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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    Yes, white privilege exists just as upper class privilege, male privilege and Christian privilege exist in the United States. Relative to race, the white "race" is the dominant one in the United States. It currently and historically dominates nearly every power-holding aspect of society from government to business to media. Because of that dominance, white people (in general) have advantages that non-white people do not. Examples of advantage would be the fact that whites encounter less racism when applying for jobs or housing; the fact that whites have had a historical "head start" in terms of wealth and education aquisition; and so on.

    The interesting thing about white privilege (and many other types of privilege as well) is that it includes the luxury of being able to not see that privilege. For example, you're hear a lot of white people say things like, "Are you kidding? If anything, I'm at a DISadvantage today as a white male." They truly believe that because they evaluate "privilege" and things like on a surface level. By "surface level", I mean that they believe privilege has to be labeled things like "Affirmative Action" or "Black History Month." They don't realize that such things are labeled because the default in society is "white." (Therein lies the privilege.)

    In sum, yes, white privilege is an undeniable reality. In nearly every society, certain groups within the population are "privileged". In some countries, privilege is determined by race, in others it is determined by religion and in others it's determined by ethnicity or something else entirely or a combination of several. White privilege is, again, undeniable. Any adult who denies that it exists in the United States is ignorant, and likely willfully so.


    So which minority do YOU belong to, because your post is laughably incorrect.

    Empirical employment statistics back me up. Go back and show me the last time women had a higher unemployment rate than men.

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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    I'm a white male and never felt privileged because of my gender or skin color - I've worked hard for everything I've ever achieved. Another person's gender or skin color has never been important to me.

    That doesn't mean, however, that it doesn't exist in some parts of the world or in some people's minds.

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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Why are you always fighting these race and gender battles from the 1960s?


    It's over and done. Equality won.

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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    I came up from poverty and earned my title and current position in management through hard work. I don't have a college degree through my own choices and trouble finding a scholarship because "white girl majoring in marketing" isn't very unique. I've been discriminated against, I've had racist epithets directed at me, I've been harassed in minority-dominant communities on the basis of being white. Did having an "anglo" name score me an interview that an "ethnic" name might not have scored? Maybe. Then again, I was targeted from day 1 by a minority-race district manager who called me an "uppity cracka" when I worked for a minority-dominant company.

    So does white privilege exist? Sure. In some respects. But merely being white does not automatically equate to any specific opportunities in and of itself. When you start 10m ahead in the race, all else being equal you'll stay 10m ahead. But everybody at the starting line's gonna run in pace. For the most part, anyway. Some white people do get a head start, but then again, some whites get stuck 10m BEHIND the starting line.
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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Why are you always fighting these race and gender battles from the 1960s?


    It's over and done. Equality won.
    Not quite yet. In some settings I think the pendulum of discrimination has swung to the other side and needs to be brought to the middle.
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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Not quite yet. In some settings I think the pendulum of discrimination has swung to the other side and needs to be brought to the middle.

    When Jessie and Al finally die off I think things will settle down a lot.

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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    When Jessie and Al finally die off I think things will settle down a lot.
    I just hope there aren't other racist, race-baiting idiots to fill their void. They may be gone but that doesn't necessarily mean that they won't be succeeded.
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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I'm a white male and never felt privileged because of my gender or skin color - I've worked hard for everything I've ever achieved. Another person's gender or skin color has never been important to me.

    That doesn't mean, however, that it doesn't exist in some parts of the world or in some people's minds.
    Good evening, CJ. Working hard is too often equated with so-called white privilege. I grew up in a small town with (much) lower than average income per capita. I love it when people ascribe my modest success in life to advantages of birth. My grandfathers, a tenant farmer and a coal miner, respectively, would be proud.
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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Yes, but it is complicated, and no, I don't see being white as a disadvantage.
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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    Good evening, CJ. Working hard is too often equated with so-called white privilege. I grew up in a small town with (much) lower than average income per capita. I love it when people ascribe my modest success in life to advantages of birth. My grandfathers, a tenant farmer and a coal miner, respectively, would be proud.
    Good evening 2M - hope all is well - I see much of the Politico gang has migrated here and still active so I'm glad I didn't lose those friends.

    As for the issue, some people naturally blame others or circumstances for their personal failures - when you have a President who lives by it, you can understand it in others.

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