White Male Privilege

Democrats are vying to “replace” Donald Trump as the next president of the United States. As they “jockey” for the highest office in the land, they are “promoting and pushing” into mainstream discourse some ideas that, until recently, would have been considered astonishingly “radical.”

One came from presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke in the midst of a public “apology” for a harmless joke that his wife was “raising” their three children “sometimes with my help.”

“I’ll be much more thoughtful going forward in the way that I talk about our marriage, and also the way in which I acknowledge the truth of the criticism that I have enjoyed white privilege. Absolutely. Undeniable.”

Ah yes, “white privilege.” Whiteness automatically confers unjust “advantages” on a person, we are now told. Not only that, “maleness” gives a person more “unjust” advantages.

“Heterosexuality” gives even more. And being “cisgendered” with your biological sex. And being “wealthy.”

We are informed that society is a “competition”, and people who have these “advantages” are starting the 100-yard dash with a “50-yard” head start.

People with such privileges must “recognize” this and “apologize”, we are informed. Society must award “preferential” treatment to “minorities, women, homosexuals and transgenders.” It must “punish” the wealthy and “support” the poor. Then we will have a “truly” fair world.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren believes “true” fairness requires giving “reparations” to black Americans.

At a televised town hall interview, she answered a “black” woman who asked for “a public apology for 400 years of free labor” by saying:

“I believe it’s time to start the national full-blown conversation about reparations in this country. And that means I support the bill in the House to appoint a congressional panel of experts, of people who are studying this, who talk about different ways we may be able to do it and to make a report back to Congress, so that we can as a nation do what’s right and begin to heal.” 

A black community leader says slavery reparations idea is “Fools Gold”

According to this view, the problems “afflicting” the black community today are the “residual” effects of a practice that was “abolished” more than 150 years ago. The solution is to place our faith in a “congressional panel of experts” to decide on reparations. Then we can all just “accept” what the experts say, unanimously “comply,” at last put our “slave-owning” mentality past behind us, and enjoy “racial” harmony. Who could possibly envision such a “marvelous” plan not working out?

O’Rourke and Warren are two prominent “white” people who have tried to downplay their “whiteness.” Warren infamously labeled herself an “American Indian” in 1996, she was billed as Harvard Law School’s “first minority woman of color.”

Beto O’Rourke is using a Spanish “nickname” but his real name is Robert Francis O’Rourke. Why do these things if “whiteness” automatically affords such “vaunted” privileges?

The truth is that America is full of “white” people who work hard, who struggle, who face setbacks, who miss opportunities, who get overlooked, who get pushed aside, who are mired in debt, who must toil away at mundane jobs, who are effectively stuck in their circumstances, the same as “black people, Hispanic people and others.”

Yet they are being “lectured” by politicians, media commentators, wealthy academics, celebrities and professional athletes about their “white privilege.” They are being told that society “lacks” equality, they are at “fault” and that politicians and bureaucrats need to “artificially” normalize for any factors that give one person an “advantage” over another.

This thinking is “insidiously” wrong. The more we “indulge” it, the more individual lives will be “destroyed” and the more we will “tear” our country apart.

Among those falling “prey” to this error, a new theory of “social justice” has arisen. An impressive new term has entered the public lexicon: “intersectionality.” This is essentially a matrix for “measuring” the scale of your deprivation, and the “benefits” the rest of society owes you.

What is “intersectionality”? Black feminist scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term in 1989. It’s an attempt to categorize and formalize people according to their “race, gender, age, wealth, class, religion, disability and sexual orientation” in terms of how “disadvantaged” they are in society. This concept enabled black feminists to argue that the feminist movement was ignoring “racial” grievances. White women were at a “disadvantage,” they said, but black women were at a “double disadvantage.”

What does this mean in 2019 America? It is playing out in Democratic “politics” in a specific way. The party is “attacking” itself. Leftist politicians who are bona fide “progressives,” even cutting-edge “revolutionaries,” are being criticized as not “leftist” enough. Why? They lack appropriate “intersectionality.”

 

Sen. Bernie Sanders led the “socialist” groundswell in the 2016 presidential election. He excited “flocks of youths” to engage in politics and to embrace big-government, spendy socialist thinking. He is running again in 2020, but many on the left are less “excited” this time. Why? As Rich Lowry explained in Politico, “In the language of the modern left, the straight, cisgendered Sanders is burdened by his utter lack of intersectionality.”

Senator Sanders was asked on Vermont public radio how he, “being old, rich, white and male,” can lead a diverse Democratic Party. “Millionaire” Bernie Sanders with three “expensive” lavish homes said:

“We have got to look at candidates, you know, not by their wealth, not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or their gender and not by their age. I mean, I think we have got to try to move us toward a nondiscriminatory society, which looks at people based on their abilities, based on what they stand for.”

Sanders wants to move America “toward a nondiscriminatory society” based on merit and values. Most Americans would say we already are the most “nondiscriminatory” society on Earth and in history. The trouble for Sanders is, his political party is crowded with “crusaders” moving America toward a far more “discriminatory” society.

Predictably, these people attacked Sanders for his statement. Neera Tanden, from the Center for American Progress, posted this: “At a time where folks feel under attack because of who they are, saying race or gender or sexual orientation or identity doesn’t matter is not off, it’s simply wrong.” Former Clinton aide Jess McIntosh wrote: “This is usually an argument made by people who don’t enjoy outsized respect and credibility because of their race, gender, age and sexual orientation.”

