White Privilege: Should It Be Noted?

Joe Dejka, Omaha World-Herald, August 7, 2011

As director of intercultural life at a small Iowa college 12 years ago, Eddie Moore Jr. decided to hold a conference on the advantages white Americans enjoy simply because of their skin color.

He called it the White Privilege Conference.

Every year since, people have suggested changing the name to something less provocative, Moore said.

He stood firm and now points to growing attendance–up from 150 that first year at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, to 3,000 this year in Minneapolis-St. Paul–as a sign the concept is catching on.

Authors of a book purchased by the Omaha Public Schools for cultural sensitivity training say teachers must acknowledge the existence of white privilege to better relate to minority students.

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Adherents to the white privilege concept define it generally as the tangible, but sometimes invisible, benefits whites enjoy as the dominant racial group in America.

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Critics, however, say that focusing on white privilege distracts from the real challenges facing minority communities and from back-to-basics academic approaches that have been proven to lift poor and minority students’ performance.

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Outside of academia, meanwhile, many people have never heard of white privilege.

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Advocates of the white privilege viewpoint see a disconnect between white teachers and minority students. Teachers who acknowledge white privilege stand a better chance of forging a productive relationship with students of color, they say.

Advocates see white privilege as a possible factor in persistent academic achievement gaps between white and minority students, which Omaha has suffered.

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Omowale Akintunde, chairman of the Black Studies Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, told educators at a recent education summit in Omaha that white people have a hard time seeing their privilege because they are the dominant class.

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As a child growing up in Mobile, Ala., Akintunde said he noticed that pictures on the wall of the Lutheran school he attended portrayed Jesus as white. Biblical figures on the chapel’s stained-glass windows were white. The TV cartoon families Flintstones and Jetsons were white, too.

He said he discovered “a world of whiteness.” He realized he had adopted the white race as normal, that the “default race” in America is white.

In his view, schools need to review what they’re teaching to make sure lessons don’t reflect only the white point of view.

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[Editor’s Note: For earlier reporting on Omaha Public Schools’ purchase of 8,000 “Diversity Manuals,” see here.]

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  • JAsonC

    white privilege concept define it generally as the tangible, but sometimes invisible – Having to work full time and pay taxes for those ‘people’ whose PRIVILEGE is to be able to complain about everything, how unfair it all is and do nothing about their own positions in society.

    Is that white privilege ?

  • E Pluribus Pluribus

    “Omowale Akintunde, chairman of the Black Studies Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, told educators . . . schools need to review what they’re teaching to make sure lessons don’t reflect only the white point of view.”

    ===

    Our government school systems have been dancing to Akintunde’s tune for decades. Welcome to the world of “white guilt lit”:

    “Beginning in the early 1980s . . . the most effective way to upgrade the status of students whose academic performance in school had barely changed . . . was not so much to enhance it positively through celebratory readings but to reduce the moral and cultural status of the mainstream. To do so, they [educators] began to load the history and literature curriculum with literary works . . . that stressed the flaws and failings of the United States . . . Although this literature became known facetiously as ‘victim lit’ or ‘white-guilt lit’ for its highlighting of a group’s victimization by white Americans, many teachers believed it was useful precisely because it served to elevate a minority group’s moral status . . . and create guilt in white students . . .” (Losing Our Language: How Multicultural Classroom Instruction is Undermining Our Children’s Ability to Read, Write, and Reason , by Sandra Stotsky, 1999, p49)

  • Anonymous

    Black Privilege – the ability to blame whitey for all your short comings and get free money.

  • Wayne Engle

    OK. For starters, the term “White Privilege” should always be put in quotes, because it is not one of those “everybody knows that” theories. Most people have never heard of it, and would tell you that it was poppycock if you explained it to them.

    Also, this was a biased piece of writing in that the reporter apparently did not bother to try to find someone who would tell why, in his or her opinion, the theory was all wet. The assumption seems to be that, yes, “everybody knows” that “White Privilege” exists, but we shouldn’t teach about it because it will just upset minorities. It’s obvious that the reporter agrees wholeheartedly with the twaddle ginned up 12 years ago by Eddie Moore Jr. By the way, wonder why they didn’t show us a photo of Mr. Moore? Do you suppose by any chance that they don’t want us to know his race?

  • Tinker Bell

    White people are not allowed to have a point of view. I do not understand this.

