In order to understand this tidbit, please review Dr Joy DeGruy’s video, it’s only 3.48 seconds. To define WP, Dr DeGruy offers her experience at a grocery store with her young child, and her sister-in-law, who is bi-racial, but looks White. In short, the White check-out attendant allowed Dr DeGruy’s sister-in-law to easily pass through the check-out line because she looked White, but gave Dr DeGruy all kinds of trouble, by asking for several kinds of ID to verify her check, because she was Black--all the while not knowing Dr DeGruy’s sister-in-law, who passed through line before her, was Black! Dr DeGruy says not only did her daughter notice the different treatment, but so did other Whites behind her in the check-out line.
This personal example reveals two inherent problems with WP.
1.Absolute Authoritarianism. If this situation were exactly reversed, would a Black check-out attendant be accused of Black Privilege? NO! Why? Because---according to liberalism, Blacks cannot have privilege! Why? Ironically…because of WP! Once WP is in place…no other privilege…especially Black privilege, can exist beside it!
Here is my point, as long as WP exists, even though the rich have privilege, the Black rich cannot have privilege! As long as WP exists, even though those with high IQ’s have privilege, Blacks with high IQ’s cannot have privilege! As long as WP exists, even though great musicians and singers would normally have privilege, Black great musicians and singers, cannot have privilege! As long as WP exists, even though Americans have privilege, Black Americans cannot have privilege!!! Why? The sovereignty of WP declares Blacks are oppressed, regardless of how rich, or what status in life they achieve; and Whites are oppressors, regardless of how poor, or little in life they experience!
Oprah Winfrey offers the proof: “There are white people who are not as powerful as the system of white people – the caste system that's been put in place – but they still, no matter where they are on the rung, or the ladder of success, they still have their whiteness." "Whites have a leg up. You still have your whiteness. That's what the term 'white privilege' is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter. It is the fundamental issue."
In other words, Oprah, who is a billionaire, is still on a lower rung of the ladder than Appalachian Whites...who have a "leg-up"! Why? Oprah answers succinctly, "You still have your Whiteness!"
WP trumps all! It allows 'NO' co-equal!!!! It takes 'NO' prisoners!!!
2.No Remedy. In theory, White Privilege is supposed to be evil. So, when we apply the “evil” connotation to Dr DeGruy’s experience, we would have to conclude that the White grocery check-out attendant behaved in a racist manner, right?!?! In other words, was the White check-out attendant wrong for treating Dr DeGruy differently, who is Black, from her sister-in-law who looks White? The only answer is a resounding YES!!! Of course!!! Absolutely!! But…if that White check-out attendant discriminated against Dr DeGruy, the attendant ought to apologize for her wrong behavior. In other words, if Person 1 offends Person 2, Person 1 ought to offer an apology to Person 2 to restore their relationship! Isn’t that right? Absolutely!
I see two problems. First, some WP advocates say WP is not wrong! They argue, it’s just privilege, and lots of people have privilege! For example, the rich have privilege; Americans have privilege; the intelligent have privilege—its’ all just privilege! So, because privilege exists, it can’t be wrong! Therefore, WP is not wrong, it just is!
On the contrary however, WP advocates also have the leeway to take the exact opposite position*, declaring WP is wrong and should be acknowledged. They shout, “Acknowledge your WP!” intending to convey that WP is wrong. But if it is wrong and should be acknowledged, why is it that when a White person acknowledges his/her “White Privilege”…nothing happens!!! (See Tidbit 1).
In other words, if Person 1 apologizes to Person 2 for a wrong done, then Person 2 ought to forgive that wrong done. Therefore, if the White check-out attendant apologizes to Dr DeGruy, her daughter, her sister-in-law, and the other witnesses for her bad behavior, she ought to be forgiven; and try to do better next time, isn’t that right?! YES!! Of Course!! Absolutely!
Here is the problem. There is no remedy for WP! In other words, if the White check-out attendant apologized for her bad behavior, and Dr DeGruy forgave her, then the WP ought to be healed!! Right? YES!! Of Course!! Absolutely! However, if Dr DeGruy actually forgave the White grocery store check-out attendant’s bad behavior, their relationship would be restored, because forgiveness is designed to remove the pain of an offense, and restore broken relationships! But…if WP can be healed, it would no longer exist! The problem is that WP advocates cannot have a WP that can be healed! They need a WP that exists forever!!! Why? Because it is ‘THE’ ingredient of victimology!!! In other words, if there is no victim of WP, there is no WP! Therefore, WP needs victimology, for without victimology, there is no basis for coercing the power and money they ultimately seek!!
Lastly, because WP was created to have no remedy, it requires a driving component that has no remedy…and what is that? Whiteness!!!!! First, remember, WP requires Whiteness…which is why it is called WP! Second, because a White person can never change his Whiteness, and WP requires a driving component that cannot change, Whiteness is the perfect choice. With ‘Whiteness’ as its unchanging component, WP is assured of continuing forever!!!