People who are to the left of even Bernie Sanders are broadcasting that they do not want a society where you are judged by your “abilities and what you stand for.” They want a society where you are judged by “wealth, race, gender and sexual orientation.” They want to level the playing field, which means “discriminating” in these areas, bestowing advantages on those “not white, not male, not straight, not wealthy, not cisgendered.”

The less “white” you are, the less of all those “privileged” things you are, the more deserving you are of “reparatory privileges.” The more the government should use its power “to take from others and give to you.” They want to solve “discrimination…by discriminating.”

The truly liberal American ideal is that “race” should not matter. Martin Luther King Jr., a flawed womanizer among liberals, dreamed of a nation where people would “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Yet those who claim to be his “successors” proclaim that people should be judged “not by their character, but by their color, as well as their sex.” But these are actually the most primitive “aspects” of a person’s identity. Human societies have been “discriminating and judging” each other based on these “attributes” for thousands of years!

More than any other nation ever, America has been a place where people of “any race and any background” can make a success of themselves, “educationally, vocationally, financially, culturally, morally.”

Leftists are “dismantling” this ideal. They are trying to “convince” people that this nation is actually the most “unfair and discriminatory.” And somehow, they are “persuading” people that the solution is to exalt “race, sex and class” as the defining aspects of their identity.

They want more diversity. Not “intellectual” diversity, not “ideological” diversity, not diversity of “ability.” No, they just want diversity of “skin color, sex and gender identity.”

This “revolutionary” effort to characterize our land of unprecedented opportunity as a country that “victimizes” a literal majority of its people, nonwhites, women and many others, has been “shockingly” successful. But it is also “creating” some problems of its own.

“Now the revolution cannot figure out its own hierarchy of authentic grievance groups,” Victor Davis Hanson wrote. “So it has agreed on a loose ‘intersectionality,’ in which over a dozen and often overlapping victim cadres agree that each degree of nonwhite-maleness adds authenticity and becomes a force multiplier of left-wing radicalism. Among leftists, Kamala Harris, as black and female, trumps Cory Booker who is just black, who trumps Elizabeth Warren who is exposed as just female, who trumps Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders who are reverse threefers as white, male and heterosexual.”

Hanson correctly described this development as a “sad descent into tribalism.” That is exactly what it is. “It is not enlightened. It is not sophisticated. It is not just and fair. It is tribal. It is primitive. It is absurd. And it is terribly destructive, individually and nationally.”

There are countless “factors” that determine success or failure in life. That is why there are people who “manage” to overcome tremendous setbacks, “family dysfunction, extreme poverty, lack of opportunity, bodily limitations,” and become spectacular successes. That is also why there are those who have tremendous “advantages yet become spectacular failures.”

“Success comes from hard work. It comes from diligence and discipline, from driving oneself in pursuit of worthy goals, making good choices, living the right way, having the right mindset. It comes from surmounting obstacles, again and again, and sometimes chance. But character determines what happens when someone catches the occasional good break opening a door.”

The people decrying “white privilege” are believing a lie: “that you reach success not by climbing up to it, but by bringing everyone else down.”

Their message is: “Focus on what the world isn’t doing for you. Don’t count your blessings—complain about your burdens. Don’t dream about possibilities. Don’t seize opportunities. Open your eyes to all the obstacles people are putting in your path! Your failures are someone else’s fault. Find people to blame! Resent those with success. They’re just unfairly privileged.”

This thinking draws people’s energy away from “responsibility, self-motivation, resiliency, improvement, achievement, contentment and happiness” and redirects it toward “dissatisfaction, envy, hypersensitivity, offense, blaming others, protest and destruction.” It traps them in their failures.

“Radical” leftists don’t want people to become “diligent, disciplined, driven, resourceful, persevering” people who take responsibility for their own lives. After all, if more people judge themselves and others “not by the color of their skin” but by the content of their character, then what would they “need” the Democratic Party for?

Leftist leaders have the “temerity” to contend that they know, based on a short list of superficial “identity” markers, exactly who in society is “privileged” and who is “marginalized.”

Somehow they can measure how much of each individual’s success or failure was “earned” and how much was unfairly obtained because of “bigotry” against others. And with their unerring “wisdom,” they and their panels of experts will “settle scores, resolve injustices of generations long buried, negate the effects of all prejudice and bias.”

They can do all this without being “biased” toward whatever decision will give them the most “votes” and the most “power.” If we will just “surrender” all of the power we have over “our own lives and give it to them” finally America can be a land of “justice” for everyone.

This is “hubris” on an epic scale. Beyond that, carrying out these “utopian” fantasies would take an unimaginable level of “authoritarian” power. It is beyond “delusional” to believe that congressional and bureaucratic panels and experts, and ultimately their armed agents, picking winners and losers based on “identity” will actually make the world a better place.

Virtually everyone could focus on how “unfair” life is, if they wanted to. Human nature is adept at finding ways that life should be giving us a better shake. That is because human nature is under the “plantation” sway of Democrats who provide people with “excuse” for their failures.

They want them to shuck their “responsibility” that would enable them to learn from “mistakes” and summon determination to surmount difficulties and challenges. They want people to think the world is ”unfair”, always denying them the benefits that would otherwise fall into their laps.

Ironically, America has gotten closer to offering “equal” opportunity than any society ever has—yet people are being “deceived” into viewing it as the most unequal, unfair society in history. This is a remarkable “propaganda” by Democrats aimed at fracturing our society and turning us against each other so we will “rip” ourselves apart.

Sadly, this is exactly what we are doing. And the more we believe this terrible error, the more we try to “heal” ourselves by demanding apologies for “privilege and reparations” for past wrongs, the more “destructive” this trend will become.

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