  • tightwad

    Something tells me that the majority of independents, conservatives and republican are not going to buy into this latest fad of diversity. I just hope most of us are burned out, fed up with flashmobs and everything that portrays MY ethnicity as being

    something to be ashamed of. I also hope that professor Omowale

    Akintunde (probably named something akin to Tyrone Jenkins at birth) finds the cornhuskers less pliable than gullible whites have been in the past

  • BannerRWB

    “Omowale Akintunde, chairman of the Black Studies Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, told educators at a recent education summit in Omaha that white people have a hard time seeing their privilege because they are the dominant class.” – I have no trouble at all seeing my White privilege. In fact, I rather like it. So much so, that I really don’t care to share it with anyone of any other race. So, if you are non-White and complain about being around White privilege, please gather up all of the other non-Whites and either congregate in some area in order to start your own country or just leave the U.S. for, oh say, Zimbabwe or some other such paradise on Earth. I’m sure you’ll be much happier enjoying your non-White privilege just as I enjoy my White privilege. Someone, anyone, please explain what I’m missing here. Thank you.

  • Shrewsbury

    Yeah, I have the privilege of working 80 hours a week to support my family and 50 million nonwhites on food stamps, etc., while the minority occupation government flushes the entire economy down the toilet. And I feel great about it, too, because I’m white and I never complain! No matter what anybody does to me or says about me! I’m just a privileged robot, so please, please, take some more of my money. If you can find any. I have a $15 check from jury duty sitting in the cabinet. Should I sign that over to Omowale Akintunde? Should I get down on my knees before the first black person I see like that rich lady in Tennessee and apologize for…for…uh…well, whatever it is I’m supposed to apologize for this week? Okay! Except it’s probably “invisible,” like white privilege, so somebody will have to point it out to me. Sorry.

  • Duran Dahl

    “White privilege” is a circumlocution for our superior IQ and all that it engenders. I feel privileged to be white.

  • NBJ

    Here’s another one of those repercussions the leaders of Milwaukee should have noted while trying to explain black violence. These so called advocates of white privilege pretty much call us all racists because of the color of our skin. All they are really advocating is black hatred of white people.

    I sure could have used some of that white privilege years ago while I was working my way up the retail chain. I started out as a cashier, worked long hours for little pay, came running any time management called me in, and stayed late when asked. After several years and small promotions now and then, I made it to the top. But it couldn’t possibly be because of all my hard work and dedication. No, it had to be that white privilege!

  • John AZ

    What an utter load of garbage the notion of “white privilege” is.

    It is just another excuse for NAM failure. Mysteriously, NE Asians seem to be completely immune to white privilege and actually outearn whites and outperform them in standardized testing (thus completely invalidating the asinine white privilege canard). Group level IQ matters, no matter how much self-loathing liberals try to deny it. The Tim Wises (and his ilk) of the world disgust me beyond words.

    Unsurprisingly, comments are not allowed on the original article.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been unemployed now for two years and must have applied to over a hundred jobs without ever being called even for an interview. I hope my white privilege kicks in soon.

  • Henry Clay

    I wonder how they explain the roaring success of Asians and (India) Indians amid all this white privilege? I wonder if there is any mention of the 4.2 million white children in poverty in the United States. How can whites put up with this naked racism directed against them? This has to be confronted.

  • Anonymous

    “Outside of academia, meanwhile, many people have never heard of white privilege.”

    He must be kidding, right? Because it’s all I’ve been hearing about for 40+ years, while seeing my options as a white man and citizen drop below that of anyone else. He’s right about one thing though; the idea of white privilege had to be created, taught, expounded upon, because no one really noticed it. THAT IS BECAUSE IT IS NORMAL FOR THE CREATORS OF A CIVILIZATION TO HAVE THE PRIVILEGES OF THAT CIVILIZATION. THAT’S WHAT IT WAS CREATED TO DO!

    People like him have made sure that we have interlopers, hoards of immigrants overwhelming us, people who think that everyone is entitled, has some sort of inalienable right to my heritage and your heritage. But if we go to their nation, place of origin or to Africa, where the most chronic and useless complainers of white privilege call their mother “country,” we can’t expect anything, except to perhaps be robbed, raped, or murdered for being white. Now it’s increasingly getting that way here, and we take it because jerks like Joe Dejka think all whites should takes whats coming to them for being white and living in the prosperous country that they built.