* Remember, WP is relative! Therefore, by rejecting the Law of Non-contradiction, WP can simultaneously exist as both A and non-A!
Don't borrow someone else's plan. Develop your own philosophy and it will lead you to unique places. -Jim Rohn
. Understanding often begins with definition. This tidbit includes definitions and therefore may be abit tedious, but please take careful note that this topic requires greater concentration. We can never understand “White Privilege” without the understanding the definitions of those who invented it!! I repeat, WP cannot be understood by attempting to impose a Christian definition on a word created by non-Christians. We must use their thinking on their word! Let’s begin with a few basic definitions:
1.a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed by a particular person or a restricted group of people beyond the advantages of most:the privileges of the very rich.
-the unearned and mostly unacknowledged societal advantage that a restricted group of people has over another group:white privilege based on skin color; male privilege; children of privilege.
2.White privilege, or white skin privilege, is the societal privilege that benefits white people over non-white people in some societies, particularly if they are otherwise under the same social, political, or economic circumstances. With roots in European Colonialism and imperialism, and the Atlantic slave trade, white privilege has developed in circumstances that have broadly sought to protect white racial privileges, various national citizenships and other rights or special benefits. -Wikipedia
3.White Skin privilege is not something that White people necessarily do, create, or enjoy on purpose. Unlike the more overt and institutional manifestations of racism, white skin privilege is a transparent preference for whiteness that saturates our society. White skin privilege serves several functions: first it provides White people with perks, that we do not earn, and people of color do not enjoy. Second, it creates real advantages for us white people are immune to a lot of challenges. While privilege shapes the world in which we live, the way we navigate with one another and with the world. -Southern Poverty Law Center
Or, how about Peggy McIntosh’s 26-point list, who many credit as the discoverer of WP, to help ‘us’ identify, i.e.define, i.e.recognize WP:
1. I can, if I wish, arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time. 2. If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area, which I can afford and in which I would want to live. 3. I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me. 4. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed. 5. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented. 6. When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is. 7. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race. 8. If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on white privilege. 9. I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the staple foods which fit with my cultural traditions, into a hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can cut my hair. 10. Whether I use checks, credit cards or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of my financial reliability. 11. I can arrange to protect my children most of the time from people who might not like them. 12. I can swear, or dress in second hand clothes, or not answer letters, without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the poverty, or the illiteracy of my race. 13. I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial. 14. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race. 15. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group. 16. I can remain oblivious of the language and customs of persons of color who constitute the world’s majority without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion. 17. I can criticize our government and talk about how much I fear its policies and behavior without being seen as a cultural outsider. 18. I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to “the person in charge,” I will be facing a person of my race. 19. If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race. 20. I can easily buy posters, post-cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys, and children’s magazines featuring people of my race. 21. I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong to feeling somewhat tied in, rather than isolated, out-of-place, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance, or feared. 22. I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without having coworkers on the job suspect that I got it because of race. 23. I can choose public accommodation without fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated in the place I have chosen. 24. I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help my race will not work against me. 25. If my day, week or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it has racial overtones. 26. I can choose blemish cover or bandages in “flesh” color and have them more or less match my skin.
Or, how about reviewing some of the more famous and popular promoters of White Privilege:
-Tim Wise. Here.
-Dr Joy DeGruy. Here.
-Or even Blind people on racism. Here.
Here is my point, Youtube offers what is probably thousands of people advocating for WP. What is most interesting are their differing definitions! The common thread running through the multitudinous explanations* are personal experiences! In other words, WP is defined by people’s personal experience. But why is that? Because WP requires relativism! In other words, it’s completely subjective!
For example, let’s examine a couple of Dr McIntosh’s list items: “11.I can arrange to protect my children most of the time from people who might not like them.” Look at the language used: “most of the time” or “might not like them”. This verbiage is subjective! Can Dr McIntosh honestly believe that Blacks can’t protect their children: “most of the time”? If it is true that Blacks can protect their children, “most of the time”, how then can this be an example of WP? On the contrary, if Blacks, like Whites, can protect their children “most of the time”, do Blacks also have WP?
Or, what about: “5.I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.” This is totally subjective! Can anyone possibly believe that no Black, Brown, Yellow, or Red person can turn on the t.v. and see their own race?!?!! Really?!?! In my opinion, I’m not even sure why someone would be looking for their own race when turning on the t.v.!!!! But…if you’re Black, and want to find your race, has Dr McIntosh never heard of the BET network? Are there no Hispanic speaking tv stations? Really??!!?!?
The ‘Golden Tongue’ of WP, Tim Wise once declared, “For those who still cannot grasp White Privilege…perhaps this list will help. WP is when you can get pregnant at 17, like Bristol Palin, and everyone is quick to insist that your life, and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents cause every family has challenges even as Black and Latino families have similar challenges and are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological, and arbiters of social decay.”
Obviously, Mr Wise dislikes Sarah Palin, so…he uses his personal opinion to explain her WP— and then turns to include America in his criticism of her! Really?!?!? In other words, according to Mr Wise, any human being--White, Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, or polka-dotted--can dislike any White person for any reason, and then turn it into an example of WP?
