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Political Commentary: White Privilege…Something We All Can’t Feel

    I was on Youtube watching my normal assortment of Ancient History based channels which usually cover the strategies and failures of past generals and kings and all of a sudden I saw a video on white privilege come up on my feed. I thought to myself that I should watch this video, not just because I have an interest in warfare and the battle lines that are drawn during it, but because I had such a firm opinion on what white privilege sounds like to me. The video consisted of conservative comedian Adam Carrola and conservative icon Dennis Prager discussing how white privilege did not exist, in front of an audience that was hidden from view by the camera angle. I spent about fifteen minutes listening to Caraolla’s tale of how he struggled as a white man in California and Pragers interjections of how foolish anyone would be to think that Carolla enjoyed any benefits from his skin color alone.

    As I turned off the video, I regarded two things: that we all have our own echo chambers and that no matter what they said I felt unsettled by the points they were making. In terms of echo chambers, when you discuss the privilege your skin color does or does not afford you it would be fair to have a differing opinion. Only because that’s how you have an actual debate. But these two adult, successful white men only increased each other’s belief in their own consenting logic processes and made no mention of any of the dissenting opinions that are concurrent with this issue. And there you have it, the reason why I felt uncomfortable: they were demonstrating their privilege without having to do anything other than sit there. 
But as long as most Hollywood roles go to whites, most political representatives are white, most bankers giving loans are white, most people who can afford a graduate education are white and so forth, it should be obvious that although we all do suffer life, few of us suffer “white.”


    No one says that white people don’t suffer. White people are human and to be human is to toil: they bleed when struck, they lose loved ones, they have their prayers go unanswered and they die just like the rest of us. But between womb and tomb, they do not suffer the feeling author James Baldwin described in his book, ‘ The Fire Next Time, ‘ which is the feeling that your color is a heavy mask you are wearing that cannot be moved but is always felt and always uncomfortable to wear. To be able to be free enough that you can sit with another white person and debate a phenomena that affects a race you are not a part of and leave that “debate” satisfied and comforted means that you are experiencing the very white privilege you, Dennis Prager and Adam Carolla, purport does not exist. After all, their only evidence to the contrary was anecdotes from the lives of two individuals, themselves, not data on the rate of acceptance of historically oppressed minorities into schools, or professions, or the continuance of police malfeasance and brutality or the very fact that “whiteness” was a term they adopted for themselves and “blackness” which is aligned with thoughts of darkness and “other” was placed upon black people. I am no bleeding heart Utopian, worshipping leftist who believes there will be a day without inequality, rather I am a moderate minded consciousness critique who values and extols the value of self awareness, the ability to realize what variables influence your life and how you  are a variable yourself. These two men lack that level of self awareness or they don’t and in the most vile fashion are only pretending to endear themselves to a certain audience.

    But as long as most Hollywood roles go to whites, most political representatives are white, most bankers giving loans are white, most people who can afford a graduate education are white and so forth, it should be obvious that although we all do suffer life, few of us suffer “white.”


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