You can have your own “white privilege” without being white

The following quote is from the Ace of Spades blog, The Morning Rant by OregonMuse for May 20, 2019.

It’s brilliant and offers a great deal of wisdom. Progressives love to use the phrase white privilege to signify some sort of unfair advantage given to white people.  There’s no such thing. White people have to work for what they get out of life just as anyone else does. There is a formula for success in America that is available to anyone of any race, color or greed willing to pursue it.

Here is the best statement of that formula you are likely to find:

“Progressives like to claim that the economic disparities between blacks and whites are due to white privilege. Ignoring the fact that Asian immigrants generally do quite well in this country, what can be done to lessen the disparity? Well, it’s not like white privilege is any big secret. Anyone can reach out and take some. Here’s how you do it:

Go to school and study your ass off. Graduate from high school. Obey the law. Avoid recreational drugs and alcohol. Get a job. Consider no job, if it is honest work, to be beneath you. Work your ass off. Go to church. Avoid pre-marital sex and all-night partying. Do not have a child unless you’re married and are able to support one. Live beneath your means. Save money for emergencies. Do not hang out with criminals, slackers, or losers.

This is white privilege in a nutshell. And what’s great about white privilege is, get this, you don’t have to be white to get it. These rules will work for anyone, regardless of race or religion or country of origin. All you have to do is follow them and good things will come your way. Usually.

The problem is that, due to the unevenness of life, the benefits of white privilege are not evenly distributed, so it’s better if you live in a community where everyone practices these rules. In this way, you will maximize your chances of benefitting from white privilege.

But you’re not done yet. You also must teach these rules to your children, and teach them to teach the rules to their own children. Because the benefits of white privilege accrue like compound interest over generations.

And it only takes one generation, maybe two, to break this golden chain and then you’re back to square one, back to the misery, starvation, ignorance, and squalor that have been endemic to human societies since time immemorial.

White privilege is the only path that has ever lead to prosperity for the many, rather than just for the few. So what this world needs is not less white privilege, but more.”

There you have it. White privilege properly understood. Go and grab some for yourself. Just one caveat. It’s harder today than it used to be.

The formula says “Go to school and study your ass off.” Yes, you have to do that. But it’s different today than it was when yours truly was in school and college. In those halcyon days teachers and professors were actually interested in educating their students. They were better educated themselves than today’s college lecturers and professors. For the most part, they weren’t trying to indoctrinate their students to progressive liberalism.

Today it’s hard to find a teacher, lecturer or professor willing to leave their own political preferences out of the curriculum. Partisan politics now occupies so much of the space in a school or college campus there is little room left for real education.

That makes it harder to get an education but doesn’t make it impossible. It just means you have to do more than “study your ass off.” You have to search out the educators from the pompous political blowhards who know so little they cannot possibly help you learn anything.

In college back in the late 1960s-early-1970s I had a black professor for a political science class. I have no idea what his own political leanings happened to be. Neither did anyone else. He was simply brilliant and gave all who were willing to work for it a great deal of knowledge. I think it is hard to find his kind today, but maybe not impossible. Getting a good education is just a little harder today because there are now so few like my political science prof. You can learn a lot in college, it’s just that so much of it ain’t so.

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