This is really for those who believe there is such a thing. There might have been decades ago. But that was then and this is now.
The first time I ever heard the term “white privilege” was during a sermon at my church over one month ago. I’ll admit it caught me off guard and, at the time, angered me to the point of skipping several Sunday services after that. I don’t go to church seeking politics. I go to church seeking God but on that one occasion I was confronted with an evil I never even considered.
Now don’t get me wrong, I know all about racism. I know what it is, I know the results from it, and I know that it still does exist. However, I am of the mindset that it does not exist, in America, to the point where a term like “white privilege” is credible!
After hearing this term I practically ran home to discuss it with a person whose opinion I value because she raised me to NOT see color; my mother. Her answer was not one I wanted to hear because for a moment I felt perhaps my mother shielded me too much from the harsh realities of life where there are those who believe in “white privilege” and that they are endowed with it. Almost the same as many “African Americans” who believe they are entitled to certain free things because of the way their ancestors were treated. At least that is the correlation I made for myself. Both of which I am dead-set against.
The idea that because someone is born White they have certain advantages over me, a Black person, is insulting to me, especially when it comes out of the mouth of someone I look to for guidance or friendship. The reverends at my church (some not all) are people I listen to very closely, and at times their sermons (along with the liturgy and music) are what I carry with me for the following six days until I get my next “fix”, for lack of a better word. It wasn’t until I heard the term “white privilege” espoused in a form of being apologetic to the Black community for some unwanted fault that could not be helped therefore must be rectified by some outward actions on the part of White people, that I knew the world I live in was officially off the rails. The Politically Correct society outside had infiltrated my church by saying two simple words when left on their own, but when combined, turned them into weapons.
How can there be White Privilege when there are just as many White families on welfare as Blacks? Oh, I know, those on their high horse like to point to examples like Stop and Frisk and rich old white men who run the world? But last time I checked there is STILL more Black on Black crime that MUST be stopped and statistics show Stop and Frisk has been an excellent deterrent of that! Also, last time I checked Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Dre, Tyler Perry, Denzel Washington, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, President Barack Obama, Eric Holder, (I could go on and on) are not White, but they are all millionaires (and billionaires) in their own right. And probably all of them will tell you they were not born into fame and fortune. They worked their way up to where they are today.
Now, I am not “rich and famous” by the stereotypical standards set today. But by my own standards I believe that I am rich and I am famous. Let me mention but a few:
1. My mother raised me (by herself) to want for nothing. Ever.
2. I stayed in school and even went to college (and graduated) where my mother practically went broke and without eating herself so that I could go away to college and not go broke with loans.
3. I’ve never been without a job since I was 16 years old. That includes working full time while I was in College.
4. In the apartment I live in today we have: 4 HDTV’s (all 42″+) each equipped with cable, 4 Apple TV’s, 2 Roku’s, 1 iMac, 2 iPads, 2 iPhones, 3 laptops, etc, etc, etc. (don’t rob me lol)
5. There is nothing I could not do or did not do growing up and that is even more true today because all that I have I earned and paid for myself.
6. My hobby is reading and writing. Because of that I own 400+ books (all of which I purchased myself) and I write whatever, whenever, I want.
To you those might seem far from making me “rich and famous” but the definition of that phrase, just like pursuit of happiness or American Dream or even freedom are all individual ideas. You cannot define for me what I value, what I want, or what I believe in. And if you cannot do that, if I do not allow you to do that, then you cannot tell me I’m not “rich and famous” cause when I add my close friends and family to the list I mentioned above, I’m more rich and famous than anyone I know!
The point I am trying to make is the second White people start agreeing or believing White Privilege exists. The second they start living their life as if they owe something to every or any Black person they come in contact with because of this privilege, THAT will be when the worst kind of racism rears its ugly head back into American society.
What surprises me most whenever I hear people discuss “White Privilege” is not so much that it’s being discussed but who believes in it and who’s arguing against it. I’m bringing this up again (the first time was during an episode of the Two Conservative Lesbians Show of which I am a co-host) because it was just debated between Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly:
It’s forcing me to see certain people I thought saw beyond color and judged (me or others) based on character, differently now. It’s bad enough I’ve got people in the Black community, gay community and feminists (I try to avoid) forcing me to see nothing but a label instead of an individual, don’t you go doing that as well.