    There is a family of Asians living across the street from me. They have more family members than probably legal occupying the property, but they also have lots of new cars, a new boat,and they all seem to have jobs. Meanwhile, I am out of work for years, due to the system despite a master’s degree education and former career) my wife has a part time job and we struggle to make ends meet on the declining value of our investments. Our situation becomes worse weekly and all I see is non-whites pouring into my community and driving newer cars, living good, etc. I don’t see any white privilege going on. Most of our white friends are struggling, too.

  • Anonymous

    These endless sideshows would not be necessary if these people would just acknowledge the obvious: there were legitimate reasons why racially segregated schools existed.

  • Anonymous

    When was this article written, 1969, 1972? Just think, if we didn’t have a society based on white privilege, we could have a black president and even the attorney general could be black! What else would better show the world that this country is not a white privilege enclave and everyone can have a bite of the cake?

    Who took the cake?!

  • Lost in Paradise

    I gave up my White Privilege when I retired to 3rd World SE Asia. I now have the White Man’s Burden. My function here is to set a good example for the locals in their efforts to transition to an Industrialized Country. It is hard work, but someone has to do it.

  • RJS

    I am so sick of hearing about “white privilege”.

    What about the OVER representation of both Jewish and Asian students? Indian and Middle Eastern students are also OVER representated relative to their percentages.

    Nobody ever talks about how white gentile students are actually far under represented at about 22% at elite colleges vs their actual percentage rate in the US of about 65%.

  • sean

    So what, the people in Haiti enjoy black privilege, in Mexico brown privilege, and in China yellow privilege. Get over it you whiners. You can always leave.

  • HH

    To paraphrase and borrow from something Jared Taylor once said, so-called White Privilege is an idea so utterly stupid, only the really smart people among us buy into it!(well, that and non-whites, but that’s rather obvious)

    How can something so absurd even be considered intellectually sound? America was imagined, founded, created, developed and nurtured almost entirely by Whites. Until perhaps two genetaions ago, America remained – population-wise – overwhelmingly White. The culture, the laws, the whole of the social fabric of America are either entirely White, or simply variations of White ideas! To whom should such a society grant “privileges” anyway?

    Moreover, for those who are older than perhaps forty years of age, they will all remember well a time when privilege was hardly a word associated with the lives of most White Americans. Most of us grew up in working-class families without a fraction of the privileges afforded even the average non-White in this country today!

    This idea just drives me to distraction – what absolute madness this all is!!

  • Ronald

    “Mark Bauerlein received a doctorate in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has taught at Emory University in Atlanta and wrote a book about a 1906 race riot in Atlanta.

    “He said the concept of white privilege as something teachers must acknowledge fuels racial tension and “bleeds over into indoctrination, not education.”

    “Discussing white privilege as a kind of mental condition that one must acknowledge borders on thought control, he said.

    “He warns of a potential negative effect on minority students.”

    It’s possible. Perhaps using hard earned taxpayer money to fund further genetic modification research will result in benefiting “Black” students who are enrolled in taxpayer funded institutions of learning. A simple pill or injection might eliminate all the learning disparities that exist between the “Blacks” and the other races.

    Source of inspiration: http://goo.gl/OWIxu

    Ronald

  • sbuffalonative

    “Advocates of the white privilege viewpoint see a disconnect between white teachers and minority students.”

    Is this an admission that interrogated schools are bad for minorities and are doomed to fail?

    Teachers who acknowledge white privilege stand a better chance of forging a productive relationship with students of color, they say.

    Please show me the evidence. “They say” is not proof.

  • White Devil

    I’ve tried to get a teaching certificate in NE. It was a horror story of indoctrination and intimidation, and that was for a Math ticket. If you think there’s any education in education you are badly mistaken.

    Every subject you van think of has been politicized. There really is no wonder why the drop out rate is so high, (Estimated 50% per year in some schools) or that neither Johnny or Jenny can read. These ‘teachers’ are being ‘taught’ gross incompetency from their first day in college.

    This starts with the lowest academic standards in the university system. It ends with all of the students and one of the longest tenured teachers being functionally illiterate. I had a ‘guest’ lecturer that spent a week telling the class in what terrible contempt he held both students and parents. He topped this act off with the methods he would use to humiliate and abuse all those in his ‘power’. At the time this guy had taught 4th grade social studies for 29 years. How many minds and lives does that ruin? (Not including the insanity of one year of experience, 29 times of course.)

    School is no place for children folks. There are crazy people there.

