White Privilege

Discussion in 'Politics' started by dbphoenix, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. dbphoenix


    Except that if you were negro rather than white, the situation would not likely resolve itself in that way.

    But who knows about hypotheticals.
    #31     Aug 25, 2014
  2. ElCubano


    If I had just robbed a store and even see an inklin of a cop car anywhere within 5 blocks of me I would be running away like Bo Jackson. Certainly, not towards him.
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    #32     Aug 25, 2014
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  3. dbphoenix


    Good point.
    #33     Aug 25, 2014
  4. dbphoenix


    When Bill O’Reilly had fellow Fox News host Megyn Kelly on his show Monday night to discuss white privilege, viewers familiar with the two cable personalities’ track records on race likely expected to be overwhelmed by the kind of racist nonsense that’s defined Fox’s coverage of the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson, Missouri, thus far.

    So imagine their surprise when Kelly — who made her name in part by hyping fears of a New Black Panther Party — turned out to not only argue that white privilege is real, but to do so by citing the large amount of academic research to buttress her point.

    “There’s a lot of evidence behind” the idea of white privilege, Kelly said. “If you look at the statistics, Bill, they’re alarming.”

    Kelly continued:

    Black unemployment rate in Ferguson is three times the white unemployment rate. Black men between the ages of 16 and 24 have an almost 50 percent unemployment rate; for whites, it’s 16 percent. In the United States, a black child is almost four times as likely to live in a poor neighborhood as a white child is. Twenty percent of white kids are in single-parent homes, 52 percent of black kids are. The incarceration rate is six times higher for blacks than it is for whites. There’s segregated housing in Ferguson, there are underperforming schools, [and] both of those correlate strongly with low prospects in life; and this area, St. Louis, has a noticeable disadvantaged situation when it comes to folks who are born poor getting out of poverty over the course of their life.​

    Now, of course, this being Fox, Kelly’s explication of the profound socioeconomic disadvantages of being a person of color in Ferguson was accompanied with video of a young, shirtless African-American man with an obscured face (and without images of Ferguson’s militarized police force).

    Further, Kelly’s monologue wasn’t exactly on the topic of white privilege — a theory that extends far beyond simple statistics and takes into account the social norms of American society, too.

    But beggars can’t be choosers, and as Bill O’Reilly swiftly reminded viewers in his response (the same-old “culture” canard he’s been spouting for more than a decade) Fox News is very much an impoverished land when it comes to racial consciousness.

    So, all things being equal, it’s hard not to commend Kelly for her performance. It was a pleasant surprise.

    Elias Isquith
    #34     Aug 26, 2014
  5. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    #35     Aug 26, 2014
  6. So if a white person makes a series of poor choices in life and their kids end up living in a poor neighborhood and not doing well in school or getting a good job, it's their fault. If blacks make bad choices, allow their kids to run wild, etc it's...white privilege that's keeping them down. Interesting.
    #36     Aug 26, 2014
  7. #37     Aug 26, 2014
  8. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    That guy should have known better to start an argument (or participate in one) in a place where he was outnumbered. I'm certainly not condoning the behavior of the 20 animals that attacked him, but he didn't exactly exercise intellectual strategy in his decision to show up, ignoring warnings and then verbally agitate, all while being outnumbered 10 to 1.
    #38     Aug 26, 2014
  9. dbphoenix


    #39     Aug 26, 2014
  10. Interesting responses. So two white guys were "stupid" to use a public accommodation? And how do you know the white guy started the argument or what he said?

    I wonder if we would be saying that about some blacks if they had been attacked and beaten senseless by a white mob.

    Actually, we don't need to speculate. We know if the races were reversed, half the Justice Department and every race hustler in the country would be booking first class flights from Ferguson to Mississippi.
    #40     Aug 26, 2014