Today at the university, a conversation developed concerning the Paris bombing. The original poster did not mention that another bombing happened in Lebanon and some students took offense to that. I did not know that an event happened in Lebanon until I did a Google search and found the information.
Another poster jumped in stating that the media did not cover the Beirut bombing because the people in Beirut are not ‘white’. This lead to yet another poster saying “********** is the Director of Multicultural and Community Outreach. It’s his duty to remind the Grand View University Faculty, Staff and students too if they are successful in life, it’s because of a unfair advantage. This is particularly the case with white, heterosexual men.” Signed, Jonah D.
It has been a long time since I have heard such a racist statement based on ignorance. I wanted to respond to him via the group email, but decided to let it pass for now. In lieu of calling him out on the group email, I decided to address it here in hopes of reaching a larger audience.
This ‘white privilege’ crap is nothing more than a catalyst for racial profiling and bigotry. If you don’t see it, let me explain it in detail.
America was founded by Euro-Americans who were predominately caucasian in ancestry. Therefore, even today the majority of Americans are Euro-American in nature and the law of averages dictates that when the vast majority of the nation is made up on one race, the majority of the businesses will be owned by said race.
If ‘White Privilege’ had any truth to it, you could travel to any country in the world and the majority of successful business owners in that country would still be European in ancestry. I looked at Vietnam, and oddly enough the vast majority of successful business persons were…..are you ready for this? They were Vietnamese! I looked at Sudan and by golly the majority were Sudanese. In Iran, they were Persian. In India, it was Indians!
So, to claim that a race is ‘privileged’ when that race is the predominate race in that country is more of whining that you were not born of that race and denying the law of averages and therefore is not valid. It is in fact racist in nature and the spreader of this bigotry should be castigated.