Response to Character as the Basis of Privilege post

Take a good long hard look at racial profiling -- aka government sanctioned harassment of citizens.  Remember that racial profiling has existed since slavery and has only expanded to other races in recent years.  Also, it was against the law for a Black person to pass as White to escape the injustices committed against them (which some people tried to do).

Take the time to review separate but equal and come to the same conclusion the supreme court came to, separate is not necessarily equal.  

Look at education in the United States.  Remember that it was against the law to educated slaves, and understand that after slavery, there were some that were still opposed to educating Blacks.  While I am not familiar with how it works now, even through the 1990s, many Black schools still received the cast-off books of White schools for its students.

I would like to ask the young man how he feels when he goes in a store to buy anything and the security guard begins to follow him around because he is White or Jewish?  If his answer is that it doesn’t happen to him, then he must realize it is the result of his privilege, not his character.

I would like to ask the young man how many times per month do the police stop him for DWW (driving while white) or DWJ (driving while Jewish) and how he feels when they point their gun in his face and search his car?  If his answer is that it doesn’t happen to him, then he must realize it is the result of his privilege, not his character.

I would like to ask the young man how many times in his entire life a stranger has put their hands in his hair without his permission?  If his answer is that it doesn’t happen to him or once or twice when he was a child, then he must realize it is the result of his privilege, not his character.

I would like to ask the young man how many people have told him he was attractive to be White or Jewish?  If his answer is that it doesn’t happen to him, then he must realize it is the result of his privilege, not his character.

I would like to ask the young man how well supplied his school was prior to Princeton?  If his answer is that it was well supplied and had all he needed for an education, then he must realize it is the result of his privilege, not his character.

I would like to ask the young man how many people have ever rudely (out loud) mused about his use of food stamps/link and suggested he get a job because he was White or Jewish, even though that person was using link and he was not?  Or complained about the car he drives?  If his answer is that it doesn’t happen to him, then he must realize it is the result of his privilege, not his character. 

He proudly spewed off the trials of his family members due to the holocaust, but failed to realize that until recent years, people affected directly by slavery were still alive.  My great-grandmother who was born in 1886 lived until about 1988.  She knew people affected by slavery and so did my grandmother and mother.  Was it something we talked about?  No.    My point is that Jews are not the only people to have horribly suffered and unlike Blacks, they had the world at their back protecting them, while Blacks still have challenges because of the color of their skin.

The young man claimed the trials of his relatives as his own, the average Black person has their own trials to claim in addition to their ancestors.  Also, what happens to a child reared by people tramatized all around them, people in dire need of therapy.

I realize this young man has a lot of growing up to do and like most late teens/early twenty-somethings, he hasn’t got a clue about what he’s saying.  The sad part is that even though I will leave the link for this at his post, I doubt he will have the courage to read, let alone understand what I have tried to relate in such a small piece.  On the outside chance I am wrong, I hope he will have the courage to study African American history, women’s history, Asian history, Native American history and Latino history.  Not just the repeated blurbs, but really take the time to study these other portions of U.S. history.  If he still feels his privilege is the basis of his character and not by virtue of his skin... well then.

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