Bill O’Reilly and Megan Kelly debated the existence of “white privilege.” Bill said that the plights of the black community are caused by culture. Megan said that the numbers suggest that white privilege is a thing. Of course, numbers never lie except for the fact that they are frequently misinterpreted. Megan looked at only one single variable: race. If you do not control for other variables, then statistics are utterly meaningless.
Here are some additional variables, Megan:
1 – Are they from a single parent household? Follow-up, if so, were the parents ever married? Is the father still around? Are the multiple children from multiple, unmarried, absent fathers?
2 – Do they partake of music and other entertainment that glorifies drug use and criminal activity? Does their entertainment objectify women? Do even the female entertainers objectify women, thus increasing the odds and probability of number 1?
3 – How many books do these kids read in a year?
4 – How long do they study?
5 – How much emphasis and involvement do the parent(s) have in the child’s education?
Other questions could be asked, but you get the drift. Show me statistics with all other variables minimized or eliminated, and then we can talk statistics.
But let’s just assume that white privilege is actually real (God knows, every time I go into the bank to cash a check, they try to give me free money…crazy, right?). The interesting thing about that white privilege is the only way to fight it is to pretend it doesn’t exist. It is to tell your kids that they can succeed and push them to work twice as hard as anyone else and to do so happily.
Megan Kelly talks about white flight. The blacks move in, so the whites move out. Everyone forgets the community, and poverty (etc) happens. When I moved into my neighborhood, I had white neighbors. They sold their houses to black families. I didn’t move. Why? Because they are good people. One of them walked across the street and asked if he could pick my loquats. I told him to take as many as he pleased as I had too many for five people to eat. Had he not asked and said “He has more than he needs,” I would have shooed him off my property. So why do these whites move out? Probably become the crime rate goes up. Believe it or not, whites don’t start feeling scared just because there are…black people around. Actually, whites (like every other group of people) start feeling scared when they start hearing sirens all day and gun shots and the 6:00 news. That’s when they move out.
The other issue that the white privilege crowd does not want to admit is that Asians earn more and have better success than whites. If we made a system rigged for the success of whites, we royally messed up. How did Asians do it? By promoting a culture that values education (and by conjunction, hard work). Al Sharpton claimed that we have money to militarize the cops, but no money for the schools. You can spend all the money you want to in the schools. You can hire one teacher per student. If the student does not value education and does not put for the effort, they will fail. Naturally, one would assume a personal tutor would increase the likelihood that the student will try, but it is the student’s efforts, not the teacher’s efforts, that creates a scholar. If you have a class of 100 dedicated students and one teacher, those students will succeed. If you have a class of 10 students that just want to cut up in class and don’t study when they get home and don’t care, there is nothing the teacher can do.
White privilege does not exist. Where the blacks of the 1960s succeeded was they didn’t make their fight about themselves. It was always about the future generation. It was about their children. White privilege is an argument about themselves. It is an argument about NOW. They want the world to be fair for THEM. Only a dedicated approach to improve your children’s lives can build a better future for them and for the race as a whole. Say what you will, but the birth statistics regarding absent fathers shows that this care for the future is lacking. That is the real problem.
We’ve come a long way since Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. Now we have thugs get killed, and the media tries to make them out as martyrs. Trayvon Martin may have been a sweet little kid once (hell, Hitler was probably a sweet little kid…all little kids are sweet!), but he changed. People do not pin and beat down someone in self-defense. Michael Brown robbed a store, threatened violence to the clerk, and then exploded a cop’s orbital socket. You can say “unarmed teen” all you want. When someone is 6’4″ and weighs 300 pounds (not fat), God has armed that person. Have an NFL linebacker punch you in the face and see if it changes your mind. Bruce Lee was 135 pounds. If he attacked you, unarmed, he would destroy you. The lack of a object as a weapon does not equate to defenselessness.
I believe in a world where you can’t stop someone from succeeding if they put their mind to it, regardless of their race.
Long Live the Constitution!