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article imageOp-Ed: In the wake of the Ferguson riots, 'white privilege' revisited

By Michael Krebs     Nov 28, 2014 in Politics
While protests against the grand jury decision in Ferguson and elsewhere continued through the Thanksgiving weekend, the concept of "white privilege" has been presented as an acceptable phraseology.
The term "white privilege" is as insulting to African Americans as it is to Caucasian Americans, and it appears to have returned to the casual lexicon in the racially charged atmosphere of the Ferguson protests.
"White privilege" assumes that African Americans are unable to compete and are unable to adjust and are unable to act with any kind of agility across the spectrum of racially-diverse societies that exist on the planet (as racism is very much present across Europe, Asia, Africa, The Middle East, and elsewhere — in many cases much more so than within the United States).
East Indian Americans — who are, at times, referred to as "dot heads" and "towel heads;" who are often mistaken for Muslims in cases where their men are wearing Hindi head adornments; who are belittled for the spices in their foods with phrases like "curry fever," etc. — don't fall back on blanket excuses like those assumed under the "white privilege" banner. No. Their families pull their resources together, and their parents govern their children on the merits of education and of the arts and of discipline and of family and of respect and of service and of gratitude. They compete and they keep competing — and it is damned impressive. They don't tell themselves that they are somehow being held back by abstractions or by historical events; instead they meditate on positive positioning, and they move toward that positioning — and they are victorious and proud and beautiful and free. They understand the equation of the responsible versus the irresponsible — and they operate in the quadrants that are governed by responsibility.
Yet "white privilege" as an acceptable phraseology — and it is accepted without a second thought, most curiously, among white elites in cities like New York and San Francisco. The ignorance that these elites are amplifying on "white privilege" is clearly evident on their collective lack of exposure to rural white poverty that exists in places like Tennessee and Alabama and Kentucky and Indiana and the "fly-over states" that so many of the misguided elites simply have never seen first hand.
The racism inherent in the "white privilege" banner is a byproduct of personal shortcomings and of envy. White Manhattan residents that cannot afford the cornerstone rents that define the nicer pockets of the city often turn their attention to "bankers" and to "corporations" and to other abstractions to express their envy and their personal economic inabilities — and these attentions are oddly enmeshed in notions of economic privilege that have been digested as "white privilege." Yet the lifestyle of any Manhattan resident far exceeds anything experienced in Ferguson or across the entirety of Missouri experiences.
But these elites will go ahead and tell themselves that because they live in a racially diverse pocket that their experiences are akin to the economic struggles that exist in Ferguson — and that "white privilege" has set Ferguson's struggles in motion. They will go ahead and delude themselves in the articles they read, written as they are by journalists who are likely living hand to mouth and whose perspectives are cobbled together by that very hand to mouth lifestyle.
This needs to be rejected it in its entirety.
"White privilege" is a racist phraseology put on this earth by underachievers who have been made saddened by their personal shortcomings and by the cocoon of their envy and of their lack of experience in basic travel and in basic human interaction.
Regardless of how the Ferguson conundrum unfolds, it is simply unacceptable to deliver such overtly anti-Caucasian racist sentiments without response.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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