White privilege is real but it isn’t white.
Since a state senator in my area recently promised to remember the crimes of white privilege, I think I will take this opportunity to publicly agree with her. According to a local Fox station: “State Senator Chappelle-Nadal’s tweet on white privilege spurs uproar.”
A tweet by Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal has caused uproar on Twitter Sunday.
Senator Nadal posted on her Twitter account the following tweet: “LET ME BE CLEAR: When you exercise your #WhitePrivilege, don’t think I’m not going to remember. I will use it for the future. Uncomfortable?”
The tweet has caused a lot of discussion and outrage.
I’m not sure what is “clear” about that promise. Is she promising revenge? What does Nadal mean by “use it”? Why should I feel “uncomfortable”?
Whatever she means, I don’t understand why the word “white” appears in her expression.
You can read Chappelle-Nadal’s biography here. It doesn’t tell us everything but it plainly indicates that, when Chappelle-Nadal drives through the countryside to be part of the state government in Jefferson City, she has a bunch more privilege than the white residents of the trailer parks and the small towns that she drives by. Her privilege doesn’t bother me, but I don’t understand how she can refer to “white privilege” when she plainly has more of it than many whites in Missouri.
And what about President Barack Obama? He is not only more privileged than millions of White Americans (again, I’m not egalitarian, so this is fine), but much of his privilege came from what was bequeathed to him through a White family. So why doesn’t Obama have to be warned about exercising his White privilege? He obviously has it.
The bottom line is that there are poor and middle class white people all over the country who have far less privilege than their African American attackers. Furthermore, there are millions of blacks who are just as lacking in privilege compared to other African Americans (Chappelle-Nadal, Obama, Eric Holder, for instance) as those whites.
So why should black people worry about only one color of privileged people? Conservatives certainly don’t feel better about Hillary Clinton than they do about Barack Obama. Both are a threat because of their ideology and their privilege.
“White privilege” is another lie designed to alienate blacks and whites from one another, so that they don’t recognize that they have natural shared economic and political interests.