This article is further proof that Progressives just don’t understand America. the problem is not “white privilege”, but Black disadvantage. Rather, it’s not what whites HAVE that is the issue(for not all whites have much) but what poor Blacks are lacking.(opportunity, equality before the law, etc) THAT is what is the problem.
For how can dying in wars be a privilege? How can dying early as the result of poor working conditions be privilege? How can be forced to live in tenements be a privilege? How can living in squalor for centuries as whites in Appalachia have done be a sign of privilege? Class has been of immense importance in this country–a fact lower class whites understand in a way Andrew O’Hehir never will.
You know who uses white privilege? Bourgeois whites like Andrew O’Hehir who haven’t worked a day in their life. (Sorry, but journalism isn’t work. )
If one wanted to conjure up a socially corrosive term “white privilege” would be one of them. White Progressives are doing what White Supremacists did–divide the population through the use of language. By using the specific term “privilege” Progressives are lumping all whites into one group. To the Progressive there is no difference in experience between a white person living in rural America and a white person living in Manhattan or LA. According to the Progressive both of their experiences in this country are the exactly the same.
People like Andrew O’ Hehir have never studied wars, have never studied the lives of early American colonists, have never studied white poverty…in fact, they haven’t studied much of the white American experience. What they do is repeat ideas put forth by academics, who in the echo chamber of modern academia, belch out theories of race based upon their interpretation of other’s lives from the window of their Ivory Tower of Moral and Intellect Supremacy.
Progs like to rail against the injustices perpetrated by whites on people of color. But where are the comments about mass killing of whites by whites? The American Civil War saw 620,000 Americans die–the vast majority white. Whites have also massacred each other.(Mountain Meadows, Ludlow, Bath School Massacre,etc) Why do people not consider these events when discussion the value of life in America? How much does a country value a white man’s life when it sends him to die horrible deaths in foreign and domestic fields? If I value something would I not use a replacement(Black, Native) to fight for me?? War is neither glorious or beneficial for soldiers. Yet, this is not factored. But then we should not be surprised. The term “white privilege” was first envied by a white women who neither had to fight in a war or to work a physically arduous job.
I am not refuting or denying that people of color–particularly Blacks–have suffered grievously in this country. Slavery and the post-war treatment of Blacks was simply appalling. Racism’s impact is still felt to do this day.That is undeniable.
But what I cannot abide is the gross injustice of the use of the word “white privilege”. The term itself conjures images of top-hatted, monocled white men with Locust Valley Lockjaw-accents employing dozens of servants in Biltmore-size houses.That is as far from the experience of most whites as one can get.
Andrew O’ Hehir does not and never will get it. He is too in the thrall to Progressive ideology to look at the American Experience for what it actually is–a highly complex story that defies simplistic categorization. There is no such thing as “white privilege”. That is a myth sold to Progressives by ideological fanatics to justify their anti-White male prejudice.(Have you not noticed how they use “rich white guy” as a pejorative?)
Progs don’t like rich white males which makes sense. They are the Progs greatest impediment in their struggle towards the establishment of a Socialist Utopia. But prejudice is not a legitimate basis of opinion of a group of people. Unfortunately, this seems to be the case for the vast majority of Americans regardless of sex, ethnicity, and political persuasion.
(Another myth is that Progressives or Leftists are not and can not be racist or prejudice. That is utter nonsense. All humans are prejudiced. The only difference is those who understand that and fight their prejudices and those who delude themselves into thinking they are not.)
The sad aspect of this is that Progs are thickening the divide between Whites and Blacks. Their use of divisive terminology like “white privilege” only serves to make whites more defensive, more likely to react in anger, and more resentful. How then are the Progs helping America “progress”? I would submit that they are doing far more harm than good for race relations. Rather than establishing common ground they build walls. Rather than engendering a culture of empathy and mutual respect they construct an arena of squabbling and brawling. The only thing the Andrew O’Hehirs of the country are doing is progressively making race relations worse.