What ‘White Privilege’ Really Means

George Yancy and Naomi Zack, New York Times, November 4, 2014

This is the first in a series of interviews with philosophers on race that I am conducting for The Stone. This week’s conversation is with Naomi Zack, a professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon and the author of “The Ethics and Mores of Race: Equality After the History of Philosophy.”  The interview was conducted by email and edited. — George Yancy

George Yancy: What motivates you to work as a philosopher in the area of race?

Naomi Zack: I am mainly motivated by a great need to work and not to be bored, and I have a critical bent. I think there is a lot of work to be done concerning race in the United States, and a lot of ignorance and unfairness that still needs to be uncovered and corrected. I received my doctorate in philosophy from Columbia University in 1970 and then became absent from academia until 1990. When I returned it had become possible to write about real issues and apply analytic skills to social ills and other practical forms of injustice. My first book, “Race and Mixed Race” (1991) was an analysis of the incoherence of U.S. black/white racial categories in their failure to allow for mixed race. In “Philosophy of Science and Race,” I examined the lack of a scientific foundation for biological notions of human races, and in “The Ethics and Mores of Race,” I turned to the absence of ideas of universal human equality in the Western philosophical tradition.

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G.Y.: How can critical philosophy of race shed unique light on what has happened, and is still happening, in Ferguson, Mo.?

N.Z.: Critical philosophy of race, like critical race theory in legal studies, seeks to understand the disadvantages of nonwhite racial groups in society (blacks especially) by understanding social customs, laws, and legal practices. What’s happening in Ferguson is the result of several recent historical factors and deeply entrenched racial attitudes, as well as a breakdown in participatory democracy.

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G.Y.: Why do you think that young black men are disproportionately targeted?

N.Z.: Exactly why unarmed young black men are the target of choice, as opposed to unarmed young white women, or unarmed old black women, or even unarmed middle-aged college professors, is an expression of a long American tradition of suspicion and terrorization of members of those groups who have the lowest status in our society and have suffered the most extreme forms of oppression, for centuries. What’s happening now in Ferguson is the crystallization of our grief. Don’t Shoot!

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G.Y.: But aren’t young black males also stereotyped according to white racist assumptions?

N.Z.: Yes. Besides the police, a large segment of the white American public believes they are in danger from blacks, especially young black men, who they think want to rape young white women. This is an old piece of American mythology that has been invoked to justify crimes against black men, going back to lynching. The perceived danger of blacks becomes very intense when blacks are harmed. And so today, whenever an unarmed black man is shot by a police officer and the black community protests, whites in the area buy more guns.

This whole scenario is insane. The recent unarmed young black male victims of police and auxiliary police shootings have not been criminals. Their initial reactions to being confronted by police are surprise and outrage, because they cannot believe they are suspects or that merely looking black makes them suspicious. Maybe their grandfathers told them terrible stories, but after the Civil Rights movements and advancement for middle-class blacks, we are supposed to be beyond legally sanctioned racial persecution. Their parents may not have taught them the protocol for surviving police intervention. And right now the airwaves and Internet are buzzing with the anxiety of parents of young black men. They now have to caution their sons: “Yes, I know you don’t get into trouble, and I know you are going to college, but you have to listen to me about what to do and what not to do if you are ever stopped by the police. Your life depends on it. . . Don’t roll your eyes at me, have you heard what happened to Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown?”

G.Y.: We can safely assume white parents don’t need to have this talk with their children. Do you think white privilege is at work in this context?

N.Z.: The term “white privilege” is misleading. A privilege is special treatment that goes beyond a right. It’s not so much that being white confers privilege but that not being white means being without rights in many cases. Not fearing that the police will kill your child for no reason isn’t a privilege. It’s a right. But I think that is what “white privilege” is meant to convey, that whites don’t have many of the worries nonwhites, especially blacks, do. I was talking to a white friend of mine earlier today. He has always lived in the New York City area. He couldn’t see how the Michael Brown case had anything to do with him. I guess that would be an example of white privilege.

Other examples of white privilege include all of the ways that whites are unlikely to end up in prison for some of the same things blacks do, not having to worry about skin-color bias, not having to worry about being pulled over by the police while driving or stopped and frisked while walking in predominantly white neighborhoods, having more family wealth because your parents and other forebears were not subject to Jim Crow and slavery. Probably all of the ways in which whites are better off than blacks in our society are forms of white privilege. In the normal course of events, in the fullness of time, these differences will even out. But the sudden killings of innocent, unarmed youth bring it all to a head.

G.Y.: The fear of black bodies–the racist mythopoetic constructions of black bodies–has been perpetuated throughout the history of America. The myth of the black male rapist, for example, in “Birth of a Nation.” But even after the civil rights movements and other instances of raised awareness and progress, black bodies continue to be considered “phobogenic objects,” as Frantz Fanon would say.

N.Z.: Fanon, in his “Black Skin, White Masks,” first published in France, in 1952, quoted the reaction of a white child to him: “Look, a Negro! . . . Mama, see the Negro! I’m frightened!” Over half a century later, it hasn’t changed much in the United States. Black people are still imagined to have a hyper-physicality in sports, entertainment, crime, sex, politics, and on the street. Black people are not seen as people with hearts and minds and hopes and skills but as cyphers that can stand in for anything whites themselves don’t want to be or think they can’t be. And so, from a black perspective, the black self that whites serve up to them is not who they are as human beings. This exaggeration of black physicality is dehumanizing.

