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Thursday, May 8, 2014

White Nationalism And White Privilege Continues To Blanket The US



"Being pro white doesn't mean you have to be anti nonwhite."

A comment I received a few months back in response to a piece in which I took exception and leveled criticism at America's growing exhibition of white nationalism. I sought to keep the last sentence somewhat respectful. A major part of my brain and psyche, wanted to label the neo-white movement in the United States exactly as it exists: racism, from latent to overt oppression and unparalleled privilege of the nation's white majority (un-shared by people who occupy minority groups).  The person who left the comment on this site should recognize that GOP voter suppression is factually a deep form of oppression.

The comment is revealing in many ways. Obviously the writer has succumbed to right-wing media and Republican politicking.  It reads as if the writer is seriously concerned about her/his loss of standing in our increasingly diverse society. Despite the fact ,whites comprise 72% to 75% of the US population, competent propagandist have convinced millions their lives and livelihood is in peril.   "Pro-white," the writer keyboarded in response to a piece delineating a pending Washington DC march called the "White Man's March."  

A civil action with an underlying impetus in protest against a phantom world in which white people are being oppressed, denied jobs based in race, denied access to universal privilege, denied housing based in race, and of course, the writer must feel she/he cannot drive in certain areas without be harassed by local police ("driving while white.")


I am certain the writer may feel a sea-change in America with clear evidence of the of a reverse Fabric of Oppression. 


Oppression of whites simply does not manifest from the nation's minority groups (particularly Women, African-Americans and Latinos). Yes, women are factually not treated as equals in the United States, despite slightly superior numbers over men. Obviously the writer of the opening comment feels the Fabric is turning upside down. The writer also has no understanding of empirical studies that led or leads to illustration such as the Cycle of Oppression (posted below).  As you pursue the graphic, think for a moment if you have ever actually witnessed overwhelming and stifling oppression of a white man. Think beyond simple mistreatment in the workplace because as the white male approaches age 40, he also becomes a potential victim of workplace discrimination (unless the person has tapped into that lofty executive fast-track).

Cycle of Oppression


Our comment writer has worked into a personal mindset that completely ignores fact based data and experiential study, while allowing  becoming consumed with a metastasized form of white nationalism. 

We know the "White Man's March" fizzled into nothingness. But, I wonder why people will spend inordinate amounts of time "chasing the dragon" with Fox News and absorbing GOP race-baiting as if soaking up sun across the Great State of Arizona. When people occupy themselves absorbing fear mongering about hordes of people of color taking over their world, they become indifferent to facts. Facts such as study data published by a Wharton's Katherine Milkman. 

The study is a very basic exploration of tendencies-professors from a study group of professors who are members of the white majority and students with non-white sounding or reading names.
According to a segment produced by NPR, researchers led by the Wharton School's Katherine Milkman emailed 6,500 professors from 89 disciplines at the top 259 schools, pretending to be students. These emails replicated the same message; the only variable was the sender's name — for example, "Brad Anderson, Meredith Roberts, Lamar Washington, LaToya Brown, Juanita Martinez, Deepak Patel, Sonali Desai, Chang Wong, Mei Chen" — deliberately crafted in order to test the racial and gender bias in professor response.  
The type of student who garnered the most responses? The white male. As Milkman told NPR, professors "ignored requests from women and minorities at a higher rate than requests from white males. ... We see a 25-percentage-point gap in the response rate to Caucasian males versus women and minorities."


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Wharton Study Shows the Shocking Result When Women and Minorities Email Their Professors
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If you're a woman or minority student looking for a mentor, don't hold your breath.

New research has found that university professors exhibit a bias in favor of their white male students, information that, while perhaps not unexpected, is seriously bad news for the nation's aspiring academics. 

According to a segment produced by NPR, researchers led by the Wharton School's Katherine Milkman emailed 6,500 professors from 89 disciplines at the top 259 schools, pretending to be students. These emails replicated the same message; the only variable was the sender's name — for example, "Brad Anderson, Meredith Roberts, Lamar Washington, LaToya Brown, Juanita Martinez, Deepak Patel, Sonali Desai, Chang Wong, Mei Chen" — deliberately crafted in order to test the racial and gender bias in professor response. 

