A little background. Over the weekend MSNBC host Toure tweeted that the Jews were able to recover from the concentration camps in WWII because of White Privilege. (So did you want to trade with them?) There was quite naturally a twitter riot, and today (or at least I heard about it today) he made a sort of 3 tweet non-apology-apology. Because 140 characters can’t possibly be “nuanced” enough for this discussion.
Maybe that’s true, but I remember a Jewish guy who was allegedly pretty smart once said “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it.” Name was Einstein? Anyway, what this White Privilege really says is it’s nice to have rich parents, and then slaps race on it.
Now I would not trade my parents in for different ones, but it sure would have been nice if they were rich. I could have struggled through that. But that was not the case, and it seldom is. It’s pretty easy for ANYONE to hate obnoxious silver-spooned-idiots, but they now come in all colors. Whatever its original merit – White Privilege has now become nothing more than a smokescreen for racism on the left.
One of the things smoke is used for in the military is to hide – so you can do your business without the enemy having a specific target to shoot at. All they know is that you’re somewhere in the smoke, and best guess shooting doesn’t work very well.
One of the things my not rich parents taught me was a word – Sophistry. According to Google, it’s “The use of fallacious arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving.” Or according to me, a complicated argument to disguise your true motives or reasons for something you are doing. This is not new or rare – it’s older than history. Most people know it when they see it. White Privilege Is used that way by racists on the left, and most people of all colors know it for exactly the BS that it is. Most people care about your actions more than your excuse for them. For some things, there is no good enough reason. (Insert your own example here.)
As for reparations for crimes long past (An issue that came up yet again in the White Privilege twitter riot), In America there is no inherited guilt. The dead, like it or not, will either be judged by God, or by no one at all. There is nothing that we can do now without punishing the innocent. That we won’t do.