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  • superlloyd

    More shallow, leftist denialism with the usual cliches, sophistry and plain lies. The humanities are a lost cause in higher education.

    • Oil Can Harry

      The New York Slimes writer actually mentioned “the myth of the black male rapist”!

      In 2011 Time magazine ran a piece called “The Myth Of Homegrown Muslim Terrorism In The US”.

      • Basketeddie

        The myth of fried chicken, ribs, watermelon and fruit flavored sodas.

      • John

        Here’s a quote from a 2007 article in Frontpage Magazine about black on white rapes… “In the United States in 2005, 37,460 white females were sexually assaulted or raped by a black man, while between zero and ten black females were sexually assaulted or raped by a white man. What this means is that every day in the United States, over one hundred white women are raped or sexually assaulted by a black man.” The statistics are from the Department of Justice document “Criminal Victimization in the United States, 2005”.
        Myth becomes reality. MSM isn’t chimping out about this. Nor is there mention of the recently released CDC report that states the leading cause of death among young blacks, both men and women, are other young black males.

        • archer

          If it wasn’t for sites like this we would never hear how bad the problem really is.

          • John

            If you ever run into a die hard liberal that needs convincing, hit them in the side of the head (figuratively) with the book “White Girl Bleed a Lot” by Colin Flaherty. I did this with my all too liberal step mother (in her 80s and very inflexible) and it actually seemed to have some effect.
            “Reading Colin Flaherty’s book made painfully clear to me that the magnitude of this problem is even greater than I had discovered from my own research. He documents both the race riots and the media and political evasions in dozens of cities across America.”
            Thomas Sowell, National Review

          • SlizzardAjeosshi

            The book is an important book and Flaherty is a brave man of integrity. On the other hand the editing of the book was really poor, verging on amateurish.

            It is a pity because it opened a flank for the libtard crowd to dismiss the very important content exposed by Flaherty

          • IBWHITE

            Colin Flaherty is a breath of fresh air around clowns like this Zach character.

          • Cid Campeador

            Too bad that this site nor any other can offer a “sure thing” solution.
            Any stats on how many White people are murdered by Blacks each year? Let’s not include police shootings in the stats.

          • Anna Tree

            I post those stats wherever I can:

            Blacks make up 12% of the population, young black men make up 4%. According to the FBI, in 2010, they were responsible for 48.7% of the nation’s homicides, 31.8% of forcible rapes, 55% of robberies, 33.5% of aggravated assaults, 34% of motor vehicle thefts. In almost all the other crime categories, their crime rate is multiples their portion of the population.
            Source: google “fbi crime table43a 2010”

            —–

            When whites do violence — rape, murder, assault — how often do they choose black victims?
            Shouldn’t a nation of bigots target bIacks most of the time? At least half of the time?

            When whites commit violence, they do it to bIacks 2.4 percent of the time. BIacks, on the other hand, choose white victims more than half the time. [317]

            —–

            Prisoners by race in US as of 12/31/2012

            Total Population – 1,511,480
            White – 832,806
            Black – 551,154
            FBI Total Number of Crimes for 2012 – 9,390,473
            Whites = 6,502,919
            Blacks = 2,640,067

            Individual Categories by Crimes

            – Murder
            White = 4,101
            Black = 4,203
            – Rape
            White = 9,027
            Black = 4,512
            – Burglary
            White = 147,156
            Black = 67,554
            – Violent Crime
            White = 236,394
            Black = 155,088
            – Domestic against women and children
            White = 53,760
            Blacks = 25,698
            – Prostitution and commercialized vice
            Whites – 43,216
            Blacks – 23,172
            – Sex Offences
            White – 38,063
            Blacks – 12,850
            – Drug Abuses
            White – 801,198
            Black – 372,914
            – DUI
            White – 830,498
            Black – 118,557
            – Offences against family and children
            White – 53,760
            Black – 25,698

            Total number for previous 2 years
            Total 2011 – 9,499,725
            Whites – 6,578,133
            Blacks – 2,697,539
            Total 2010 – 10,177,907
            Whites – 7,066,154
            Blacks – 2,846,862

            —–

            A bit old but still stats:

            A 2007 Washington Post article titled “Study: Almost Half of Murder Victims Black” stated that according to the Justice Department, almost 1/2 of the people murdered in the US are blacks. That they are disproportionately victimized by violent crime. BUT it also points that in more than 9 out of 10 cases, black victims are murdered by blacks. Victims and perpetrators…

            AND there are other statistics that should be also listed, like those the Justice Department website list for 2005 (from an article on the website of the examiner titled “Federal Statistics of black on white violence, with links and mathematical extrapolation formulas”) 32,443 whites raped by blacks, zero blacks raped by whites. Numbers of whites raped by blacks fluctuate of course throughout the years (a few thousands above or below the 2005 number) but the zero for blacks raped by whites is constant.

            Or the FBI statistics (websearch the examiner article that list all the sources), that 45% of the victims of violent crime by blacks are whites, 43% are black, 10% are Hispanic. That blacks do 7 times more murder, 8 times more robbery and 3 times more fire-armed crimes. That blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit violent crime against a white person than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.