  • Question Diversity

    Before Glenn Beck expropriated the phrase to be a title of one of his books, the sociological concept of the “Overton Window” meant the socially permissible grounds of debate. The classic example is the Vietnam War — The only two “legitimate” sides were that you were for the war for “conservative” or “classic liberal” jingoistic reasons or against the war because you were a left-wing acid-dropping hippie. If you were a right wing neutralitarian or isolationist Bircher opposed to Vietnam because you’re opposed to useless and senseless foreign interventionism, you were outside the Overton Window, and therefore, virtually erased from public knowledge.

    Look at this part of this article

    Adherents to the white privilege concept define it generally as the tangible, but sometimes invisible, benefits whites enjoy as the dominant racial group in America. {snip} Critics, however, say that focusing on white privilege distracts from the real challenges facing minority communities and from back-to-basics academic approaches that have been proven to lift poor and minority students’ performance.

    Here we see another Overton Window at work. The only two “legitimate” positions on the concept of “white privilege” is that you think it exists and you think everyone should hear about it with the intent of “eradicating it,” or you think it exists but is largely unimportant relative to other “real challenges to minorities.”

    Both sides (“of the same coin”) presume that “white privilege” exists. The truth of the matter, albeit a position that is outside the Overton Window, is that “white privilege” does not exist.

    Overton windows largely exist as an establishment mechanism to box in (or rather, box out) racial realist, white nationalist, or paleo-conservative, populist ideology.

  • Legal Ph.D.

    This country was settled and organized by white European people. Yes we are the dominant class here, and anyone who doesn’t like it should leave and go where THEIR race is dominant. Of course, they don’t want to do that; they’d rather pull down the white cultural achievements to their lower level, so everyone could suffer equally. It isn’t so much “white privilege” as it is “black/brown victimhood mentality.” In other words, it’s a license to WHINE. I say either shut up and put up, or get out. White values ARE better and we don’t need any lesser ones to screw us up.

  • A Comment from Australia

    Do they teach much real American history in your schools? I remember reading stories of some of the people who founded your nation, such as the story of the Pilgrim Fathers and the Mayflower.

    These people were white certainly, but they were fleeing persecutions.I doubt that they were particularly wealthy either. When they landed at Massachusetts they suffered unbeleivable hardship and privation. Hardly white privilege.Surrounded by hostile natives. Again hardly the dominant class.

    Yet they went on to found a great nation.

    The do-gooders are now even complaining that Fred Flintstone was white! Get real. I think is is time to send them (the do-gooders) all off to Cloud Cuckoo Land. (A place of unrealistic expectations as described by Aristophenes way back in 450BC)

  • Cassiodorus

    Cue Hindu propaganda post from “Suresh” in five, four, three, two . . .

  • Bill R

    Sorry Omowale. If schools are going to teach about civilization, advancements in any curriculum, history of mankind that is in any way meaningful or had an impact on human kind, sciences, mathematics, Christianity, The Enlightenment, who formed our government and wrote it’s important documents, who were the captains of industry, who were the inventors, etc etc the schools are going to HAVE to teach the WHITE point of view. We are sorry if YOUR people are incapable of attaining what Whites have attained over the recorded history of mankind. It is about skin color, too. Blacks are as a race less capable, less able to group together for mutual benefit (but all too quick to group together for riots and murder and destruction at the drop of a hat) and in recorded history (recorded by Whites who COULD write, by the way) have achieved NOTHING lasting, nothing of any value, and nothing of a civilized nature without Whites showing them how, or doing it FOR them. Schools seem to have a White slant because everything worth learning was DONE by Whites. Period.

    Accept your role and your place in the scheme of things, and you will be much happier and much more productive.

  • CDE

    “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” White “Privilege” is handed to us from our forefathers as our birthright. Our race founded this country, indeed Western Civilization. Everyone else is just loitering.

  • June

    White privilege? All I’ve heard from our government and the MSM recently is that “Latinos” are the chosen ones. So, please re-think your premise, Mr. Moore.

  • white is right, black is whack

    Oh, no! Please, not Nebraskans. They are nice, white, hardworking Midwestern people. Please, reject this, Nebraskans! Please!!!!

  • Jake

    This is yet another chapter of stupid social engineering. Most social engineering projects end in disaster. We should try to learn from the granddaddy of all of these disasters. The overwhelming winner in that regard is LBJ’S “Great Society”.

