As I was on my way home I pondered, "What if people aren't really racist? What if people are just perceiving things the wrong way?" Like what if were all ignorant (Blacks on how Whites feel about engaging with us, and Whites about how to engage with Blacks), and unsure of how to communicate with one another, so it then comes of as racist? I don't know, I was just trying to make sense of it all.
But then, I read an article on Fox News (aka Satan's Contribution to Media, and Society courtesy of "American values") and I was re-convinced; racism is really real.
University of Vermont recently held a "White Privilege Retreat" for White students only (or students who identify as White) to examine, and full understand their Whiteness, the power, and privilege that comes with it, and owning that, in hopes that they use it correctly in society.
But the author, Todd Starnes, didn't quite comprehend the point of all of that. "I have no idea what that means," he writes in response to ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, Native American and Bi/Multiracial Student Center) vision statement for the retreat.
His sarcastic undertone, white fragility (OMG, do we have to talk about us white folks again ☹️ ?), and overall uncompassionate views toward the minorities of UVM blew my whole life, and then some.
The other day, a professor of mine didn't know what it meant to have white privilege either. As far as he's concerned, he didn't have "privileges" at all. And I'm just in the corner sideeyeing the shit out of him.
To make a mockery of retreats such as the one hosted by ALANA, or to deny white privilege is, in my opinion, privilege itself. When a Black person walks up to a cash register, and doesn't get greeted like a White person would, that's privilege. When you can say "I went to every continent, at least once, when I was 10", guess what buddy that's privilege! Privilege is having a benefit, not afforded to those who aren't in a position of power. So yes, Mr. Todd Starnes, you writing this article, and obnoxiously titling it "Blame the White 2015", is privilege. And having commenters who make bold claims such as:
"White Privilege means white people have the privilege of working for the things they get and accomplishment they reach in life. Black Repression, on the other hand, means the Democratic party does everything it can to keep blacks down so they're dependent on government handouts, affirmative action programs, Planned Parenthood for abortions and Al Sharpton to tell them what they should think.
White Privilege is a wonderful thing because I would much rather live by my own means than to be dependent on liberals that want to rule my life. Being white means being free, being black means being a modern day slave to the government."
White privilege means that comments like that WON'T hurt you, because you automatically think "they're not talking about me so..." But for Blacks, and anyone who feels for minorities, these comments are incredibly hurtful because that means that theres people who already have these preconceived notions BEFORE they ever engage, and ask a person of color who they truly feel about such things, or what are their perspectives on it.
In 2015, some White people aren't convinced that the playing field just isn't equal for all of us. It's as if they believe that we have put ourselves in our own predicaments, and don't want better. As if this whole white privilege thing is a made up concept, something to make those who are "Americans" ashamed.
Is White privilege real? Are minorities looking for someone to blame their problems on?