            In almost all interracial attacks, whites are the victims, not the perpetrators. Even after you compensate for the higher number of whites, blacks still clearly target whites for violent crime. But strangely we are told ad nauseum that the whites are the racists, the monsters and that we should be blamed for all the problems, that we should carry the white-guilt forever and accept affirmative action and other racist discrimination against whites as a punishment and a rectification for all the evil we have done and do…

            So yes indeed Blacks and Whites need protection from violent crimes committed by… Blacks.

            —–

            But of course, liberal leftists don’t like the statistics when the numbers disagree with their opinions!

            While Obama speaks either in an ill-informed or ideological way about “disproportionate” treatment of blacks in the nation’s criminal justice system, statistics do not lie. Young black men (between the ages of 18 and 24) commit murder at ten times the rate of whites. Based on this disproportionate level of violent criminal behavior, police are stopping and arresting more black male suspects based on actual rates of criminality, not whim and caprice. To blame police for arresting high numbers of black suspects is unfair and could be characterized as blaming the messengers for the unpleasant news that they have no choice but to impart.
            Thanks to aggressive police actions, homicide is down in the City of Los Angeles, as it is in many major cities across the nation. But as an indication of the disproportionate level of black crime, in 2003—-39 percent of the city’s 505 homicide victims were black, and 36 percent of the murder suspects arrested for all of the city’s murder were also black. This is in contrast to the fact that only 12 percent of the city’s population is black.
            According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 94 percent of all blacks killed nationally between 1976 and 1999 were killed by other blacks.
            Among men, bIacks (28.5%) are about six times more likely than whites (4.4%)to be admitted to prison during their life. Among women, 3.6% of bIacks and 0.5% of whites will enter prison at least once. (U.S. Department of Justice)
            Based on current rates of incarceration, an estimated 7.9% of black males compared to 0.7% of white males will enter State of Federal prison by the time they are age 20 and 21.4% of black males versus 1.4% of white males will be incarcerated by age 30. (U.S. Department of Justice)
            Some have noted that more black men are in prison in America than are in college. (The Black and White of Justice, Freedom Magazine, Volume 128)

          • fgbrunner3

            Thank you for the information.

          • IBWHITE

            And those statistics do not cover the unsolved murders or unreported rapes. I’ll bet the numbers are even higher.

          • Sheik Yerbouti

            And how many of those white women knew their rapist? Too often it’s “an old boyfriend” or worse. I can’t feel sorry for anyone who goes looking for trouble and I fear this number only stirs the pot without telling the whole truth.

        • Cid Campeador

          We need a statistic that reads:” In the United States in 2015 37,460 Black Males were killed while raping or attempting to rape White Females.”
          The Black females that were raped by a “White man” may be true but more likely in the one to ten rapes, some of the perps. were light complected Hispanos. who are always tagged as White.

      • WR_the_realist

        How about “The Myth of Rational, Objective, Evidence Based Thinking in the Humanities Departments”.

  • pcmustgo

    Bullsh– Whites are the Target, which constant guilt-tripping about white privilege demonstrates.

    • me

      A race-denying (unless it’s about ‘White privilege’), self-described ‘third-wave feminist’, questionably-raced, neo-socialist, anti-White, lesbian scumbag. She even claims that race is unscientific–which is, ironically, extremely unscientific. Just in case you wanted to see what a lying, sneaky, elitist, stupid, racist, bs-spreading ‘egalitarian’ looks like….

  • FozzieT

    There goes 7 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. I think my IQ dropped a few points just by reading that tripe.

    • kikz2

      i didn’t get past the first para.. eyeroll……….but was surprised that i didn’t see the misuse of the term systematic for systemic inre ‘rayciss OHpresshun’.. confusing process for scope….. i love it when i hear that one 🙂 often times, they can’t even parrot something properly when they go off on their marxist inspired spoon fed rants…

    • JustJeff

      “New York Times” was the queue to stop reading.

  • Mack0

    They live in a state of absolute denial and delusion. There is no reasoning with a mentally ill person.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    Two words can defeat Naomi Zack’s entire blame gaming career – crime statistics.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    African-American academic John McWhorter:

    “Young black men murder 14 times more than young white men.” (TIME Magazine, 8-22-13)

    Should that fact and related facts be part of white parents’ preventive “Talk” with their own youngsters?

    • Alucard_the_last

      Could it be that they are committing 14 times more crime?

    • Ike Eichenberg

      Facts do not penetrate liberal delusions.

      It’s a rock paper scissors kind of thing.

  • Adolf Verloc

    I have had an abiding interest in philosophy since my youth. Zack’s rantings are almost a parody of postmodernist thinking. It is saddening that she is a university professor instead of serving up fries in a paper hat.

    • Max

      Would YOU trust someone this stupid to handle your food?

      • Petronius

        Good point.

      • bilderbuster

        And anti-White?
        She’d put some Jessie Jackson seasoning on them for White customers.

    • antiquesunlight

      I was thinking the same thing. Plato and many others are rolling in their graves. Miss Naomi can flush that philosophy degree down the toilet because it’s not helping her much.

  • Publius Pompilius Quietus

    “… I have a critical bent.”
    ———————-
    In my opinion, Critical Theory has always been and is fraudulent. It supposes that any accomplishment of Western Man of the last 500 years is due to colonialism, slavery, racism, et cetera. Simply put, this is common anti-white bigotry dressed up in academic robes. It single-handedly steals all of white people’s accomplishments and allows nonwhites to blame whites until the end of time.