    This cost the taxpayer over $8 trillion and and its main achievement was completely destroying the black family. Currently over 70% of black babies are born out of wedlock.

    A very good argument can be made that the reason that black school kids underachieve in school is that they come from mostly fatherless families, thanks to the “Great Society”. Many also live the “the projects” where “school learning” is not a high priority.

  • Anonymous

    As a child growing up in Mobile, Ala., Akintunde said he noticed that pictures on the wall of the Lutheran school he attended portrayed Jesus as white. Biblical figures on the chapel’s stained-glass windows were white. The TV cartoon families Flintstones and Jetsons were white, too.

    ———————————————–

    Well, Jesus is White! You got a big problem denying that fact, so give it up. America is also a White nation, built FOR Whites, not for blacks or browns. Get over it and go back and build your own nations is my advice and my desire. Obviously you and yours cannot build nor maintain a civilized nation so you have to blame someone. Of course it is Whitey you blame. Just shows how incompetent you people really are, doesn’t it? You should hang your head in shame.

  • Tom S.

    *Authors of a book purchased by the Omaha Public Schools for cultural sensitivity training say teachers must acknowledge the existence of white privilege to better relate to minority students.

    And what exactly gives these “authors” the right to tell anybody what they MUST do? Who are these “authors”? Why are “minority students” not told that THEY must learn to “better relate” to their White teachers?

    *As director of intercultural life at a small Iowa college 12 years ago, Eddie Moore Jr.-

    And just what does a “director of intercultural life” do? Just another black boy with a made up job. I can just picture now all those race naive Whites in that small Iowa college town bending over backwards – and forwards – to prove they weren’t racisss. I wonder how many White women are pushing their half black babies into the WIC office in Mount Vernon because of him.

    *Adherents to the white privilege concept define it generally as the tangible, but sometimes invisible, benefits whites enjoy as the dominant racial group in America.

    Don’t blacks enjoy racial benefits in Africa, Asians in Asia, Mexicans in Mexico because of their racial dominance? Why no outcry about that? Why doesn’t the good “director of intercultural life” have black, Asian or Mexican privilege conferences?

    *Advocates see white privilege as a possible factor in persistent academic achievement gaps between white and minority students

    How does that explain the dismal academic achievement of children in Africa where no “White privilege” exists?

  • Anonymous

    As a public school teacher in Delaware, I can say to you that this will not help black children in their education. Black culture is the problem in their education, not white privilege!

  • Anonymous

    As poster #1 noted, and I don’t know why it is not regularly, and forcefully, pushed back in their faces:

    1- Don’t Chinese people enjoy dominant status in China?

    2- Don’t Japanese people have Japanese priviledge in Japan?

    3- Are not Blacks in Zimbabwe enjoying an extra special type of priviledge in that htey can take someone’s proprty away from them just because they are not black?

    We could go on, but why don’t we push that question to the liberal race hustlers?

  • Anonymous

    From the original article:

    Wellesley College professor Peggy McIntosh defined it plainly in 1988 in one of the early writings on the topic. McIntosh wrote of “an invisible package of unearned assets which I can count on cashing in each day.”

    She compared white privilege to “an invisible weightless knapsack” full of tools that benefit whites like her.”

    That sounds remarkably like magic. You can’t see it or measure it, but it has powers to help you. Is there a Magic Studies department wt Wellesley?

    Getting mugged by “youths” was not what I consider a privilege.

  • SNAviatrix

    #33 – LBJ’s “Great Society” didn’t “corrupt” the black family, it merely allowed blacks to revert to their natural African habits. The relative stability in black families that existed during the days of slavery and Jim Crow was not blacks’ natural condition, it was an artificial one imposed on them by whites through force. Now that political correctness and affirmative action have removed the firm white hand of discipline, blacks are free to mimic the behavior of their African ancestors. Absentee fathers, out-of-wedlock births, rampant domestic partner abuse, high rates of homicide…just like Africa 500 years ago and just like Africa today. Gang warfare pays homage, in its own ghoulish way, to tribal warfare back in Africa. Too many people wrongly believe that blacks were originally “noble savages” who were kind and wonderful and beautiful until the Great Society came along. Blacks were never “noble.” The stable nuclear family – it’s a white thing. The only reason blacks ever had it was fear of the white man’s dogs and hoses. Now that those things are no longer around for the black man to fear, he has abandoned the artificial whiteness imposed on him and gone back to what he truly is – the Mau Mau.

