Sunday, July 23, 2017

White Privilege

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Editor of the University of Alabama’s campus paper Marissa Cornelius writes, “If you’re white, you’re probably racist,” in a recent op-ed.

“White people must examine their own racist attitudes. I don’t necessarily mean you say openly bigoted things or that you like spending your weekends defending Confederate monuments (though you might be that brand of racist, too),” Cornelius states. “I just mean that you probably have a lot of internalized racist beliefs that you most likely haven’t spent a lot of time unpacking.”

“You being racist might not be entirely your fault. We’re raised in a society that devalues people of color with pretty much every opportunity it gets. We’re raised in a country where black people could literally be owned as few as four or five generations ago, and where they were actively being denied the right to vote during many of our parents’ lifetimes,” she continues. “We’re exposed to media that has type-casted people of color into a very narrow range of characters and tropes.”

“The fact that, yes, you have racist beliefs and attitudes, and these might even sometimes be manifested into racist words or actions.”

Pointing towards Maher, she writes, “Like almost all of white America, wants to believe that he is post-racial. But by holding on to this belief, we engage in a dangerous sort of erasure of the racism that still plagues this country, extinguishing any chance we might have to address these issues and to attempt to fix them. When we pretend we are post-racial, we ensure that this will never be the case.”

“It’s time for us as white people to accept that racism is embedded in all of us. This isn’t to say that you should be any less embarrassed and ashamed of any of your racists words or actions, it is to say that you should stop reacting with so much disbelief, with so much ‘I don’t have a racist bone in my body!’ with so much ‘I would have voted for Obama for a third time if I could have!’ When all your energy is going into denying and defending, you will have none left to go into reflecting and revising.”

Although, Cornelius cites no evidence to back her claims, she is definitely able to provide us an insight on the very mixed thoughts in terms of racism that college students now are experiencing.

Cornelius, a white female even went on to say that Americans that are not white cannot be labelled as racist, “as racism requires power, which is held by and large by whites.”

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White Privilege
This is how all white people live right?

The University of Iowa is now training white students and faculty on how their skin color gives them the so-called “white privilege.”

“White privilege” is seen as the idea that just because you have a white skin color, you have things easy in life; in comparison to those with a darker skin color. Ben Shapiro was noted to discredit this idea in his speech at the University of Missouri, back in 2015. However, this theory has continued to influence several universities.

As indicated by College Fix, “Many universities continue to teach students — especially white students — that white privilege is a real and pressing problem that must be addressed to end racism.”

According to sources, the University of Iowa introduced a three day event titled as “Exploring White Identity for Effective Ally ship.”

The flier for the event read, “White identified people to discuss Whiteness and its privileges with other White people. This can be the first step to eliminating tokenism and increasing responsibility among allies to eliminate racism.”

This event was led by the university’s Chief Diversity Officer, Georgina Dodge and consisted of interactive exercises and a panel discussion.

The first day of the course focused on students, the second day on the entire community, whereas the third day was reserved for the faculty & the staff.

A copy of the campus’s document described the focus of the course. “White Identity is often left out of the ‘diversity’ conversation but is a crucial part of people and allyship. Creating a space where White-identified folks can discuss this, teach and learn from each other can address different challenges in eliminating racism,” indicated the document. “We are all part of the solution,” the document added, “and this opportunity to discuss the role of Whiteness in racial justice is an important one.”

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White Privilege

One of the leaders of the “white privilege” protests that have rocked the University of Missouri isn’t quite as oppressed as he claims.

Turns out that Jonathan Butler, the graduate student who went on a hunger strike to protest Mizzou’s “racist” policies—and inspired Missouri’s football players and coaches to join him—comes from a wealthy family.

A very wealthy family, in fact.

Butler’s father, Eric Butler, is the executive vice president for sales and marketing for the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha. He made about $8.4 million in total compensation last year—and his total net worth is upwards of $20 million.

Not a bad haul, when all those struggling, debt-ridden middle-class white college students are oppressing you.

Butler had vowed to refuse food until the president of the University of Missouri president, Timothy M. Wolfe, resigned. He got his wish earlier this week—and he has since ended his hunger strike.

Since then, Butler has declined interviews, but said he was “feeling better” now that he has some food in him.

The University of Missouri has been rocked by racially-based protests for nearly a month, ever since black students surrounded Wolfe’s car at the homecoming parade on October 10th.

