Is white privilege a myth? / Mid-Terms Right around the corner

With mid-terms right around the corner, it is prevalent to remind people of the community, especially the youth, that the opportunity to participate in the most American act is within grasp; voting. As to be expected, most of the youth are not profoundly aware of current day politics, thus this opportunity is often overlooked. In order to put this topic on the forefront of importance of high school students, it is logical to fill them in on the current day controversies of politics in the most unbiased manner. Topics such as whether or not white privilege is evident in American society today, if marijuana should be legalized and the benefits as well as the cons that would follow this, as well as rules and regulations concerning immigration.

“It is all relative,” Republican Bill O’Reily states when addressing the issue of white privilege. He goes on to explain that white privilege WAS a concept and since “there is no more slavery, no more Jim Crow and the most powerful man in the world is a black American,” that the white privilege Caucasians once possessed is no longer evident in today’s society.  Alongside this, many others have brought up interesting points denouncing the existence of this. Claiming that there’s even social discrimination against fellow Caucasians. “While black comedians can use derogatory terms for whites such as ‘cracker,’ white comedians who use corresponding anti-black racial epithets risk career destruction.” Said by Conservative Selwyn Duke. All these points and more can be said to defend this side of the argument, but with all arguments there is more than one viewpoint on the matter.

Those who believe that the concept of white privilege is alive and kicking in today’s society do not blame those whites who benefit from this, contrary to popular belief, rather this is not “something that they necessarily do, create or enjoy.” From Liberal Jennifer R. Holladay’s Excerpt White Anti-Racist Activism. She goes on to explain that this “privilege is a transparent preference for whiteness that saturates our society.” Meaning that this privilege is a concept that is intangibly existent and has been buried into the roots of this country since its founding and has not dissipated between now or the fifties or the seventeenth century. Moreover, this privilege simply grants whites with the “benefit of the doubt,” in terms of loans, housing, inferred reason for success due to “affirmative action”, lack of harassment from law enforcement, or how “people perceive financial responsibility, style of dress, public speaking skills or job performance.” A Point made by Holladay. Jon Stewart puts it in as simple terms as he could possibly imagine by stating it as a “factor.” And that the simple acknowledgement of this by those who aren’t exactly in agreement with this would greatly benefit this country.

Debatable topics such as this, the death penalty, taxes, how the government should react to international affairs, and/or abortion are important to be knowledgeable of as an American citizen and is something that should be taken into consideration when heading out to vote this fall. Yet even as a high school student being up to date on these things now is crucial. For some may not be able to vote this year, that chance will come sooner rather than later.