‘White Privilege’ artist: Does it exist, or do I simply lack critical thinking skills? 29

There was a time when people who lectured Americans on “white privilege” were mostly content to read the ramblings of Peggy McIntosh and shame-scribble self-loathing messages on their faces. Since that didn’t work, artists like Jamie Kapp — formerly known as “jamie the ignorant American” on Tumblr — decided they would mangle statistics in comic book form instead.

Since Jamie’s art was picked up on Buzzfeed, I thought I should clear up a few things for those who haven’t at least read ‘Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics’ by Joel Best.

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The reason why no one on the Internet “seems to” want to understand the concept is pretty simple. There are a number of reasons. Some examples include:

  1. It’s usually peddled by people like Suey “only white people can be racist” Park.
  2. Self made men, like those who dealt with angry drill sergeants early on in life (before putting themselves through college) aren’t usually willing to be lectured to on how tough the real world can be.
  3. Military men, who have friends of all colors they would have gladly died for during their service, don’t take kindly to academics of the “all white people are ‘subconsciously racist’” mold.

Regardless, on to the statistics:

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“When it comes to school, I’m 78% more likely to be admitted because of my race. A [person of color] with the exact same grades has about a 22% chance.” says Jamie.

Where are these numbers coming from? How are they tabulated? What variables were factored into the study? What colleges are these people applying to?

At some point in time, the “white privilege” crowd decided they weren’t having much success, so they decided to try the old Jedi Mind Trick. Newsflash: The Jedi Mind Trick, like white privilege, is a work of fiction. If these activists spent half as much time complaining about their lot in life and focused more intently on accomplishing their hopes and dreams, the results would put an end to all their racial psychobabble.

For the sake of argument, let’s pretend black kids with a 4.0 grade point average, who applied to the exact same school as “average white guy x,” really did only have a 22% chance of getting into that institution. One might then ask the following questions: “What were the school districts like for the black kids who applied? Where did they come from? Is an ‘A’ from the public schools in Detroit, Chicago or Philadelphia the same as an ‘A’ from the town ‘average white guy x’ came from?” If one finds that school districts in inner cities — cities often overwhelmingly run by minorities —  have different standards than those elsewhere, we can then ask why and dig deeper to the root of the problem. We can ask cultural questions and compare the percentage of intact nuclear families across races. We can do surveys on parental attitudes about the importance of education or examine voting patterns. We can ask if it is possible for a city like Detroit — run for decades by progressives, many of them minorities — to be the “victim” of “white privilege.” Did white privilege clouds from Orange County, Calif. make their way east until they dumped fiscal malfeasance and out-of-wedlock births on Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia?

Given that colleges have an extremely high amount of pressure on them to have a diverse campus (as long as that diversity doesn’t include ideological diversity) does anyone really believe that administrators aren’t bending over backwards to increase minority participation?

Moving on, Jamie asserts that a “white male with a criminal record is 5% more likely to get a job over a man of color with a clean record.” Again, is the artist being intentionally vague or is she really just incapable of looking at numbers beyond a cursory level?

What kind of crimes are typically committed by white men and what kind of crimes are committed by black men? What kind of jobs do they apply for? If “criminal record” includes everything from the time “white guy x” got a DUI during his freshman year in college to the random black guy who held up a liquor store, then anyone who is intellectually honest will have more work to do in order to make the case for white privilege.

The problem with the white privilege crowd is that they like to paint with broad brushstrokes because when they begin to fill in the details the flaws in their racial tapestry begin to show. It’s easy to say someone is “subconsciously” racist. It’s easy to throw out numbers and hope that your audience just accepts your interpretation of the data without follow up questions. It is hard to confront uncomfortable truths about different races, cultures and religions — all races, cultures and religions. If you buy into Suey “only white people can be racist” Park’s premise, you don’t have to talk about questionable aspects of any culture except “white” culture (whatever the heck that means).

At the end of the day it appears that Jamie and her activist friends simply need to go back to the drawing board.

Related: Quintessential feminist Suey Park blames ‘structural whiteness’ for her personal problems

Related: Peggy McIntosh: Reading for race-baiting losers who write on their own face

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29 comments

  1. If these activists spent half as much time complaining about their lot in life and focused more intently on accomplishing their hopes and dreams, the results would put an end to all their racial psychobabble.

    Ah, but what you have failed to consider is what if their hopes and dreams in life is to complain as much as humanly possible? ;)

    • Touché. I actually wanted to write something along those lines in one of my Suey Park posts.

