never got any assistance from the government and would have been humiliated had they had to accept charity, which is how they viewed “government assistance”. Charity and government assistance would have negated the white privileges they were trying to provide to my brothers and me.
My brothers and I went to school everyday and at various times that required walking to school in both fair and foul weather and I arrived at school on more than one occasion soaked to the skin. My parents were unsympathetic and did not blame the school or God for soaking me to the skin; it was the schooling that was important. My brothers and I went to school everyday unless we were sick and being sick meant there was no faking it – unless there was a fever or vomit or bumps – we went and this was the rule through grade 12. But this was where the white privilege thing kicked in because with a high school diploma in hand we were given some options – we could join the military, get a job – really a trade to guarantee our future, or college. These were the white privileges we enjoyed at age 17 and all in their own way involved work and personal responsibility.
I chose to go to college which meant that I had to find a way to pay for this privilege. This entailed working all summer full time and part time in school. Fortunately I joined ROTC and their stipend helped a great deal but of course the price was active military service – as an officer. This certainly demonstrated that I was a direct product of white privilege, because no under privileged person could ever be an officer – or at least that is what the liberal establishment would have you believe. The fact that my first commanding officer was Black doesn’t count or even hint at the possibility that some one other than a white could enjoy any of the White Privileges that I had.
But let’s review not what I did to enjoy all of the privileges of my white ethnicity. I had parents who were married and set an example of personal responsibility and provided me a disciplined and structured childhood. What I did was go to school every day, stay out of trouble in school. I did not skip school or disrespect the teachers who were trying to help me. I did not cheat or fail my classes, I studied my lessons. I picked friends who were similar and did not steal or vandalize school property. In effect I was enjoying all of the privileges of being a responsible youth who happened to be white.
But what did I do personally to give me these white privileges other than being born white? I did not do drugs or sell drugs. I did not abuse alcohol. I did not indulge in promiscuous sex or get one or more girls pregnant before or after high school graduation. I did not go to prison for rape, theft, murder, or any number of felonies that separate me from those who do not enjoy white privileges.
But why exactly are my life events called “White Privilege”? I submit that parallels to my life can be found in every ethnic group and are not limited to Caucasians. In fact many Asian, Black, and Indian families have sons and daughters whose accomplishments exceed those of Caucasian families. So this is a term used by the Liberal establishment to excuse those people who have become dependent on government handouts, who fail to work, who have no skills, who have a sense of entitlement that they shouldn’t have to work and have no accountability or responsibility for their plight. The Liberals and their “War on Povery” have created this
environment which they now want to shift their guilt and the blame onto those
who don’t buy into their programs of guilt.
The very term “White Privilege” is a racist term and it would never be
applied to any other ethnic group. White Privilege is a fiction and at its core