I challenge you to simply go to Youtube and type in the search engine: ‘White Privilege’, and begin to listen…you will hear a ‘ga-zillion’ personal experiences and definitions of WP! In other words, if every time a White person has an experience—good or bad**--and it is defined as WP, then WP has no definition!!!!
*The fact that WP requires so much explanation speaks volumes!! If WP is so obvious, why do I need hundreds and even thousands of people to explain it?
**When Bristol Palin got pregnant out of wedlock, I’m sure that was not a positive experience for Sarah and her husband. But…according to Tim Wise, even negative experiences for White people are WP!
"The worst day in a man's life is when he sits down and begins thinking about how he can get something for nothing." --Thomas Jefferson
Because of man’s wickedness, in the last days, one way God will pour-out His wrath is to send a strong delusion, that men might believe a lie(2Thes2:11). Tragically, all over the culture, not only are sinners affected, but even many Christians are unable to discern right from wrong, or good from evil. One contemporary example of God’s strong delusion is White Privilege.
How do I determine WP is a delusion? In this third tidbit, I want to show that God gave Israel an elaborate and complex system to handle the issue of human sin. For example, in the Old Testament, there were literally thousands of priests whose sole responsibility was to handle the many sacrifices necessary to secure forgiveness of sin for the Jewish people. In addition, God commanded Israel to celebrate several feasts, such as Passover, Feast of Weeks, Feast of Trumpets, etc.; which required Israel to return to Jerusalem several times during a calendar year, along with the sacrifice of animals or birds for the remission of sins.
Furthermore, in the New Testament, the Bible identifies Jesus as the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world (Jn1:29). This truth is supported by other passages like Matthew 27:51, which describes the curtain in Holy of Holies torn in half due to the death of Jesus, which was a sign teaching that the Jew could come into God’s presence without a human priest.
What does all this have to do with White Privilege? Everything!!! First, you must understand that Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy(Jn10:10) therefore, categorized under the word ‘steal’ is mimicry; to mimic is an attempt to steal. But, to steal what? The answer is: the weight, or the seriousness of something; in this case to steal the reverence for God’s word! In other words, as a method of creating deception, Satan introduces false doctrines (1Tim4:1) that actually mimic God’s word creating a trivialization, which ultimately ends in people rejecting God’s word as unimportant.
For example, if we examine the temptation of Jesus(Matt4:1-10), in the first of Satan’s temptation, Jesus resisted by using the Word of God: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone”. However, in the second temptation, Satan responded by copying Jesus tactic of using the
Word of God: “…it is written, He will command his angels concerning you…”. Was Satan serious? How can the Word of God be used to deceive the very One Who exists as the Word of God (Jn1:14)!?!? Therefore, Satan was not trying to deceive Jesus in the second temptation, he was mimicking Jesus’ use of the Word of God in the previous temptation. In other words, Satan was mocking Jesus!
If you remember, Satan’s second temptation was, “If you be the Son of God…? In the first temptation, after a 40 day fast, Jesus was literally hungry, therefore to turn the rocks into bread to eat, could have been a serious urge! On the other hand, in Satan’s second temptation, do you
really think, Jesus was ever confused about His Sonship…either before or after Satan’s words?
Of course not! Therefore, Satan could not have been attempting to deceive Jesus! On the contrary, Satan was mocking Jesus, by mimicking Him—in order to get Him to trivialize the Word of God! To trivialize the word of God, always ends in rejecting His word!
This is exactly the error of WP--it seeks to trivialize God’s word in the area of repentance, forgiveness, and reverence, which ultimately ends attacking the very cross of Christ! As I pointed-out in the first tidbit of this series, the people who espouse WP demand that Whites repent of their WP to both Whites and Blacks.* Yet, because repentance is part of God’s system to deliver mankind from sin, the demand to repent/acknowledge/confess WP, pits-it directly against God’s system of repentance and forgiveness of sin. Let’s take a quick look, and literally compare the two systems of repentance and forgiveness against one another:
1.To whom do you confess WP? or to Whom do Christians confess their sin?
White privilege Christianity
Humans: Blacks & Whites God
2.Who defines WP? or Who defines sin/evil?
White privilege Christianity
Humans: Blacks & Whites God
3.Who forgives WP? or Who forgives sin?
White privilege Christianity
Humans: Blacks & Whites God
*If you contend, ‘repentance is not really required in WP, the people who do so, don’t know what they’re doing!’ Yet, if it is true, they don’t know what they’re doing when they repent/confess/acknowledge their White privilege, I have three questions:
i.Why then is WP considered wrong?
ii.Yet, if it is not wrong, why do people feel the need to acknowledge/confess it, i.e.repent? iii.Furthermore, if WP is literally not wrong, and no repentance is necessary, then why make any issue of WP…at all? In other words, if one can do nothing about WP, why even mention it?
The most important question to ask on the job is not "What am I getting?" The most important question to ask on the job is "What am I becoming?" -Jim Rohn