No, I will not acknowledge my 'white privilege'

When I confess, I acknowledge my sins. Being white is not one of them.

Nor are the sins committed by other white people.

Nor will I acknowledge that "white privilege" got me to where I am because it propelled me to the head of some fanciful line.  Nor will l--an old white man-- agree that accepting my whiteness will be a necessary, but courageous and powerful act, as the racism industry has declared.

Wearing sackcloth and ashes  to atone for my and everyone's whiteness is not in the cards. The idea that white people should wallow in guilt over their whiteness has become so widespread it begs for someone to step forward and say it's unalloyed goofiness.

Publicly acknowledging my "whiteness" would not make a wit of difference,  The only thing that bending to demands for mass flagellation by an entire race  accomplishes is making professional scolds feel superior and the self-righteous brag how  they have made a difference.

Just to be clear: Generations of black Americans have been crushed by slavery, Jim Crow laws, discrimination and hostility--overt and subtle.   At the hands plantation owners, slave traders, bigots and fatheads of all sizes and shapes and mostly white skinned. Rising above it all has been a magnificent accomplishment for so many. Sadly, some are still in the heat of the battle and they should not be forgotten.

However, the term "whiteness" itself is bunk. If there's a "whiteness" then there must be  a blackness or a yellowness or a redness or a brownness. Liberals would choke over the idea of a blackness, and rightly so. 

That's because the entire idea of "race" is bogus. It is a construct now used by bigots of both sides--on one hand to make themselves feel superior to other races or on the other hand to claim they are victims of "systemic" racism. It's also useful to demographers and left-leaning social scientists (are there any others?) to glom research grants for studies that confirm their biases.

Megan Gannon in Scientific American explains  race is a "social construct" that needs to be phased out.

More than 100 years ago, American sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois was concerned that race was being used as a biological explanation for what he understood to be social and cultural differences between different populations of people. He spoke out against the idea of "white" and "black" as discrete groups, claiming that these distinctions ignored the scope of human diversity.

Science would favor Du Bois. Today, the mainstream belief among scientists is that race is a social construct without biological meaning. And yet, you might still open a study on genetics in a major scientific journal and find categories like "white" and "black" being used as biological variables.

In an article published today (Feb. 4) in the journal Science, four scholars say racial categories are weak proxies for genetic diversity and need to be phased out. [Unraveling the Human Genome: 6 Molecular Milestones]

A favorite trope of progressives is to brand people who disagree with them as "anti-science." Yet how conveniently they ignore the science when it reveals the flaws of their own beliefs.

Dare I say that whatever privilege I have enjoyed  arises not as much from my skin color as it does from more important things: Such as the  privilege of having two parents who raised me instead of the single-parent plague that is the scourge of the African-American community. A trend emulated by the mainstream. (All hail the return of Murphy Brown!)

The idea that "white privilege" is suffocating all aspects of the black experience needs serious examination, at least, if not outright rejection. "Collective responsibility" and "group guilt" are retro ideas from decades past that have long been debunked.

Instead, they have been resurrected by a squadron of self-interested and self-satisfied practitioners of their own brand of racism. Riding the current fashion, they have risen to media, political, ideological and entertainment heights. Their response will be yet another empty personal attack, accusing me of  "whitesplaining."

But they haven't done anything to bring us closer together. They're only prying us further apart.

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  • This is very well explained. Thank you, Dennis.

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    Thanks Dennis. You are the first journalist I've come across who has dared to speak out against this nonsense. I want to thank my parents and grandparents who struggled against all odds to survive without getting a step up due to their 'whiteness'.

  • Your second sentence says, "Nor are the sins committed by other white people.:

    What does that mean? Nor are the sins committed by other white people what? Their sins are not sins or they are not committing a sin by being white.

    And if it's not a sin to be white, why is it a crime to be black?

  • Clearly you don't understand the concept and the very basis of white privilege.

    White privilege means that you can go about your business without fear of being stopped or shot just for walking or driving down the street.

    Yes, it happens. It happens all the time. It happens to rich black people and black celebrities, too.

    The cops don't randomly pull you over because you are white. They do not know if you were raised by one parent, two parents or grew up in an orphanage.

    No one is asking you to apologize or feel guilty for being white. You only need to buy some empathy so you can pretend you understand the challenges of people who were born without the luxury of being white.

    While it's true that an estimated 60% of African-American households are single parent families, 25% of non-Latino white families are headed by a single parent.

    Apparently, we're catching up and it has nothing to do with Murphy Brown anymore than your perspective can be blamed on Archie Bunker.

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