Politics has lately become saturated with buzzwords. This is especially true on racial issues, where bumper-sticker phrases like “black lives matter,” “coexist,” and “hands up don’t shoot” have become popular, even if their meanings are vague at best.
Add “white privilege” to that list. The term is thrown around constantly, yet even people who use it seem unable to define it — and a conservative black commentator just showed how meaningless it is in a clip that is now going viral.
During a sit-down conversation with a guest, conservative commentator and author Jesse Lee Peterson posed a simple challenge: Prove white privilege exists.
It should have been pretty easy. After all, we’re supposed to believe that “white privilege” is everywhere, giving Caucasians an unfair and unearned advantage at almost every turn.
If that were true, you’d think that major examples would be prevalent, yet when pressed, the leftist guest only turned into a sputtering mess.
“Does white privilege exist?” Peterson asked his guest. “Absolutely,” she answered.
“And where’s the proof of that?” he followed up. “All around!” she responded.
“For black people, white privilege is something to leverage,” she continued, without explaining what that means.
Pressing for a definition, Peterson made a simple request. “What is it, though?” he asked. “I don’t see it anywhere. What is it?”
That straightforward question made his guest do a complete reset, and apparently made her forget the English language.
“Wh-wha-huh? What? Huh?” she uttered.
“What is it?” Peterson continued. “For people like me who don’t see it …”
“How do you not see white privilege?” the guest continued, with a puzzled look on her face as if she had just been told that the earth was flat.
“Because it doesn’t exist,” Peterson answered.
“Yes it does!” the guest countered. “So what is it, exactly?” the host once again asked.
“I believe white privilege, er, is the ability just to be free and white, and not have the same type of social-economic and social ills as black people have to deal with,” the guest went on, staying vague.
“There’s no white racial profiling. White people don’t get pulled over by the cops just because they’re white. Um … they have the ability … to, um … you know, show emotion and love to their sons without being emasculated,” she continued, clearly struggling to answer the question.
Yes, when given a wide-open chance to explain white privilege, the guest could only think of tired examples like alleged mistreatment of black Americans by police, and a bizarre answer about “showing emotion.”
Even her boilerplate answer about police targeting black people has been shown to be false. The facts show that black citizens are not targeted disproportionately by cops — and actually, police officers are less likely to use force against black citizens than other races.
“When adjusting for crime, we find no systematic evidence of anti-Black disparities in fatal shootings, fatal shootings of unarmed citizens, or fatal shootings involving misidentification of harmless objects,” a major university study recently found, as The Western Journal reported last month.
“Officers’ use of lethal force following an arrest for a violent felony is more than twice the rate for white as for black arrestees, according to one study,” reported The Wall Street Journal, essentially contradicting the woman’s “white privilege” claim.
“Another study showed that officers were three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed whites,” The Journal continued.
“Not only are blacks not more likely to be fired upon by police than whites in tense moments, the study found that, if anything, they are less likely to be shot at,” that report continued. The researcher behind that study is himself black: Prof. Roland G. Fryer Jr. of Harvard University.
Then there’s the fact that when it comes to prestigious college admissions, it is Asian and white applicants — not blacks — who are currently discriminated against.
Data shows that for medical school applicants with the same MCAT scores, black college students have a dramatically higher chance of being accepted than their white or Asian peers with nearly identical test scores.
How about the pesky fact that the two highest-earning ethnic groups in America today are actually minorities who can be classified as “people of color?”
You read that right: Contrary to the narrative about white Americans keeping others down, it is actually Indian American and Filipino Americans who are the top earners in the U.S.A.
The list of evidence disproving the “white privilege” claim goes on and on.
Yes, there are racial disparities and still problems to be solved. However, the narrative of white privilege just doesn’t hold up when the actual evidence is examined. The fact that nobody seems able to define it or provide firm examples when pressed only reiterates that point.
No country is perfect, and the United States certainly is not either. Yet we’ve come a long way in only a few decades, and have the chance to become even more unified with our neighbors — no matter their race — than ever before.
Instead of throwing around empty and divisive phrases like “white privilege,” let’s look past skin color to focus on elevating individuals and celebrating accomplishments. That is the true American way.
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