Wolfe didn’t get out of the car to talk to them, which caused tensions to boil over. It hit fever pitch on Saturday, when black football players refused to play unless Wolfe resigned—which could have cost Mizzou up to $1 million per forfeited game.

Wolfe has since resigned his post, but the protests have continued to rage. Even professors have joined the fray, like Professor Melissa Click, a communications professor who asked for “some muscle” to beat up on a reporter who was taking unflattering pictures of the whining liberal students. She has since apologized, but refused to resign.

Another professor, Dale Brigham, has resigned after he refused to reschedule a test for a minority student who felt “unsafe” coming onto campus, because of white students. Brigham implored her to “not let the bullies win”—but the resulting firestorm was so intense that, like Wolfe, he’s been forced out of Mizzou.

Mizzou isn’t the only school buckling under the weight of race riots and politically correct melodrama. Yale University has also been the scene of protests, after a professor politely suggested a more nuanced debate about what Halloween costumes were appropriate.

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Liberals were excited when a poet named Yi-Fen Chou published a poem that got ranked as one of the best American poems of 2015–but now, they’re eating their words.

It turns out that Yi-Fen Chou isn’t the fawned-over Chinese-American liberals thought he was. As it turns out, Chou is just the pen name of a white man named Michael Derrick Hudson.

Hudson had submitted his poem, “The Bees, the Flowers, Jesus, Ancient Tigers, Poseidon, Adam and Eve,” more than 40 times under his own name–getting rejected every time.

But when he changed his name to something a bit more “diverse,” he soon found himself a published author–and ranked as one of the top poems of the year, even being included in the high-profile anthology, “The Best American Poetry, 2015.”

Authors have been publishing under fake names for years–but, with their current crusade of identity and so-called “white privilege,” the Left is going ballistic. They’re claiming that Hudson unfairly “misappropriated” Asian culture by picking his pen name, even though his poem was not about anything remotely Asian.

Hudson was aware of the criticism–but stood by his choice.

“There is a very short answer for my use of a nom de plume,” he said. “After a poem of mine has been rejected a multitude of times under my real name, I put Yi-Fen’s name on it and send it out again. As a strategy for ‘placing’ poems, this has been quite successful for me.”

Despite the controversy around Hudson’s selection, the anthology that ranked his poem as one of the best of the year is sticking by his poem–claiming that doing otherwise would delegitimize all of their adjudicating standards.

But the guest editor of the book, Sherman Alexie–who is part Native American–admitted the name Yi-Fen Chou got Hudson’s poem included, rather than any merit of the author himself. But he showed no remorse over that.

“Hey, guess what?” he said, unapologetically. “In paying more initial attention to Yi-Fen Chou’s poem, I was also practicing a form of nepotism. I am a brown-skinned poet who gave a better chance to another supposed brown-skinned poet because of our brownness.”

So much for “white privilege” and a post-racial society–if even the editor of a top poetry anthology is actually blatantly stating that he throws special favors to help get minority authors published.

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Give Michelle Obama credit where credit is due. While a number of prominent liberal politicians have used the recent race riots in Baltimore–a city with a black mayor, black city council, and a large number of black police officers–to bemoan so-called “white privilege,” Michelle struck a different tune.

In essence, she told the graduating class at historically-black Tuskegee University in Alabama they essentially had to stop complaining and get over it.

She starts by addressing that, in essence, there still is some discrimination in America today:

“Those nagging worries that you’re gonna get stopped or pulled over for absolutely no reason. The fear that your job application will be overlooked because of the way your name sounds. The agony of sending your kids to schools that may no longer be separate, but are far from equal. All of that, it’s gonna be a heavy burden to carry.”

But while these continue to be problems, she told them not to use this as an excuse for low expectations.

“I want to be very clear that those feelings are not an excuse to just throw up our hands and give up. They are not an excuse to lose hope. To succumb to feelings of despair and anger only means that in the end, we lose.”

Of course, Michelle Obama’s husband has presided over a yawning wealth gap when it comes to blacks vs. whites–hindered by the record number of blacks not in the work force, and a record number of blacks on welfare.

Michelle’s sentiment is right: there’s still some discrimination in this country, but burning down Baltimore isn’t going to fix anything. The next generation of black leaders are going to have to just work hard and not excuse poverty and the breakdown of the black family, but rise above it.

It remains to be seen if liberals will put their money where their mouth is–or whether they’ll continue to talk shallowly about “white privilege” as they continue to give hand-outs, rather than a leg up, to the African-American community.


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