Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Privilege of Being White

***TRIGGER WARNING*** This post is very likely to offend A LOT of people. And it's a LONG post. Don't read on if you can't handle that. There is some sarcasm as the post goes on. Keep that in mind. 

Thank God I don't have to be exposed to the white privilege brainwashing posts anymore but there are still times I can't help but think about the ones I have seen and how ridiculous the concept is that because someone's skin is white they must therefore be invisibly privileged (implying every single white-skinned person is). It's such a small-minded concept that is just burns me up to hear about it. Why you ask?


The concept of white privilege is that all white-skinned people, of any and every race on the planet, carry around unseen privileges with them solely granted to them because of their skin color. They supposedly get special treatment that no one of any other skin color could ever possibly get and somehow white-skinned people are just treated like Gods. The underlying pretext is that anyone non white-skinned is somehow beneath the white-skinned people.

That is why it pisses me of. It's so blatantly racist! I can't help but feel like somehow the KKK has to be behind this political agenda. That's the only people I can think of who could be so absurd and one-track-minded to assert such a concept. I'm sure that offends some people and I know there are others who will say I don't understand the whole concept but I've read that trash. I understand a lot better than you think and I didn't grow up in an all-white setting so I don't have the same view as someone who would have.


I didn't grow up in a all-white neighborhood, an all-white school, an all white family, nor did I grow up in a wealthy white neighborhood. I'm sure those who did will have a different viewpoint than I do and you should. Regardless of your background, hear me out. I'm about to explain to you the privilege of being white and I'm dead sure it's things you won't hear about in any of the propaganda you've been reading. Other countries and cultures and skin colors KNOW these things about us, so why in the hell would you think white skin is superior in their eyes if they know these things?

Broken families & Dysfunctional Households

Our divorce rates speak for themselves. This isn't just an American thing but it is worse here...in the home of the white privilege political space.






We dump our family members into homes - because we can't afford to stay home and care for them. If we try, we suffer and have to go without things that we need. Many of us don't even want to be bothered with our families when they're old and sick.

What's worse, when they're in these homes - or even just at their home - and old, we don't make the time to go visit them. Many people openly feel stress and verbally express their dismay at having to go visit.

Our children rarely appreciate their elders. They seem to dislike going to visit the most; an attitude translated to them by their parents.



Our children can't wait to move out when they turn 18. Some move sooner. They don't respect the value of being at home and have felt social pressures most of their lives to grow up, get a job, move out. They struggle and suffer and the stress is ruling their lives.

Those that move out and go to college then often start engaging in self-destructive behaviors; mostly in defiance of their parents whom they know will likely never find out. Now, that of course happens everywhere BUT, in America the lack of closeness between families means the family usually doesn't find out until it's too late and the child has ruined their life, killed themselves, or something equally as disturbing.

Most couples both have to work to keep up with life around them. Some want to work, but the majority are forced to work just to keep the rent paid and groceries in the fridge. Even middle class families don't feel comfortable with the amount of money they make given the expenses and the cost of living in America. People commit suicide because the social pressures are too much.

Suicide in itself is a predominantly white issue. More white-skinned people commit suicide than any other race. I guess the privilege of having white-skin just can't be handled by everyone. *that's meant to be fuck white privilege sarcasm btw*

Social Perception
If you are white-skinned, the general perception is that you are racist. End of discussion. Until you can prove that wrong, you have been judged to be racist. Everything you say and do will be put under a microscope and no matter how innocent, it will be deemed to be racist or you'll be dismissed because you can't help it since you're so racist. There's no innocent until proven guilty in this realm. You must work every single day of your life to prove you're not racist only to be a loser in the end. Heaven forbid you call a person of another skin color for being racist, that could literally end your life socially forever. You're going to spend the rest of your life dancing and dodging any and every word or action that someone could perceive as racist.

Rich white men have been fucking up your life for millenium without you even being born yet, but you're going to pay for it and suffer for it for the rest of your life. Not to mention the rich men of other colors who also contributed to it but bear no historic burden for the blame. You had the misfortune of being born white which makes you a target for sins of men who really only cared about money and nothing about skin-color. They were thinking in terms of $$$$$$$ but no one wants to acknowledge that because it doesn't make money for the propagandist now.


We aren't allowed to like people of another skin color because we're accused of exoticising the race. We are chastised and reprimanded for being interested in colorful pretty things in other cultures and accused of appropriation...which is a nice word for theft btw...simply because we appreciated the beauty of something and wanted to be involved.


If you don't like another culture or cultural aspect - you racist bastard - you had best pretend you do because otherwise you'll be ostracized by everyone and they'll turn on you because you're a horrible person. Suck it up buttercup, it's better to be accused of appropriation than being proved a racist simply because you have an opinion. Bonus points if you appropriate another white-skinned race because no one will notice and then you won't have to align yourself to either side of the debate.

You are not allowed to have pride in white people. *Hence why you'll never hear terms like 'strong white woman.'* That's again proving how racist you are. How dare you have the audacity to prefer the white presidential candidate, you couldn't possibly have picked him based on his political background. You only want him because he's white, just admit it. You also shouldn't favor any actors or actresses that are white based on their talent; nor should you find any respect for white-skinned scientists who find the cure for diseases. If you do, you may as well enlist in the KKK right now; they've been looking for people who like you. (Oops.. that reminds me, you don't have to be white to be in the KKK anymore.)

I could go on and on however, I'm sure you get the point. White-skinned people have issues JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER RACE. Yep, in predominantly white-skinned countries it's more likely you'll be treated like the majority. If you have white skin you won't be out of the ordinary and people will naturally be more comfortable with you. But go to a non-white country and yes, you'll get exoticised too - of course you should go so you can see what it feels like since you've lived such a sheltered life. 

