White privilege, the notion that white people are afforded societal benefits that members of other races are not, has seeped into our lexicon to explain racial disparity in wealth, race and health. But are racial privileges responsible? Does white privilege exist? Can it adequately explain individual experiences? Or are other factors at play in creating racial inequality?
Yes, it is
White people can be just as disadvantaged as black people. There is no deliberate policy that seeks to afford white people additional privileges and by many measurements, white people are struggling as much, if not more, than their counterparts in other minorities.
White people commit suicide more frequently
Suicide is indicative of extreme depression, helplessness, alienation, and loneliness. A privileged demographic would not feel these emotions and commit suicide in numbers as high as white people do.
White privilege conflates individual circumstance with structural inequality
To assert white privilege exists is to ignore the millions of white people who live in dire economic circumstances and to assume that every white individual is afforded privileges in some way.
White privilege is just another name for racism
White privilege doesn't exist. Racism exists. What we identify as white privilege is racism.
There is no deliberate policy objective to benefit white people
For white privilege to exist, there would have to be specific policies in place that explicitly benefit whites at the expense of other races. These policies do not exist.
Other factors offer far more privileges
Other demographic factors afford far more societal privileges than race. Instead of white privilege, we should be discussing 'two-parent' privilege.
White privilege is a political construct of the left
The political left relies on a narrative of white privilege for its support.
No, it isn't
Inequalities in our justice system, financial system, and health system expose the privileges white communities are afforded.
White privilege gives whites a financial boost
White privilege provides increased wealth for white families and fuels the racial wealth gap.
White privilege is present in the justice system
Non-whites are treated worse than white people in the justice system.
White privilege is present in the health system
White patients have better health outcomes than people of color.
White privilege is present in our education systems
Our education system is designed to promote white culture, thereby benefitting white students.
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