Social Illusions

“White Privilege is a real fallacy.”  

What is the held definition for what White Privilege means? The meaning for this is the privilege afforded to one group of people that is not similarly given to another group. One group may be given the benefit of doubt over another because one group of people is seen of having the upper hand over another. This has been a subject of debate whether or not this even exist. I have my own theory as to what White Privilege means.

From my understanding as to what White Privilege means, I look at it as an illusion. It’s difficult to understand if you are not in the know. Putting yourself in the know is very important. So it goes like this, a White female is assaulted and says a Black guy did it. The police quickly arrive. Black people’s upset comes from the idea that Blacks are not afforded the same protection; White Privilege. The next example is when the White Privilege becomes the illusion.

In New York City was a protest called, “Occupy Wall Street.” The protest arised from the collapse of the market due to the 2008 economic downturn. People showed up with tents and camped out near the economic epicenter of America. These protesters comprised of mostly White males and females. Eventually the protest was broken up by the police of the NYPD. Protesters came across the Brooklyn and was met by officers with batons and pepper spray. The outcome was in newspapers and televised across the country.

What everyone failed to realize was that White Privilege was not brought up during this violent exchange. What’s odd is that this was time to address the illusion of White privilege. This was the time for people to come together, but it didn’t happen. Why didn’t it happen because people were sleep and distracted. All they had to do was open their eyes and see that White People had confronted the same system Black people have fought against. The problem is that for some reason the collective don’t believe Black and White people are in the same boat in America.

We say we see each other in the same position, but we still don’t believe it. The real problem is that few want to be the voice over the masses. Race socially is used as a tool to distract the people from the real problem which is the leaders in a country. Another problem is that the face until Obama, and still for the most part has been a White face attached. This confuses the people racially. Basically, White and Black people may have ended problems with each other in the past if another group of people gained control of the country over both of us. But since the power structure has always been mostly White males, it appears White people are the issue, but it’s a human thing. Man wanting control over man.

America is such a tough place to live because we accept so many social aspects of this country that actually mean nothing. Our society is so built to make people have conflicts that are so unnecessary. Once people realize how irrelevant it truly is, then they’ll feel awful about how much time we’ve actually spent focusing on nothing. But, see me, I don’t think that people are that oblivious. I think people know the game we play regarding race is garbage. But who has the guts to go after the politics head-on. No one wants to die nor lose anything else they’ve worked for. So what now, we live distracted; distracted by the things that go on around us with blinders. Blinders over our eyes until the country can no longer remain blind folded and are forced to face the harsh reality that our society was built to keep people separate. And that our beliefs are nothing more than an extension of what our system has built to keep us separate.

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2 responses to Social Illusions

  1. Hello,

    I have been reading different article and postings tonight that I find relevant to my Race and the Law course that I took this semester. I decided to comment on a few and discuss some of the terms that I have have learned about over the course of the semester. Your particular post stood out to me and I really liked your take on White privilege. It has historically become acceptable for a predominantly white group to protest an issue important to them (Wall Street or even when they are celebration National Championships in sports) and society justify their means. However, when a subordinate group such as African Americans protest an issue important to them such as police brutality, we are labeled animals and out of control. However, if the issues were switched and a predominantly white group of people were protesting police brutality against Whites, there would be an outcry and they would potentially be labeled as passionate activist by some.

    Some ask why are certain things only acceptable or credible when White people do it? You pretty much hit the nail on the head here too. The power structure. Social dominance. The dominant group maintaining their position in power and not wanting the subordinate group to compete. Its just like in the early 1900s when whites were okay with blacks riding on the bus, so as long as they didn’t challenge it.

    Thanks for sharing again!

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    • Thanks for the comment. I’m thankful I was able to assist you in your understanding of the social and cultural landscape of America. I will continue to write more topical insights into society.

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