White Privilege or Political Charade?
I’ve been called a lot of things in my lifetime. A lot of it I deserved, and some I didn’t. But because I am white and believe in the patriotism of America, I am a racist, a white supremacist and my white privilege blinds me of that. Believe it or not I’ve experienced my white American privilege before. I spent years in Eastern Europe and West Africa teaching. A communist country newly succeeded from its communist grip is not a place of joy, wealth or any type of political or social freedom. I could cut the depression in the air with a knife. Starving families who once were given at least the bare minimum felt their ration was good enough for them. 1997 Romania was not the place to be a vibrant budding sociology major eager to learn. I left a mess, not wanting to get on the plane to fly back home. I felt they taught me how to feel empathy and to not take for granted what I had back home in America. I went back to Plowska Romania 2 more times and spent months in Cote d’Ivoire as well. Each time teaching me that I am not just lucky, but I am privileged to be an American citizen. I remember coming home after my second trip and walking down the cereal isle in Costco and I couldn’t stand! My knees gave way and the tears came out and I was very aware of my “privilege”.
According to BLM/Antifa activists, if a person is white, no matter where they come from or what challenges they have faced, they have it good. According to their view white people continue to get ahead simply through the good fortune of having been born to white parents. This “white privilege” has made it possible for white people to rise above minorities, providing them with an extra boost. And they stay there, even today. According to this flawed narrative and warped perspective, personal histories do not matter. Character counts for nothing. Individual circumstances and individual responsibility are inconsequential.
I find it ironic that the same individuals who call for equal treatment are perpetuating a narrative that singles out a group of people based on their skin color. The past 8 months has been a barrage of accusation and treatment by others who have no clue of my character or personal history. I can list hundreds of reasons why my white privilege card should be revoked but this isn’t about revoking anything. To compare and contrast one’s privilege only leads to more division. Someone who hears they are privileged is more likely to believe it is true, defend the status quo, perpetuate the system, and not push for any change. The push to make every white American aware, in some instances painfully aware, of their privilege only cements the divide that has and will remain unless we drop the charade.
This concept is not new. We, as a culture, have made leaps and bounds in racial equality. Whether it be the color of your skin, the gender you ascribe to or circumstances you grew up in, the days of using race as an excuse to fail is no longer valid. Unless… unless there is a pending controversial election in the distant future. What better way to erase years and years of progress than to highlight and exploit the thing we cannot change about ourselves… the color we were born with. Nothing infuriates me more than to be told the things in which I cannot change are the very things that are “systemically” wrong in our society.
The upcoming election was the end goal. We had the exploitation of a tragic event coupled with a pandemic that was said to be the deadliest virus to hit American soil. Combine that with the mainstream medias coordinated effort with Liberal politicians to take over, and the blinded Americans who followed gave birth to an America I never thought I would see in my lifetime. Orwell wrote a fiction novel, not a manual for living in 2021! There was and is a clear plan. Biden was to be the winner and by hell or high water a Democrat would sit in the Oval Office! I can’t surmise what the plan will be after January 20th but I am certain this America is not what the drafters of our Constitution wanted for this country.
To manufacture a “systemic” problem with no clear solution gives us little hope that we can ever move past what has happened. You cannot feasibly fix a problem that will never be under our control. The race divide is not a human issue, it is a political tool that has been masterfully used in the 2020 election. Belief in this fact is our only hope to healing a severely divided country. Instead, we are defunding police, changing curriculum in schools and spending tax dollars on programs that will perpetuate this divide further. In the name of human rights, we are killing any chance to just be humans again.
Self-proclaimed community “leaders” like KC Short of We Stand United SD are stating that any person of color not in line with the leftist thought are “self-defeating uncle Toms.” Patriots are fighting a battle that cannot be won with common sense or civility. The events of Congress to impeach the President of the United States for a second time only prove their tactics have worked.
I’ll end with a powerful message from Matt Gaetz. “Trump has faced unprecedented hatred and resistance from big media, big tech, and big egos”. “Words matter” he says. “For months, our cities burned, police stations burned, our businesses were shattered. Some have cited the metaphor that the President lit the flame but they lit actual flames, actual fires.” And as I write this article Newsweek calls them “racial justice peaceful protests.” My privilege isn’t the problem in America, my complacency is.