Depends on what part of the country we're talking about. In areas that are predominantly black there is definitely black privilege, same with hispanic. Whatever the dominant culture is, usually has the privilege. Not that "white" is a culture, I just mean that people tend to be more trusting and favorable to people who look like them.
People who live in a mono-ethnic place tend to feel uncomfortable with differences. It's a basic human fact. If everyone is busy conforming and are ignorant of other people who might be different than them, they will usually side with what's familiar.
Is there systemic racism? Yes, I think there is. It's not always conscious though. It's not like the majority are out there maligning against non-whites. It's something that is more built into them from how they were raised by their community and the media.
If the other races are primarily supported in some fashion by whites, supported in terms of the whites having built the historical and traditional cultural infrastructure, schools, courts, judicial systems, constitutions, charters, fought the wars, safety nets, law enforcement, defense systems and all major technological advances, all of which white people have done in the United States, then white people should enjoy the privilege of those who actually produce.
When the other races are able to hold out those achievements, then they deserve some sort of "privilege" rather than their presently demanded pulpit for constant complaining as encouraged by their leader, Obama.
Look at the Mexicans in the United States, they simply arrived in overwhelming numbers and assumed all systems built by others and demanded support by others. All other immigrant races, including Asians, represent some variant of that truth. The majority of blacks simply refuse to integrate or advance their civilization. Political correctness demands that those who observe these truths be deemed bigots and racists, however nothing could be further from accurate.
To even start a thread such as this is an accusation of whites by those who hope to provoke "Hate Whitey" racial attacks. These are your true bigots.
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Yes there is white privilege, it's fairly obvious. There is also male privilege, hetero privilege, cis-gendered privilege, and yes they do exist. Apart of the privilege is not seeing that there is a privilege, because one is shielded from the negative aspects because of said privilege.
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Harry probably has the best post of the thread thus far.
Yes, it exists to a certain degree in so much as the notion of "white" is the generalized "default". This isn't inherently a "bad" or "evil" thing but rather a typical cultural human thing. Go into an area where the predominent race is asian and there will be asian privledge. Go into an area where the predominent race is black and there will be black privledge. This is because human nature says that whatever is the most common thing one experiences on a routine basis will be what's set to "default" in ones head unless there's some other strong factor to alter that.
No, there does not need to be an exceedingly strong endevour to "correct" for it at this point. There's a difference between an active and passive notion of privledge. In the past in this country, the notion was absolutely active...there were proactive laws, regulations, and unspoken societal agreements aimed specifically at stifling those that were not white. This warranted significant action to attept to combat and change; those things both being necessary for any real success. You can't just fight against it, you must change the culture. And by and large, the later has happened. However, as the amount of active privledge reduces so to does the amount of active combative actions need to decrease as well lest you create a situation of blowback. There comes a time where people believe there is a fight and battle going on largely because you're still telling them they need to be fighting and battling...and for no other reason.
We're not entirely to a point where all forms of corrective action needs to be removed or ended. There's still teaching needing to be done and there's still some who seek and push for an active notion of it. But that point moves ever closer, but is stifled by the refusal by many to realistically acknolwedge it nor the progress that's been made.
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