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WHITE PRIVILEGE IS WHEN…

Posted by nicolen on September 17, 2008

Mr. Wise really nailed this one!

BY Tim Wise

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you’ll “kick their fuckin’ ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.

White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don’t all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you’re “untested.”

White privilege is being able to say that you support the words “under God” in the pledge of allegiance because “if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it’s good enough for me,” and not be immediately disqualified from holding office–since, after all, the pledge was written in the late 1800s and the “under God” part wasn’t added until the 1950s–while believing that reading accused criminals and terrorists their rights (because, ya know, the Constitution, which you used to teach at a prestigious law school requires it), is a dangerous and silly idea only supported by mushy liberals.

White privilege is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make people immediately scared of you.

White privilege is being able to have a husband who was a member of an extremist political party that wants your state to secede from the Union, and whose motto was “Alaska first,” and no one questions your patriotism or that of your family, while if you’re black and your spouse merely fails to come to a 9/11 memorial so she can be home with her kids on the first day of school, people immediately think she’s being disrespectful.

White privilege is being able to make fun of community organizers and the work they do–like, among other things, fight for the right of women to vote, or for civil rights, or the 8-hour workday, or an end to child labor–and people think you’re being pithy and tough, but if you merely question the experience of a small town mayor and 18-month governor with no foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in college–you’re somehow being mean, or even sexist.

White privilege is being able to convince white women who don’t even agree with you on any substantive issue to vote for you and your running mate anyway, because all of a sudden your presence on the ticket has inspired confidence in these same white women, and made them give your party a “second look.”

White privilege is being able to fire people who didn’t support your political campaigns and not be accused of abusing your power or being a typical politician who engages in favoritism, while being black and merely knowing some folks from the old-line political machines in Chicago means you must be corrupt.

White privilege is being able to attend churches over the years whose pastors say that people who voted for John Kerry or merely criticize George W. Bush are going to hell, and that the U.S. is an explicitly Christian nation and the job of Christians is to bring Christian theological principles into government, and who bring in speakers who say the conflict in the Middle East is God’s punishment on Jews for rejecting Jesus, and everyone can still think you’re just a good church-going Christian, but if you’re black and friends with a black pastor who has noted (as have Colin Powell and the U.S. Department of Defense) that terrorist attacks are often the result of U.S. foreign policy and who talks about the history of racism and its effect on black people, you’re an extremist who probably hates America.

White privilege is not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is when asked by a reporter, and then people get angry at the reporter for asking you such a “trick question,” while being black and merely refusing to give one-word answers to the queries of Bill O’Reilly means you’re dodging the question, or trying to seem overly intellectual and nuanced.

White privilege is being able to claim your experience as a POW has anything at all to do with your fitness for president, while being black and experiencing racism is, as Sarah Palin has referred to it a “light” burden.

And finally, white privilege is the only thing that could possibly allow someone to become president when he has voted with George W. Bush 90 percent of the time, even as unemployment is skyrocketing, people are losing their homes, inflation is rising, and the U.S. is increasingly isolated from world opinion, just because white voters aren’t sure about that whole “change” thing. Ya know, it’s just too vague and ill-defined, unlike, say, four more years of the same, which is very concrete and certain.

White privilege is, in short, the problem.

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9 Responses to “WHITE PRIVILEGE IS WHEN…”

  1. incogman said

    Wise is a big fat White hater, just like you are.

    White privilage is nothing but another bullshit attack on White people by Jew liberals pretending they are the modern reincarnation of Trotsky, the Jew.

    We’ll be coming for you one day in the future because we are the truly PISSED OFF.

  2. Jason said

    Tim Wise is a Jew. Jews are not White. They are Semites. Just like Arabs. This Jew, Tim Wise, has no business commenting on White people, because he is not a member of the White race.

  3. incogman said

    Jews love to attack the White race in any way they possibly can.

    They are the source to all the race frictions that spawn liberals like the girl who does this blog.

    This is why race problems in the US go on and on and on and on and on…

  4. incogman said

    I guess you just can’t bring yourself to put two and two together about Jews like Wise. These are the people that have spawned all the race frictions in this country to begin with.

    It’s what they do! They love sucking the wealth out of countries while screwing up the Goyim’s head.

    How about that story on Krysten Brydum getting her head shot up with 7 bullets from NO 9th ward Negroes? They’d do that to you if they could get away with it, after raping you of course.

    Read all about it here, brainwashed Jew dupe:

    http://incogman.wordpress.com/2008/10/04/stupid-obama-girl-left-dead-shot-in-the-head/

  5. NDM said

    This isn’t an example of “white privilege” it’s a litany of stupid behavior. I came to this site expecting a higher caliber of writing, since this (opposing sectarianism) is so important to the continued health of our country; I hope to read better entries in future…

  6. Billy bob said

    God how I hate people that hate. I think we should all be the same and not hate any one except those who hate. Hating people who hate is o.k. because if we could get rid of all those haters we could all be not haters together. Now we need a plan to rid the planet of people who hate, and some one to judge which ones of us are haters. Hating is the worst thing about mankind, and must be destroyed, even if it means becoming a hater to achieve it. God how I hate people who hate!

    • Cole said

      Billy, i think your logic is a bit messed up and that there could be and easier way to get rid of the hate. The way i see it is if you want to get rid of books dont burn them, just dont teach people to read. so instead of hating haters, just have an ever growing group of poeple that think the same way. i dont think we could get rid of all the hate groups, but getting more members in one group would mean less members for hate groups.

  7. JOE CAPRIO said

    WHITE PRIVILEGE IS BEING ABLE TO WRITE WHAT YOU JUST WROTE MR WISE.

  8. Jerry said

    Damn, what is with the white hate? It seems like all whites are to blame when one white fucks up, but god forbid if we talk about a black person who does something wrong because then we’re racist. You want proof that this country has different sets of rules regarding whites and blacks? Go apply for welfare or food stamps. I swear to God, I am not lying about this, I brought a friend of mine, who is white, to apply for food stamps and she was given the wrong form. It was a form for blacks! When the woman realized what she had done, she snatched it back instantly… and then denied my friend… because she made 5 dollars more than she was supposed to a month. So my friend said,” I’ll be back in two weeks… I’ll just be sure to take a half hour break this week. And I am writing down your name, so that when I file a complaint about being treated differently because of my skin color, they will know who to fire.” The woman went ballistic, screaming,” I ain’t racist, I’m black! Blacks people aren’t racist!”

    That is how ignorant this woman was. She honestly believed that because she was black, she was allowed to treat white people like shit. Oh, and she was fired. Apparantly, that form she accidentally handed my friend is a major taboo. Everyone there knows about it, but they don’t talk about it.

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