    • Daniel

      There is no universal morality or truth except that whitey is evil.

  • What a clusterfreak of incoherent nonsense from a lefty anti-white feminist. And public tax dollars pay her salary. I’m glad I don’t work in higher ed anymore and so don’t have to listen to such garbage.

  • guest

    We Whites already know what the so-called “White Privilege” is. It’s nothing but a term made up by anti-White nonwhites and far-left White race traitors to guilt-trip Whites and brainwash them into self-hatred and make it seem like Whites can’t be victims of prejudice and discrimination. But any White person who has actually experienced real life (unlike the sheltered White leftists) is not going to fall for that.

  • shatwood

    Reading that was like getting bukkakked with stupid.

    White Privilege: I’m forced to take responsibility for what my non-ancestors did because you won’t take responsibility for your children.

    • me

      In a nutshell.

  • superlloyd

    What ‘White Privilege’ really means is that YT is a legitimate target for those envious of his success, law abidingness and civilization.

  • Luca

    Naomi Zack, Bachelors from NYU, check, Doctorate from Columbia, check, professor of philosophy, check. I’m going with flaming NY Jewish liberal.

    • bubo

      I’ve seen her picture, she certainly has that look.

      • bilderbuster

        The hideous look of Jewish Privilege?

      • Mary

        Naomi. Of course she is.

      • nordmann

        Indeed, her picture reminded me of a hobgoblin or a troll who lives underneath a bridge. These so called academics just repeat the same old rubbish like a monkey imitator or a low-class mimic. I’d say she has a mental disease called Europhobia and sh needs to be institutionalized!

        • Scott Rosen

          Why are so many of them so ugly? Most look like troll-rats. Even the ones considered attractive, like N. portman and M. Kunis are odd looking when you really look closely.

    • NYC Realist

      It’s not surprising to me that NY Jewish liberals would dish up such bilge. That’s par for the course. What’s so abhorrent is how so many Gentiles buy that bilge and believe it. That’s the part that makes me recoil in despair.

      • benvad

        We got to reeducate our own.

    • benvad

      Resentful against WASPs it can’t be! A jewish academic resentful against descendants of the people who built this great nation, that’s impossible!

      Where did the great ones go Irving Berlin, Danny Kaye, Jack Benny and Louis B. Mayer the ones who sang our nations praise and great Patriots? It’s a shame the Jerry Rubins and Steinems took over, what a bloody disgrace.

      • SlizzardAjeosshi

        As a quasi-member of the tribe i can’t agree more, unfortunately the Steinem/Streisand NY feministard monsters have taken over.

        To the very partial excuse of my quasi people i can say this appears to be a quintessentially American phenomenon. In fact relationships between Gentiles and Jews in Europe appear much less dysfunctional.

        The number of Jews in the Continent is currently decreasing significantly, as it should: Jews have a country of their own called Israel and they should be encouraged to move there.

        On the other hand more and more European Jews vote solidly right, intelligent nationalist leaders like Wilders, Strache, Akesson and Madame Le Pen have established a mutually profitable relationship with right-wing movements in Israel.

        Prominent Jewish French intellectuals have expressed favorable or neutral opinions about le Front National.

        I believe, as jayvbellis pointed out in another comment, Russia nowadays offer an interesting model of coexistence between the 2 groups.

        American Jewry on the other hand is a mix of a not so funny joke and a grotesque caricature

        • Max

          Is it that the Jews in Europe see clearly the danger the swarms of Moslems present to any civilization?

        • Most of them in the US assimilated and moved to the suburbs.

          • benvad

            Apparently Being a jew in America is quickly being reduced to an Eastern European ethnicity and not so much as a religious designation.

            I believe the intermarriage rate is above 75%, sooner or later everyone will have a jewish relative in America.

    • Yes, she’s Jewish.

      • Scott Rosen

        Of course she is. They almost always are. Who do you think is behind Marxism, Cultural Marxism, and the movement towards white dispossession? Blacks? Of course not. Blacks can barely organize a chimpout. No, it’s the Red Sea Pedestrians. They own the banks. They own the media. They control the major universities. And they’re out to eliminate Europeans.

  • R L Buds

    TM and MB over a two and a half year period, it’s an epidemic I tells ya. I bet the “racists” on this site can come up with at least 20 names of white victims from just the last 6 months.

    If they keep calling us racists maybe we should start acting like it.

    I have a long drive home so I listen to the “black” radio stations the non-sense coming from them gets my blood boiling; then when I stop at the store and I am among them I feel less inclined to yield to them. I love acting like I am going to hold the door then just let it swing right at their heads. As you can tell I am beyond fed-up with these savages. They get everything handed to them and they still complain about nonexistent racism.

    You can’t appease someone who wants everything you have-including your life.

    • Jesse_from_Sweden

      Extra funny of course that she points out Trayvon Martin as an example of what might happen when you are stopped by the police….
      She can’t even keep to very basic facts without changing them so they better suit her story.

      And here’s one for Brown. Tip number one if you don’t want to get shot by the police. DON’T ATTACK THEM.

      But that kind of simple logic is what is refered to as White Privilege.