      I think some of these activists, in a perverse way, come up with boogeymen because it gives their lives meaning. It allows them to become sort of underdog in a David vs. Goliath tale of their own making. They can become captains and generals in wars they can never win…that cost no blood or mandatory deployments overseas…while allowing them to tell “war” stories with friends and family.

      • A lot of these clowns just want attention, and the best way to do it is to complain online about non-existent things like “white privilege.” People who see things in terms of race are the most depressing people out there. As I’ve said in the past, it’s easier for people to blame the white privilege boogeyman instead of admitting to their own faults.

        I still find it beyond laughable that because I’m a straight white guy, that I’m somehow “privileged.” What a hoot. That would imply that I’ve had it easy and things were handed to me. Not true. I’ve had to work hard to get things I want. I haven’t always had an easy life, but if I made a stupid mistake, I didn’t blame others. I fessed up, learned from it and moved on.

      • And these same people think that being color-blind and seeing people as individuals instead of racial quotas is somehow “bad.” It’s depressing. Like Doug always says, it’s like we’re living in the Twilight Zone.

  2. Hey Peggy McIntosh: I’m a Puerto-Rican dude with skin darker than yours will ever be even with a sun tan, and you disgust me deeply far more than Doug here ever could. This is not because you’re white, but because you self loathe the fact that you’re white and ignore the fact that it’s not apartheid OR the 50′s or 60′s and that anyone with a brain can see the hypocrisy on having a Moral Relativistic view yet having a squeaky clean ABSOLUTENESS on such a black and white notion on why people of color like myself are less likely to go to and stay in college/jobs and such.

    Anyone ever notice that? Liberals routinately take a post-modernist view of things yet make out their opponents to be the most cartoony Sentamentalist bad guys out there.

    Suey Park: What if I said the Chinese are dumb Chincs? ‘Those people’ have never been able to build an empire that didn’t collapse whether they were the Song, the Tang, the Han, and etc. I am not white. Therefore, your argument is invalid.

  3. Just a quick search on Wikipedia reveals much about the causes of the structural whiteness which Suey the socialist bigot complains about. Obviously she’s incapable of even the most basic research…

    The following explains that a lot of the structural whiteness she rants about is actually a result of Asian ascription or neutrality to the white race and asian across-the-board discrimination or rejection of other people of color. So, in short, she might want to stop blaming white people for her own people’s inherent racist tendencies. Furthermore, if she hates whites and capitalism so much, North Korea is purely asian and socialist, and I’d be glad to arrange for her residence there in my next visit.

    Here’s the result of my 2 seconds of research on Wikipedia, which I’m sure she’s capable of, despite dropping out of college to blame the world for her problems while going on welfare while living in luxury quarters and wining, dining, and shopping in the most quality places. She has it so bad!

    In 2007 economist Ray Fisman, in a two-year study he co-authored on dating preferences among Columbia University students, did not find evidence of a general preference among white men for Asian women. Furthermore, the study found that there is a significantly higher pairing of white men with East Asian women because East Asian women discriminate against Black and Hispanic/Latino men. As quoted on Slate.com,[13] and also reported in The Washington Post and the Review of Economic Studies (a publication of the London School of Economics):

    “ We found no evidence of the stereotype of a white male preference for East Asian women. However, we also found that East Asian women did not discriminate against white men (only against black and Hispanic men). As a result, the white man-Asian woman pairing was the most common form of interracial dating—but because of the women’s neutrality, not the men’s pronounced preference. Men don’t seem to discriminate based on race when it comes to dating. A woman’s race had no effect on the men’s choices. ”
    The study was carried out over two years and was conducted by economists Ray Fisman (lead researcher from Columbia University) and Emir Kamenica (University of Chicago), as well as psychologists Sheena Iyengar (Columbia University) and Itamar Simonson (Stanford University). They took data from “thousands of decisions made by more than 400 daters from Columbia University’s various graduate and professional schools.”[13]

  4. The myth of white privilege, like anti-gun hysteria, may be the result of projection. Limousine liberals live in bubbles. Everyone in their social circle is white and rich. Either they are independently wealthy and have never worked, or they got their first job (and that a white collar job) after graduating from college (and, of course, their parents paid their way through college). They don’t personally know any working class white people, or even any upper- middle class people who came from modest backgrounds (e.g., veterans who earned degrees by attending classes on the GI Bill or VEAP while working full-time jobs). In their own experience, “all” white people are rich and privileged.

    • Well-said, Tom. Liberals never step outside their bubbles and naturally, they expect everyone to think like them. To quote William Buckley, “liberals claim to want to hear opposing views, but are shocked to discover that there are opposing views.”

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