East Lansing, MI.
What’s offensive about it? It’s a simple truth that we all should recognize. White privilege is not a derogatory term or an epithet. It’s just a term for the things that white people don’t have to worry about, but blacks or other minorities do because of the racial prejudices that are common in our society.
I’m a white guy (as you can see from my avi). I’ve never walked into a store and seen the shopkeeper or security guards looking at me with suspicion or following me around. If I were black, that would happen to me all the time because of the common and pervasive stereotype that black guys are criminals. I don’t have to worry about people treating me with that kind of prejudice. That’s just one example of my white privilege, I could give you a dozen more. White privilege isn’t fair, it isn’t just, and it isn’t the way things should be… but there it is. It exists, throughout our country. And if we can’t at least admit that fact, we are making racial problems in America worse.
“White Privilege” implies that white people are treated by society better than they should be, which is the wrong way to look at it. Decent treatment of “whites” (well-to-do whites) is not the problem, it’s the standard by which everyone should be treated. It’s the poor treatment of certain minorities that needs to be addressed. In fact, I’m not sure minorities is the right word to use since it’s got a lot more to do with socioeconomic status than anything else.
if you think about it, this is another way to degrade non-whites by implying that they’re not deserving, that they’re victims and there’s nothing they can do about it. What BS.
Quit the labeling and name calling and treat every man, woman, and child like the social equals they are.