      And then she mutters about people fearing blacks for no reason.
      Jesse Jackson Jr said it best, that his greatest shame was that he breathed a sigh of relief when he heard a group of young people behind him on a dark street, and he looked over his shoulder and saw that they were white.

  • Robert Binion

    The tales of bondage are trumpeted while those of Reconstruction silenced. White privilege means always having to say you’re sorry.

    • George Costanza

      I’ll never say sorry, or ever think I have to..

    • Scott Rosen

      Millions of Africans are enslaved this very day both in Africa, and in the Middle East. You never hear these Cultural Marxists harping about that. Fact is they don’t care about Africans of any sort, and they aren’t afraid of Muslims. They know Europeans are the only peoples that might stand a chance to thwart them, and they’re doing everything they can to eliminate that threat. Africans and Muslims are just a weapon against Europeans to the Red Sea Pedestrians.

  • OyVey00

    “The recent unarmed young black male victims of police and auxiliary police shootings have not been criminals.”

    Apparently neither threatening shopkeepers, stealing cigars, nor beating up police officers are crimes anymore.

    That’s what you’ll get if you let these people come to power.

    • Scott Rosen

      “These people” are already in power.

  • bubo

    a large segment of the white American public believes they are in danger from blacks, especially young black men, who they think want to rape young white women.

    Those white people are right, as recent events show.

  • Truthseeker

    I think this video sums up the only way you can respond to this drivel:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hfYJsQAhl0

    • me

      Good quote from a horrible movie and horrible main ‘actor’.

  • JohnEngelman

    Nowhere does Naomi Zack acknowledge that blacks have a rate of violent crime that is over seven times the white rate. She would have us believe that they are just innocent victims of irrational color prejudice. She wants us to think that the large number of black men in maximum security prisons are “non violent drug offenders,” arrested for having several marijuana cigarettes in their pocket by brutal, racist police officers.

    • Mack0

      Brother, it’s stuff like this that brings me down. What’s wrong with these people?

      • Usually Much Calmer

        They have no souls or developed selves.

        • benvad

          Don’t fool yourself they know exactly what they’re saying. They’re looking for this society to collapse and to rebuild it in their image. What do you think Obama meant by hope & change?

          • Usually Much Calmer

            I think I will continue to fool myself, but thanks. I spent years in the milieu of academia and I am deluded enough to draw my conclusions from experience and observations in the real world.

            We can’t all be such forward thinking geniuses as you who see so clearly that the most sublte movements in the world are made because a jew somewhere has his or her hand on the other side of the lever. That kind of crystallized simplicity and total abnegation of the duty to analysis in the particulars is too rare for me and the rest of sane, healthy people thriving in life to partake in.

            You’re special!

          • me

            Chicken twirlers. It’s the ‘new’ term for the ones with their hands on the lever of academia, the mainstream media, Hollyweird, the ‘judicial system’, the banking industry, and Washington DC. The same people who are anti-White and pro-‘diversity’.

          • benvad

            Actually this woman’s true allegiance is to the Religion of the Left. Jews are religious by culture so when they give up on a deity they transfer all that energy into another vessel, man made Utopia paradise “Marxist Communism”.

          • benvad

            Oh I forgot, you’re apparently an academic who sees all of the issues as “Too complicated for just simplistic answers”, am I getting warm.

            Are you working on your PhD in philosophy there Mr. Aristotle?

            I like to ask you one thing, have you ever been out Academia to get a job just one time, ever? Something where you had to step out into the real world and out of your self imposed adult kindergarten?

            Your thoughts.

          • Usually Much Calmer

            I’m just curious: Why did you leave out the fact that I am 6 feet tall?

          • benvad

            I couldn’t judge from the distance on my scope.

          • Usually Much Calmer

            Ha! Have good week, benvad!

          • benvad

            What’s life without a bit of humour?

        • M&S

          Jews spent much of their European cultural history among us deeply vested in their own religious studies (which is itself a tragedy of vested belief in vindictive Jewish chauvanism as ethnic and racial hatred, if you have ever read particularly the Talmud…) and it was only in the 1800s that their ‘best and brightest’ abandoned purely theological studies to enter the already long since established schools of the Western Enlightenment.
          They have since known considerable achievement and reward for their academic ‘prowess’ but as we give the Muslims no credit for their preference for religious studies of the hate-filled Koran, Sira and Hadith over more rationally based efforts (less than 1% of scientific papers published since records of such studies began are from SWA cultures), I seriously wonder if perhaps Judaic traditions also deserve a second review for the deep and abiding pathological psychologies of idealistic judgmentalism and baseless projection of propagandized vilification towards all things white and European which they seem to have imbued upon the Jews Noble Victim Psyche.
          You hate what you envy. You despise what you know is better than you. Even if only as a Culture Of Critique pretense to the pursuit of power for it’s own sake within the society you choose to live in.

          • Usually Much Calmer

            M&S- Thank you for making your observation on the timeline of the Jewish debut into secular affairs. The 1800’s was the start of financing for war making efforts, it makes sense. I had never noticed the coincidence before. Do you have any ideas that flesh out the leap from banking as a secular endeavor to oh, say physics in the 20th century?

    • Ike Eichenberg

      I don’t think that is what she wants people to believe.
      It is just the delusion she is under and expects everyone to agree because it’s so obvious.

