3.2 Don't Whites Owe Blacks Because of White Privilege?

Privilege means an advantage that a person or group has that other people don't have.  The idea of white privilege is that whites have special advantages compared to black people.  Oprah Winfrey is one of many black people who complain about white privilege.  She was the host of the very successful Oprah Winfrey Talk Show on TV which ran for 25 years.  she was the richest African American of the 20th century and North America's first black multi-billionaire  She is richer than the majority of white people.  Yet she still complains about white privilege in the video below.




Here are stories of some white people who weren't as privileged as Oprah Winfrey.  Here is Dana Loesch's story.



David Morrison speaks about his white privilege below:



All of us, black and white, are very privileged to live in the United States.

Many people believe the opposite of white privilege is true and that blacks have privileges over whites.  Here is what Benjamin Rozier, the mayor of Bloomingdale Georgia had to say about this: 

"Privilege is wearing $200 sneakers when you've never had a job....Privilege is wearing $300 Beats headphones while living on public assistance."  Public assistance means the government gives you money to help you pay for your expenses.

Rozier, continued, "Privilege is having as many children as you want, regardless of your employment status, and be able to send them off to daycare or school you donít pay for."

Benjamin's last statement reminds me of a friend I had in New York City who had one child and couldn't afford to support any more children even though he wanted a sibling (brother or sister) for his child.  My friend complained that he saw single black mothers on buses with lots of children who were paid with his tax money for each child they have.   My friend told me he saw these  single mothers being mean to their children.  I pointed out that if a mother had a child for money and not for love then she probably would not be a loving mother who cares about her children.   If a mother doesn't care about her children she won't push their children to study hard in school.  If she gets money from the government she doesn't need to stay married to a man who provides for her.  In fact the government gives more money to single mothers than to married ones so she might be worse off if she stays married.  If she doesn't get married there is no father around to encourage her children to study.  Children who don't have a father are more likely to join gangs.  The gang leader doesn't care how they perform in school all he cares about is how many drugs they sell and how much money they bring in.  Then when the black children don't perform as well as white children in school many teachers say it's because of racist white people.

Buddy Brown a country singer, talks about white privilege in the video below.



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