The type of student who garnered the most responses? The white male. As Milkman told NPR, professors "ignored requests from women and minorities at a higher rate than requests from white males. ... We see a 25-percentage-point gap in the response rate to Caucasian males versus women and minorities."

"All they were measuring was how often professors wrote back agreeing to meet with the students," notes NPR's Shankar Vedantam. "And what they found was there were very large disparities. Women and minorities [were] systematically less likely to get responses from the professors, and also less likely to get positive responses from the professors."

Faculty at private universities, business schools and those in "lucrative" (read: non-humanities) fields were more likely to discriminate than those at public schools or those who work in the humanities. 

Racial bias was most evident against Asian students, which surprised researchers, who assumed the stereotype of "Asians as a model minority group" would be reflected in faculty response. The assumption, as well as the final data, reveal how both Southeast Asians and East Asians collectively remain the silent minority whose mythic "model minority" status conceals their lived discrimination in American culture.

This research illustrates how white men continue to be recipients of academic privilege, despite all the "post-racial" angst and paranoia directed at legally institutionalized methods of redressing gender and racial inequities, from Title IX to affirmative action.

Fear that men are losing their academic edge is illogically deduced from the growing achievements of women in the classroom. Yet, as the U.S. Department of Education reported at the beginning of the year, there remains a substantial achievement gap between whites and racial minorities at the K-12 level, which arguably translates into a disparity in success at the college level. This disparity was proven by a report released in February, called "Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community College," which observed that black and Latino men enter college with the most motivation but achieve the least success. 

"Although black and Latino male students enter community colleges with higher aspirations than those of their white peers, white men are six times as likely to graduate in three years with a certificate or degree," the report's authors noted. "Black men are the most engaged in tutoring and orientation sessions but report the least success. Latinos are in between, and white men report the lowest levels of engagement at almost every level but the most success."

Scholars behind this research attribute the difference to minorities entering college with "weaker academic skills," which, they contend, can be countered by "building strong personal connections on the campus." Unfortunately, as Milkman's new study suggests, they are not even receiving this type of institutional support.

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Dr. Marcie Bianco is a columnist and contributing writer at AfterEllen and Lambda Literary, as well as an adjunct associate professor at John Jay College at Hunter College. She has also contributed to Curve Magazine, Feministing, The Feminist Wire, ...


Alas, the comment writer should relish in the fact millions agree with her/his comment. Sadly, The person who left the comment has speaking allies. Recently, a freshman (mind you, straight from high school) posted a piece on a university conservative blog that echoes the same sentiment. As to be expected the Princeton student provided an intellectual slant to what can described as "white nationalism." Unfortunately, people like the young inexperienced student of privilege, his psyche and ideology lends itself to manipulation by a political party and uber wealthy oligarchs. He opens-up and influences people who will become victims of far-right ideology and governance that has proven detrimental to all Americans.


I don't understand the genesis of the Princeton student's treatise. I certainly understand, the very existence of his writing speak volumes about growing 'white nationalism,' and the even more vile racism increasingly manifest in the United States.



"Being pro white doesn't mean you have to be anti nonwhite."



Of course, not poster who left the comment. However, the need for a majority race at the 75% level with denizens who find the need to reachout for special consideration (attention) supposedly in response to perception of growing privilege for non-whites and changing national demographics, is seriously suspect.

We can rest assured there were people in Germany in the mid-1930s who grew to the same level of nationalism; they witnessed nationalism that eventually became genocide. As I re-read all that proceeded here, I wonder if my anonymous poster would understand the intricacies and dynamics of the Wharton School study. 


Of course, no need to apologize young student. You have not perpetrated any form of bias or bigotry, I suppose.  However, you place yourself on a pedestal to which millions cannot even seek to compare, lest know join you.

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