      She is mentally ill. Not misinformed or indoctrinated the woman is demonstrably delusional.

      • Scott Rosen

        I doubt it. I think she knows exactly what she is doing. Only one with a complete command of the facts could so thoroughly ignore them.

    • M&S

      Professor Zack is part black and part Native American as well as Jewish.
      It would be contrary to her personal narrative, ego as self-identity and profit motive to stand back and take a step back and realistically ask why she endorses what she herself is, in light of what statistical and increasingly genetic data point to being some very questionable personal choices on the part of her immediate ancestors.
      Given the Ashkenazim who rule Israel with an iron fist are highly restrictive of their (white as possible) marital choices, even amongst other Jews, I also wonder if Mz. Zack is speaking from the perspective of a woman without a country.

    • Scott Rosen

      Facts are racist. They are HateFacts, and if you repeat them, you are a racist. Interesting how the party of the “educated” (dimocraps) can hate facts so much.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “This is the first in a series of interviews with philosophers on race”

    First, LOL at “philosophers on race”.

    Second, you can guarantee that none of the philosophers to be interviewed will stray outside The Narrative.

    Hey, Author Guy, if you want to interview “philosophers on race” Jared Taylor has been eloquently speaking and writing on the subject for decades. I have a feeling, though, that Jared’s interview invite will not be forthcoming.

    • JP Rushton

      Jared also has a philosophy degree from a top tier college. I think he is more than qualified to weigh in on this.

  • Alucard_the_last

    We have black privilege. They do what ever they want and then whine racism. If the police don’t protect them, its racism. If the police arrests a black criminal, its racism. They whine this over and over on every subject and the media reports it all. In the meantime, anti-white hate crimes are never reported and all TV and film portrays southerners as incest, racists hicks while making all blacks into moral saints. The real racists are black.

    • The problem in that respect is that they want to be us, and they can’t. They want what we can produce even with impromptu, ad-hoc teamwork, but it never works out for them. They didn’t survive an ice age, in which everyone worked or nobody lived. To my mind, that was the difference for us.

      Even a riot is an Army of One, but this hideous slogan does not imply cooperative work.

      • Bobbala

        Stop hogging all the white man’s juju and let Obama succeed! You didn’t build this!

        Yes, they really believe this.

      • Scott Rosen

        The African wants to live in the White man’s world, but he doesn’t want the White man in it. He’s too dull to realize that the White man’s world leaves with the White man. One only need examine Haiti, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, and South Africa, or here in the US, Detroit, Birmingham, and East St. Louis to see that the African can’t create or maintain a civilization. He is a destroyer of them.

  • Dave West

    All over rural and white suburban areas of America, dead bodies are piling up and reports of assault and robbery go un-investigated. Mostly white areas really are as dangerous as black neighborhoods, but the “bias” police don’t investigate them, since that would mean putting a white person in jail (aka white privilege); it would also increase crime stats in white communities to their “real” level, because as we all know you are just as likely to be shot in Portland, OR as you are in Camden, NJ.

  • IstvanIN

    White Privilege is Jesse Jackson being relieved that it is a White person walking behind him and not a brutha.

  • Max

    There are a hundred places to start dismantling this obtuse “academic” and no place to stop.

  • connorhus

    Uhmmm. I think Statistics show “Black Rapist” Is not a myth.

    • Malgus

      How dare you contradict this pseudo-scientific philosophical nonsense with hard facts!

      That you dared to allude to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report just shows your ingrained, unearned white privilege, since only hard facts matter to whites…

      Shame on you! (/sarc)

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  • Ike Eichenberg

    My brain cannot digest the delusion for more than a few sentences at a time.

    Holy bat guano insane.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Critical philosophy of race, like critical race theory in legal studies, seeks to understand the disadvantages of nonwhite racial groups in society

    OK, this is all a bunch of new age, utopian, leftist gobble-de-gook and agit-prop with NO basis in real science.

    Here’s the legacy of Naomi Zack and others of her ilk that push “critical philosophy of race” and “the lack of a scientific foundation for biological notions of human races:”

    *Broward Sheriff’s Office Arrests Black Neighbor In Oakland Park Murder Of White Woman

    *Elderly White Man thrown to ground, robbed at Queens ATM by two cowardly blacks

    *Police: Drunken black IRS worker knocks White woman out with steel divider at Steelers game

    She should follow Socrates’ example and drink hemlock.

  • LHathaway

    “He couldn’t see how the Michael Brown case had anything to do with him. I guess that would be an example of white privilege”.

    If you’re a black child, and live in fear, the whole nation, no, the whole world must rally around, ensuring this child need never live in fear. If you’re white, and afraid, this is evidence of your racism and you are the one, who, should feel even more afraid, and be made even more uncomfortable. If you’re white, in the military, in prison, working a minimum wage job, homeless, living as a minority in your neighborhood or city, if you are a victim of an interracial crime or crimes; if you’re a white orphan, you’re labeled as being privileged over and above the middle class grandchildren of those who benefited (and still benefit – at your expense) from affirmative action. If you would utter any word of complaint about any of this, in any way, shape, or form (good luck finding a forum, a philosopher or a sensitive audience eager to hear a single murmur of what you might potentially say), if you expose any of this you are the one labeled the racist. The more you cry out, the more of a racist you are. This is not privilege, this is oppression.

