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This is Your Nation on White Privilege

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White privilege is being able to dump your first wife after she's disfigured in a car crash so you can take up with a multi-millionaire beauty queen (who you go on to call the c-word in public) and still be thought of as a man of strong family values, while if you're black and married for nearly twenty years to the same woman, your family is viewed as un-American and your gestures of affection for each other are called "terrorist fist bumps."

White privilege is when you can develop a pain-killer addiction, having obtained your drug of choice illegally like Cindy McCain, go on to beat that addiction, and everyone praises you for being so strong, while being a black guy who smoked pot a few times in college and never became an addict means people will wonder if perhaps you still get high, and even ask whether or not you ever sold drugs.

White privilege is being able to sing a song about bombing Iran and still be viewed as a sober and rational statesman, with the maturity to be president, while being black and suggesting that the U.S. should speak with other nations, even when we have disagreements with them, makes you "dangerously naive and immature."

White privilege is being able to say that you hate "gooks" and "will always hate them," and yet, you aren't a racist because, ya know, you were a POW so you're entitled to your hatred, while being black and insisting that black anger about racism is understandable, given the history of your country, makes you a dangerous bigot.

White privilege is being able to claim your experience as a POW has anything at all to do with your fitness for president, while being black and experiencing racism and an absent father is apparently among the "lesser adversities" faced by other politicians, as Sarah Palin explained in her convention speech.

And finally, white privilege is the only thing that could possibly allow someone to become president when he has voted with George W. Bush 90 percent of the time, even as unemployment is skyrocketing, people are losing their homes, inflation is rising, and the U.S. is increasingly isolated from world opinion, just because a lot of white voters aren’t sure about that whole “change” thing. Ya know, it’s just too vague and ill-defined, unlike, say, four more years of the same, which is very concrete and certain.
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White privilege is, in short, the problem.

Tim Wise writes for Soft Skull Press

First posted on ZMag


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White privilege is what all white people just from... by Nfamous on Tuesday, Sep 16, 2008 at 5:11:00 PM
This should be read in schools. I  feel like ... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Sep 16, 2008 at 6:22:21 PM
I'm tempted to use it in the classroom (I teac... by Mikhail Lyubansky on Wednesday, Sep 17, 2008 at 6:11:12 PM
http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_mark_sas_0... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 10:19:23 AM
Racist drivel like this is a turnoff and not helpf... by pft on Tuesday, Sep 16, 2008 at 8:31:36 PM
This is not drivel nor racist. White privilege exi... by JC Garrett on Wednesday, Sep 17, 2008 at 2:36:24 AM
The existance of white privilege does not mean tha... by Leep on Thursday, Sep 18, 2008 at 11:10:59 AM
This was written by Rev Jer Wright.  If there... by Mad Jayhawk on Wednesday, Sep 17, 2008 at 2:28:19 AM
Comment from Ratings:   It is becoming m... by Mad Jayhawk on Wednesday, Sep 17, 2008 at 2:41:59 AM
Comment from Ratings:   The cold hard tr... by Michael Green on Wednesday, Sep 17, 2008 at 5:02:35 AM
A person describes what we've seen happening befor... by Hargrove on Wednesday, Sep 17, 2008 at 7:42:28 AM
 How you are all hung up on the word 'rac... by Siv O'Neall on Wednesday, Sep 17, 2008 at 10:56:51 AM
Noticing race is not racism.  It is not even ... by Mikhail Lyubansky on Wednesday, Sep 17, 2008 at 6:00:40 PM
Thank you Professor Lyubansky.That is exactly the ... by JC Garrett on Wednesday, Sep 17, 2008 at 8:29:14 PM
Thanks for the link, I have bookmarked it under wo... by abuelitaromo on Thursday, Sep 18, 2008 at 3:22:51 AM
What absolute racist drivel! This is like somethin... by Ben Compton on Wednesday, Sep 17, 2008 at 9:45:17 PM
How can someone debate an alien from the Twilight ... by abuelitaromo on Thursday, Sep 18, 2008 at 3:32:50 AM
Ben's arguments are problematic in many aspect... by Mikhail Lyubansky on Thursday, Sep 18, 2008 at 8:48:17 AM
and I thank you for the gentle chiding.... by abuelitaromo on Thursday, Sep 18, 2008 at 2:40:00 PM
I don't think you're racist by intent, but... by Mikhail Lyubansky on Thursday, Sep 18, 2008 at 9:53:39 AM
Hopefully we all agree that different individuals ... by Leep on Thursday, Sep 18, 2008 at 11:25:11 AM
We not only have double standards in this nation, ... by abuelitaromo on Thursday, Sep 18, 2008 at 3:06:26 AM
This article was cross-posted on buzzflash and gen... by Mikhail Lyubansky on Thursday, Sep 18, 2008 at 9:10:44 AM
The main fallacy of the article is that it confuse... by Jack McDaniel on Thursday, Sep 18, 2008 at 12:53:21 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,424484,00.html... by abuelitaromo on Thursday, Sep 18, 2008 at 2:45:54 PM
The video didn't show, but it appears the mour... by Jack McDaniel on Thursday, Sep 18, 2008 at 7:15:07 PM
here are some more white privilages - my parents c... by CW Blanchett on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 8:23:57 AM
There are lots of white kids (and adults) with bad... by Mikhail Lyubansky on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 3:41:25 PM
sorry, but that's something different. when I ... by CW Blanchett on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 7:29:08 PM
What your husband experienced (relative to you) wh... by Mikhail Lyubansky on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 9:16:15 PM
McCain is just as 'untested' as Obama.&nbs... by UncleSim on Friday, Sep 19, 2008 at 4:55:46 PM
Comment from Ratings:   most worthwhile ... by vthom on Saturday, Sep 20, 2008 at 9:01:06 AM
right here on OEN comments. The comparisons were r... by shirley reese on Saturday, Sep 20, 2008 at 1:41:31 PM
I would send this to all my "conservative&quo... by Julee Pearce on Sunday, Sep 21, 2008 at 4:53:33 PM
I'll believe that there is a true desire to ac... by Ben Compton on Monday, Sep 22, 2008 at 2:23:30 AM
Even though I'm a white male, I agree with mos... by Robert Riversong on Tuesday, Sep 23, 2008 at 11:00:49 AM
Now that I've investigated the background of t... by Robert Riversong on Tuesday, Sep 23, 2008 at 12:34:34 PM
This is a fantastic article, really, and I was sch... by Pedro Querido on Tuesday, Sep 23, 2008 at 11:41:50 AM
Comment from Ratings:   Folks, if those ... by Heidi Betke on Tuesday, Sep 23, 2008 at 1:32:13 PM
Heidi,This same argument that you make above was b... by Mikhail Lyubansky on Tuesday, Sep 23, 2008 at 5:37:36 PM
It was an outrage of an equal. ... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Sep 24, 2008 at 2:19:38 PM
It really doesn't get any clearer than this, t... by Heather Meyer on Saturday, Sep 27, 2008 at 9:36:31 PM
These responses prove that what Tim Wise has said ... by Nfamous on Sunday, Sep 28, 2008 at 9:50:03 AM