5 comments:

  1. What you say is absolutely true, but it is also true that predominately white countries are also the most developed. British, French, Portuguese have dominated the world with their colonies for a better part of the last century. The industrial revolution also took place in europe much earlier. Innovations, new ideas etc also emerged from these countries which we called west. Yes, the people of these countries have worked hard. All in all a very postive image. There was rapid improvement in the quality of life. If not for the the two world wars, things would have continued like this. So, it does create the myth that white people are superior and may be the skin colour has something to do with it. Whatever you described is an internal issue of a country or race or society. In India, due to colonial hangover, white people do get certain prievlages which Indians or a dark skinned person may not get. We too are racist.

    What comes to your mind when you think of a american or a british? If you ask the people of other coutries, you know the answer. If I had not seen cowboy movies I would not have known that Red Indians are also americans.

    As far as India is concerned, those who poured through our western borders through out our history, were invariably white. Tall white aryans with sharp features who laid down the foundations of the vedic civilization. Turks, Afghans, Mughals, again fair skinned. At last the british who were, well white. The british took it a bit further. They propounded the aryan theory and said that the white aryans defeated the dark indegeneous people of India and established their rule, another attempt at portraying that everything came from outside India and ofcourse their racial superiority.

    Most of the postive accounts in history are about the white people. They came and civilized the people of different countries. At least the British are proud of this fact. From Asia to Africa, I have not heard about any place where white people are looked down upon. This feeling has a strong historical background and cannot be shaken off easily.

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    1. I don't necessarily agree with the quality of life statement you made. Life is not better in developed countries, there's a lot of vital qualities we have lost out on, including our true history and the loss of our family structures. Those 2 things alone diminish the quality considerably. Having a fancy cell phone or an expensive car is not quality as far as life is concerned. Did you know that in the US, it's now become illegal to even grow your own food in some places? That is definitely not a quality I would want!

      Also, as to the myth of white people being superior, that is a direct problem caused by the rich white men I mentioned. Those rich white men blatantly omitted most of the truth from our history. You wouldn't know about the red-skinned natives because they were removed from the accounts of our history. You wouldn't know about the accomplishments or bad behavior of many races for this very reason. The US was once fought over and then broken up between Spaniards, French, and Englishmen. All 3 different skin tones, different cultures, etc. but most of what we are taught revolves around the British.

      There's no mention of the Natives killing entire white tribes of people in the history books, only the killing of Natives by the British. There's no mention of wealthy black men owning slaves, only white men. There's no mention of all-black military units who fought the civil war, because if so you might find out that the war wasn't about slavery. There's no mention of the fact that New Orleans is made up of a mix of mostly Haitian and French. There's so much left out of the books just to focus on white, white, white that it's given people false beliefs about white people in general. That goes for other countries too.

      The wars we're fighting now still aren't fought by all white men against all other colored people yet somehow, it all defaults back to being white vs. the other country. I don't know how we got here but if we don't wake up from this mindless unrealistic mindset soon we're going to self-destruct!

      Civilized has become a dirty word too. Look how many cultures were just fine without western intervention. Part of the definition of civilized means 'easy to manage or control.' It's not about who is better, it's all about how they can dominate us and take our humanity away.

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    2. This is where I thank the founding fathers of our India, that they created a secular and comprehensive history of India. Everyone was given equal importance, both the hindu history and muslim history. So we have the symbol of Ashoka the Great as our national symbol and we have a road named after mughal king Akbar in Delhi. They sure white washed certain unplesant history of the british and muslim rule from our text books but nothing to create hartred. This is in direct contrast to neighbouring Pakistan where the history is mostly about muslims with hatred for hindus.

      It is true that the British elites and merchants grew prosperous with the riches of India. They systematicaly destroyed the indegenous industries of India to promote their own goods. Can't blame them, we let them in. British education indirectly led to the nationalist feeling among Indians and it was also responsible for various social reform movements in India. They build a system to hold the country and we indirectly benefitted from it. However, when the dust settled on the British empire, we realized that a lot has taken away from us. This must have happened with other countries in Asia and Africa also. So, the image of a white man as an oppressor is firmly eteched in the minds of the people. The apartheid practice of South Africa is a prime example of it.

      America, Australia, New Zealand had a native population. We don't know much about the Maoris of New Zealand and the Aborginal people of Australia just like we do not know about the Red Indians. When I saw the Red Indians for the first time, I said "who in god's name are these people". I do not know but their very few faces of these indegeneous people on internatinal scene. Does America has a Red Indian minister in its Cabinet or a Red Indian ambassador to a country. I don't know as an outsider. In the absence of adequate representation, there persists a impressions that these people have been wiped out by the white population through genocide when the truth may be quiet different.

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  2. My big problem with those "white privilege" and anti-racism crusaders is that they will not only claim that whites and ONLY whites are racist by default. They also claim that whites have EVEN MORE of an obligation to be mindful about other races because of their so called "inborn privilege".

    Someone will have to explain to me how telling one skin colour lot that they can't do certain thing and excuse that same behaviour in another ethnic group isn't a form of racism to begin with. But as usual when I point that out to, I am accused of using my "white privilege".
    Because yeah, holding every ethnic groups accountable at the same level when it comes to assholery is indeed extremely racist from my part...duh! Equal treatment for all, we don't want that!

    We have reached a point at which no matter what a white person do or don't do, they are going to be trashed and accused of abusing their white privilege, this is a very disturbing thing, that is helping no one, white or not.

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    1. I agree it's very disturbing! I do get the concept but to say it only applies to white people is exactly what burns me up. That's so unrealistic!

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