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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Being White Is Awesome! (If You Love White Privilege)

Being White Is Awesome And New Study Proves It

Talk to a white person about White Privilege and they tend to respond with this:

And it’s not just conservatives who refuse to believe White Privilege is real, a lot of white liberals choke on the premise as well. Apparently, no one likes to hear that the color of their skin makes life easier for them. But not wanting to believe something doesn’t change the fact that it is true.

To see if white people are given preference (privilege) over nonwhites, two researchers in Australia conducted a simple experiment: They had 29 testers of various ages and ethnic backgrounds try to use an empty bus fare card to see if the driver would let them slide.

With more than 1,500 observations, the study uncovered substantial, statistically significant race discrimination. Bus drivers were twice as willing to let white testers ride free as black testers (72 percent versus 36 percent of the time). Bus drivers showed some relative favoritism toward testers who shared their own race, but even black drivers still favored white testers over black testers (allowing free rides 83 percent versus 68 percent of the time).
The study also found that racial disparities persisted when the testers wore business attire or dressed in army uniforms. For example, testers wearing army uniforms were allowed to ride free 97 percent of the time if they were white, but only 77 percent of the time if they were black.
So for the simple fact of the color of their skin, white people get a significant advantage over nonwhite people. That is the absolute bottom line definition of White Privilege.

And it doesn't even matter what angle you look at it from. Are white people getting more free rides than average or are minorities getting less? The end result is the same: Being white gets you advantages you did not earn in any way at all.

Right about now, the usual suspects (white men) are whining that they don’t have it any easier because they’re white. They’re still struggling blablabla. Go read this explanation of why you’re wrong and come back with a greater understanding of how much easier you have it.

This kind of systemic racism is not necessarily coordinated or even conscious. I can almost guarantee that most, if not all, of the bus drivers would deny being racist. Yet, they clearly are even if it’s not malicious and intentional.

For me, the most important part of this study, as far as proving White Privilege is real, is the following: “but even black drivers still favored white testers over black testers (allowing free rides 83 percent versus 68 percent of the time).” This is a vitally important point if you ever want to understand White Privilege. White Privilege is not simply white people discriminating against blacks or treating white people better, it’s a cultural norm in which white people are treated as superior even by minorities.
Back in the late 90s, I was a white as white can be assistant manager at Electronics Boutique and my manager, Stephen, was black. Stephen was a metrosexual before the term existed. He was just as tall as me, immaculately well dressed (shirt, tie, slacks and nice shoes), in much better shape, had a sharp hair cut, noticeably older (but only by a few years) and good looking. In comparison, I was quite slovenly (don’t judge me!). If I had been black, no one would have even glanced at me as the walked straight up to the man who was clearly the manager. Yet, every new customer, black, white, Asian, Latino, male, female automatically assumed I was in charge simply because I was white.

Even worse, there were a great many times when I would point out that Stephen was in charge and the customer would get this guilty look on their face. They knew why they had assumed I was the manager and it never occurred to them what they were doing until it was made blindingly obvious. I imagine the bus drivers would have the exact same look on their face if they were confronted with their behavior.

As the bus driver study shows, White Privilege is very real and can be unbelievably subtle. The only way we’ll ever get rid of it is if we stop pretending it doesn’t exist. The people who complain that we’re making race relations worse by talking about racism have it exactly backwards. Covering it up only allows it fester. The more open we are about what we are doing, the fewer shadows racism, unconscious or other wise, will have to hide in.

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