What is white privilege?
Am I privileged?
In my old country, the Soviet Union, I knew I was different; I was not quite like other kids since kindergarten.
I knew it in school, summer camp, college, the army.
I knew that I should not apply to certain colleges or jobs because Jews were never accepted there.
I knew it because my white Jewish father was sent to the Gulag and died shortly after he came back after Stalin’s death.
Did I feel privileged then? Go ahead, guess.
Did I feel privileged when I came to the United States? We came with a small child. I was 30 and my wife was 25. It was hard, my English was bad but we never had any doubts about our choice.
Privilege definition: a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor : prerogative; especially : such a right or immunity attached…
It is a sad fact that racism is alive and well in the United States.
But please don’t generalize and don’t slap the labels on the whole white race.
I wonder if you ask a white coal miner if he feels privileged? Or folks in the deep south – do they feel privileged? I am not sure farmers these days feel much privilege. Rural America?
It is simple to assign the blame to just one source.
White privilege. So how do we fix the issue of “white privilege”?
America has made considerable progress in the last sixty years. Is it enough? No! It is a work in progress!
You know why Democrats lost in 2016? Because white rural America did not feel privileged!
Education and the lottery.
Is affirmative action a good thing? Yes! It helps. But it is not helping young people who do not have a decent school education.
I think that a lottery system for kids who want to go to good school and get good education is a disgrace! The only way to pull kids out of the vicious circle of ghetto life is to give these kids, these families every opportunity to get an education.
Have you heard how black kids call black kids who want to learn, to succeed? Oreo Cookie!
And this alone, this stupid stereotype, is probably not less damaging to blacks than racism from other ethnic groups. It is black on black racism!
Just listen to this woman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EDolug4m2Q
“Have you ever been called or heard someone called an “Oreo?” These racialized names make me really frustrated, angry really. My son talked to me about being called an Oreo and how he made sense of it. Well, his reasoning didn’t make much sense, so mama had to school him. The term is rooted in the lie that Black people are inferior and if they excel that means they are “acting White.” I share why this thinking is flawed and not rooted in history or reality”
Why am I saying all this now?
Because I am concerned that Democrats will manage to lose the election this year!
You should not support or try to explain riots and looting. Try to explain it to a store owner who, on top of the COVID 19, got his/her business destroyed (literally) by a mob.
You don’t call for dismantling the police in America. We need to reform the police! To assign some of their current tasks to other institutions. But the vast majority does not want to get rid of the police.
There is still a lot of violence, shootings and murders in America. Violent gangs, drug cartels, mass shootings in America. Who are you going to call if there is shooting nearby?
You (whites) don’t accuse ALL whites of being “privileged” Because the idea should be NOT to lower yourselves but to help others to help themselves to rise from their current level.
There is a reason there is a police officer in public schools: weapons, mass gun insanity and school shootings – not to oppress children.
So please think hard before making grand pronouncements.
We need people from all walks of life, all races, all ages and all states to beat Trump. And the extreme rhetoric, demands to destroy everything and then build again sounds good but will lead to defeat and four more years of the Trump nightmare.