    This is some ape world like in the film ‘planet of the apes’ where humans are forbidden to talk and if they do, are seriously punished. Perhaps they will act to surgically remove our vocal cords. There certainly is no end to the experiments done with the end goal of rooting out our expressions. The only thing that would complete the metaphor would be if the apes employed human scientists to keep the humans from speaking. This is old news, however, as old as 1984. Depending on who you are, they seem to be working on preventing us from having feelings in the first place.

    When I say we will collect them ourselves, collect them, brand them, and remove them from our new country, I always figured that would be far in the future, and it would be something more symbolic, more unifying, than anything else. And that it might only be a few of the most offensive of the educators and scientists. But one never knows how soon it would take place, and who it would be. How difficult would it be to remember the name Naomi Zack? We’d only be doing her a favor. Reuniting her with the diversity she loves.

  • Caucasoid88

    What’s up with the term “black bodies?” You never hear “white bodies.” Racist.

  • james AZ

    oh hum……. LOOK at black privilege in Africa …… There have any problems ?????

  • Gary John 金白龍

    Ho hum 1. Non-Whites are privileged to live in White majority societies.

    Ho hum 2. What’s stopping non-Whites from building their own 1st world societies?

    Ho hum 3. DNA.

  • Guest

    I almost threw up in my mouth…

  • gemjunior

    What a willfully blind, ignorant DWL. I felt outrage and nausea reading this. I am just going to keep on talking truthfully to my children about blacks because if this is the drivel they are hearing out there in school (my son is in his first year of college) I wouldn’t want any of them to “turn” like a zombie….

  • lurocp8

    White people have a similar standard of living throughout the world. Whether we are talking about predominantly-white Scandinavian countries or predominantly-black African countries. It doesn’t matter the situation, white people create their own benefit(s).

    Wherever there is a white power structure, the black people living within enjoy a higher standard of living than where there is NOT a white power structure. This is true all over the world, save for maybe a few countries.

    So statistically speaking, blacks are by far the largest benefactors of so-called white privilege.

    Check your black privilege!

  • benvad

    As soon as I saw the ethnicity of that surname, I knew exactly what she was about to say. White bad Everything Else Good.

  • KenelmDigby

    I’d rather endure being trapped in the middle of a herd of a ten thousand flatulent, incontinent warthogs than read one further sentence of that worthless, brainless sophistry of drivel.
    And there’s far more intelligence in a single microgram of warthog flatulence than there is Naomi Zack’s entire body.

  • archer

    How about being targeted because you just held up a store for a lousy box of cigars and intimidated the store clerk because he was half your size. I’m not saying he should have died because of that but he compounded his mistake by attacking an officer because of sheer stupidity.

  • Larry Klein

    Geez they were pushing this silliness up until election night. Took a look on yahoo Nov 5 and there was a huge drop off in the number of victim group pandering articles posted. Wonder why

  • meanqueen

    What a bunch of bullshit. I have more to say on this but have to go calm down a bit first. Growing up as a poor white and having to struggle to get an education and make it in this world, with no help, I’m particularly angered by this entire bullshit concept of “white privilege.”

  • laatmijbinnen

    Started to read, but then thought “why ruin my weekend?”…

  • Academics has been taken over by lefty Marxists at all levels.

    White people need a country of their own.
    Northwestfront(dot)org

  • Stan D Mute

    It is incredibly painful, but I think very important for all race realists to read this article. Only by reading it can we fully appreciate the abject insanity of the interviewer and interviewee. Every single “fact” she purports is clearly, obviously, blatantly false. Every one of them is complete inversion of reality. It’s downright staggering to contemplate how anyone can be that disconnected from reality and then to consider its not just one, but millions of people who are apparently able to otherwise function in the real world. They can eat unassisted, drive, dress themselves, and even make noises that sound like intelligent speech. But it’s pure gibberish. As crazy as you’d hear in an insane asylum from the poo-flingers.

    I suppose I’m probably a bit of a masochist, but I’d love to have an afternoon with this woman privately and see just how deep her insanity goes. Force her to watch every one of Colin Flaherty’s videos to see if her head explodes. Maybe at the end, just as dusk was falling, drop her off on the corner of MLK Blvd and Rosa Parks Dr to find her own way home..

    • Scott Rosen

      Only the moderately intelligent and moderately educated/indoctrinated can believe such lies. Those ruffians who never attend the Marxist indoctrination centers have plenty of common sense and see these lies for what they are, but appear as fools when expressing themselves to the aforementioned “educated.” Only the highly intelligent can both see the lies for what they are and rebut them eloquently. Unfortunately, most of them have too much to lose, are too highly visible, and perhaps too cowardly to take a stand.

  • Scott Rosen

    A word on “White Privilege”
    Yes it’s real. But it is totally earned. As a child, I learned that privileges were earned through responsibility. The white man has shown he is responsible. He has created civilization, science, and technology. He is civil in society, pays his debts, and rarely commits crimes. He has shown himself to be a master of both problem solving and war. Yet he remains civil. Thus, the privilege of being greeted without fear of attack. The privilege of assumed competence, honesty, and reliability. All earned. This is why others flock to white societies. Ours are simply better.

  • A Freespeechzone

    I’d more than bet that this liberal puke woman does NOT live in a ‘diverse’ neighborhood.