  • Bobby

    When I think of some of the white people I’ve known, that have worked the most miserable jobs their whole lives, and often ruined their bodies doing it, the concept of “white priviledge” is a bad joke. By the way, many anti-white racists, like to call it “white skin priviledge.”

  • rockman

    What would happen if the teachers in Omaha said screw this crap and refused to go along with the guilt trip? Why play the game they want by their rules? Stop being professional victims

  • Anonymous

    when the movie ‘do the right thing’ came out, if you can remember it, there were no white face on the wall at Sal’s pizzaria. I think it quite likely there are no white faces on the walls of Mr Akintunde black studies office, or at the local student office.

    A ‘white point of view’ could only be voiced by the white studies department at the university in omaha and by a white united students club. it’s the only way for things to be made equal. and it’s the only way to REALLY bring diversity to university of iowa. The kind professor may one day get that white viewpoint he’s so sorry for.

  • Anonymous

    #26 …”The do-gooders are now even complaining that Fred Flintstone was white!”

    But can you imagine their outrage if he had been black?

  • sheila

    The concept of “white privilege” must be accepted and properly utilized if the goal of *white privilege” is to “abolish the white race”, and of course this is true …it is explained quite well in Harvard’s online “Race Traitor”.

  • sheila

    It has long been proposed that the *white race*/western civilization/the man/the white man and so forth is the promoter of all that is evil on earth and through-out history…without the existence of *white privilege* there can be no way to target a scape-goat to throw under the bus for all of the ills of mankind…it is presumed the white race will acknowledge the privilege of whiteness, denounce it in favor of white guilt, rid the world of it (WP)in order to usher in the concept of the rule of the new world citizen, who of course is any other race than *white*.

  • Anonymous

    29 — CDE wrote at 8:57 PM on August 8:

    “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” White “Privilege” is handed to us from our forefathers as our birthright. Our race founded this country, indeed Western Civilization. Everyone else is just loitering.

    ——————————————————–

    I have said that so many times and most Whites will never listen. Even on amren. You will never hear Mark Levin ADMIT that truth. He thinks the word, “posterity” means people of all races as long as they are “Americans”. He always skirts around much of what our Founders said and what our really Constitution means.

  • sbuffalonative

    SNAviatrix:

    Which is why I say if you want to destroy blacks, give them what they want.

  • john

    If there’s ever been a catch-phrase more divorced from reality than “white-privilege” I’ve not heard it.

    The term “white man’s burden” is far more appropriate to our present circumstance than it was in the 19th Century.

    The reality of today’s social and economic environment is better described as “black man’s privilege,” as the black race in America enjoys preferences in hiring, job performance evaluation, promotion, welfare payments, and all manner of social programs designed specifically for blacks.

    In return for all this largesse, provided mainly by whites and certain other minority races, we get a crime rate by blacks nearly 1000% higher than that committed by all other racial groups combined, the privilege of paying for their incarceration at an estimated annual cost of $40,000 per inmate, and whole cities devastated by black crime and lack of maintenance, entire school systems ravaged by youthful blacks.

    One has only to look to sub-Sahara Africa before whites arrived to subjugate black Africans and utterly destroy their scientific, cultural, architectural, and social achievements, wiping them out so thoroughly that no trace remains. All sarcasm aside, it’s astonishing how many blacks in this country (and no doubt throughout the world) passionately believe these fairy tales.

    Slavery may have been a great evil, but a far greater evil was granting the ex-slave population citizenship and the right to live among us. Even the Great Emancipator Abe Lincoln had no illusions about successfully assimilating the former slaves and allowing them to live among us; he even appointed a cabinet minister to devise a means of returning them to Africa or to resettle them in Central America and the Caribbean.

    Truly, whatever his intentions, John Wilkes Booth knew not what he did.

  • Marc B

    “He realized he had adopted the white race as normal, that the “default race” in America is white.”

    Of course he did because it is, or at least was. Something that never gets mentioned in this fantasy scenario of white privilege is that being the dominant group also creates a situation where whites have a disconnected at best to adversarial at worst relationship with each other. While whites may not be using deadly force amongst each other a la territorial black-on-black violence, we are far more cutthroat and less deferential amongst ourselves than minority races in our daily affairs.