    Maybe she should so she can ‘experience’ and assess reality against her BS. Of course, she cannot invoke ‘self defense’ as that would be racist.

  • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

    I got as far as “I got my degree in philosophy” and skipped to the comments. I knew this dude had nothing intelligent to say after that.

  • Scott Rosen

    You’re too kind. One must assume these Chosenites, especially at this level, know exactly what they’re doing. Otherwise they’d occasionally screw up like those Hollaback tools did with that video that only shows ‘cans harassing that fat-hipped, big-nosed Red Sea Pedestrian.
    But, I agree it totally applies to a lot of Whites that support this tripe.

  • Scott Rosen

    Welcome to South Africa.

  • Scott Rosen

    I always thought Sauron the deceiver was an analogue for the Tribe, just as orcs were analogous for Africans.
    What say you, Mithrandir?

    • Blue Velvet

      I too have thought this.

  • Max

    You can bet that she is concerned about “wage disparities” also, like steel workers making more money than “babymommas”.

  • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

    What delusional drivel!

  • Periapsis

    What is white privilege? It’s the privilege of having a target painted on your back by a hostile alien occupation government, the military, the Tribe and everyone who isn’t white. In other words, white privilege is being surrounded by enemies who want to take your property, your culture, your history, your identity, your well-being, your freedom and your wealth before they kill you.

  • Periapsis

    But had you whirled around and blown his brains out with a pistol when he attacked, YOU could have been arrested and prosecuted for murdering a St. Trayvon.

  • me

    Chicken-twirler privilege.

  • Procrustean

    Thanks for your story. How long ago was this?

  • Usually Much Calmer

    You missed the best part: ‘not to be bored’. It is so narcissistic.

    I made a post earlier this week about Eric Holder and the privileged class doing what they feel like and calling it work. Margaret Falkenburg above lists a bunch of occupations more demanding than academic race hustler that pay on average, half as much as the public salaried Zack. The kicker is that, in some of those actually useful jobs, there will also be inevitable periods of boredom. Life is not a party.

  • benvad

    Her job in the Marxist led Universities (now that’s an oxymoron) is to rouse or piss off the public and bring attention to her school, kind of like an ad campaign. So she’s earning her keep for establishment at tracking federal grants an idiots to the program.

  • Roninf9

    White privilege = high IQ, future time orientation, temperate manner that invites small and large scale cooperation, and the ability of abstract, creative thought. Everything that is needed to create 1st World Civilization. People that have white privilege , naturally, want to be around others with white privilege. People that don’t have white privilege, naturally, want to enjoy and live in the 1st World Civilization white privilege creates even when they are an unwanted boorish nuisance. This creates a conflict and can only be dealt with by forced separation or force integration. And so it ever was and ever will be.

  • Alan Martin

    White Privilege is nothing more than the DEHUMANIZATION of white people, societies and cultures.

    It is a human right for people to want to live in and maintain there own racial cultures and communities…its the basic tenet of every human rights convention to exist.

    but how do you resolve the difference between this fundamental human right, and what many people WANT of predominantly white societies… as racial groups act in their racial interests to the detriment of the dominant racial society they live within?

    they CANT.

    but what they can do… is dismiss and dehumanize that society out right. Criminalize and pathologize it. so that it is not even a human thing worth of human rights.

    this is what “white privilege” is…. where it is a white society that is spoken of as these “multiracial” “multicultural” “international “spaces” by DEFAULT.

    its these “spaces” that racist white people look to “take” and “keep for themselves”…. this is what white societies and cultures are reduced to… dehumanized into being nothing more than these “racist systems”. they are not the “peers” of any other racial community and culture and so do not qualify for anything of wich you may speak regarding human rights… white societies are the “racist systems” that need to be “fixed”.

    it is important to understand that this pretense takes priority in regards to the indoctrination these racists use. rather than admit to being perpetrators, who look to CREATE these imagined multi racial utopias at the expense of white societies…

    instead, its this idea that they are simply “returning” these “international” and “multiracial” spaces that white societies to what they never quite were. that gives them this delusion of “morality” in what is otherwise the purest of racial hate.

    this is the CONTEXT “white privilege” provides to non-white racists, cultural Marxists and any special interest group you can think to name who look to impose their agenda on white societies.

    it is dissent to this fundamental ideological hate and dogma that there is “no such thing” as a white society that is the “sin”, that is deemed “racist”… its the victims and targets of hatred that must be vilified as being criminals. the ACT of defending yourself to what would in all other circumstances be considered racist… now makes YOU the “racist” under this context.

    this is “white privilege”. this is whats its for. this is its purpose.

    under this context, the only way someone white can “not” be a racist…. is to act in the racial interests of another group to the detriment of his own. because again, when it comes to white people… “there is no such thing”.

    Any dissent on your part, any attempt for you to claim any fundamental human right that ALL racial groups claim for themselves…. actually “proves” your racism when you use this logic.

    when you are white, you are not a human being, a culture, a civilization, a nationality, an ethnicity. you are simply dehumanized, reduced to being that “racist” whose only interest is not in maintaining your culture and society…. but what you are “really after” is maintaining that “racist system”.

  • Texan1st

    Someone forgot to rub some of that “white privilege” pixi-dust onto the 22.5 million white people living below the poverty line.

  • KyraNelson

    Gibberish. Just moronic.