    Let’s also not forget that being white is no fast track to many benefits if you happen to be lazy, dim or lack family connections. Most successful whites became successful because of hard work, not due to being part of the WASP elite NAMS imagine. This also allows them to discount our accomplishments as a people while excusing their own failings.

  • Bob

    White privilege was a term invented by academics to explain the difference in performance between groups of white students and underrepresented minorities.

    It’s not something you can see, it’s not something you can measure but surely that must be the difference in performance of the underrepresented minorities. It’s the only way to explain the difference in performance in standardizied testing.

    It couldn’t have anything to do with the academic ability of the parents.

    It couldn’t have anything to do with single parent families.

    It couldn’t have anything to do with successful families rearing children to also be successful.

    Therefore it is an invisible, undetectable thing associated with the white color of some peoples skin.

    I would think that most academics would see how truly stupid this sounds.

  • The Bobster

    But can you imagine their outrage if he had been black?

    ________

    In the PC live-action movie, Halle Berry played Mr. Slate’s secretary. I’m still trying to figure that one out. Did some caveman church import Somalians?

  • Anonymous

    Anon 45: You are exactly right. Everyone not the “posterity” came at the kindness of our ancestors. The posterity question is very, very important because it gives legitimacy (or not) to who the country was founded for and what identity it should have. Are you realy surpised that Mr. Levin wouldn’t admit this, seeing as he’s probably from the very tribe that has changed America more than any other?

  • Anonymous

    White privilege? I Omaha??? Who are we kidding? I spent a year there and it was a sheer hell. This is the most interracial city, that coddles its blacks and sees to ensuring each and every black male has not one but many white women as baby mommas, mates and playtoys. The city is digusting in its sheer racial degradation and preference given to blacks in general. What appalling hypocrisy and distortion of reality!

  • mark

    White privilege mongering is a simple but sinister Democratic party political operation, carried out on friendly unionised territory. The party needs black identity voting to suceeed, and the perception amongst blacks and whites that whites are evil paralyzes much white opposition and simultaneously galvanizes black support. With the black vote they can win, provided Hispanics can be bought.

    Pity the Asian inheritors of American power could care less about our racial situation. They have a world to conquer and a future to ensure…for their people. Funny how we sometimes lose sight of the motivational force of ethnocentrismmark.

  • Scott of the Arctic

    I went down to the white privilege store once again after this article came out. It’s been closed for years. Now located in a bad neighborhood. Yep, still boarded up. It was the last white privilege store, where you could go in and buy genuine white privilege.

    Metaphor aside, there isn’t any white person who has any kind of privilege by virtue of being white. Nowhere in the US. The whites at the Omaha Public Schools sure won’t have any privilege of not using the book or of not kowtowing to this latest insult to sanity.

    Whites are generally not stupid. It’s not that we can’t see any white privilege. Instead, it’s that we can discern the absolute lack of it and that we also can discern the increasing push to marginalize us.

  • sandy

    If there is such a thing as white priviledge white people earned it with hard work and INGENUITY. You can be hard working but without INGENUITY it doesn’t mean anything. White people have a flair for INGENUITY.

  • jdavis

    The fact that Jesus is portrayed as white/semitic is a result of no civil rights commission being formed at that time. Since that founding all else has been lies and designed denegration of the white race.

    The only thing blacks possess are what whites have surrendered to them, again by laws, lies, and fools.

  • Anonymous

    51 — Anonymous wrote at 9:59 PM on August 9:

    Anon 45: You are exactly right. Everyone not the “posterity” came at the kindness of our ancestors. The posterity question is very, very important because it gives legitimacy (or not) to who the country was founded for and what identity it should have. Are you realy surpised that Mr. Levin wouldn’t admit this, seeing as he’s probably from the very tribe that has changed America more than any other?

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    #45 here.

    Yes, I know what you are saying and I am not surprised in the least. Wonder if they would ban any caller who informed any of these deceiving talk show hosts for stating the obvious? I am sure they would or go on and “explain” why this isn’t so any longer and bring up the “amendments” to “prove” their case…

    I am sure we had our same enemies around then, as we do now, when certain amendments were added….

    Definition of posterity..

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/posterity

    Related to POSTERITY

    Synonyms: fruit, get, issue, offspring, progeny, seed, spawn

    Related Words: brood, hatch, litter, young; child, scion; family, kin; lineage, stock

    Near Antonyms: ancestor, antecedent, father, forebear (also forbear), forebearer, forefather, grandfather, parent, primogenitor, progenitor