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White Privilege

whiteprivilegeconferenceWhat would you think if your 8-year-old came home and told you that “white privilege is something that white people have, meaning they have an advantage in a lot of things and they can get a job more easily”? You would have heard that at the recent 15th annual White Privilege Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, attended by 2,500 public-school teachers, administrators and students from across the nation (http://tinyurl.com/lkoqj9b).

The average parent has no idea of the devious indoctrination going on in classrooms in many public schools. What follows are some of the lessons of the conference.

In one of the workshops, “Examining White Privilege and Building Foundations for Social Justice Thinking in the Elementary Classroom,” educators Rosemary Colt and Diana Reeves told how teachers can “insert social justice, anti-racist information” into their lessons that “even little kids” can understand.

Kim Radersma, a former high-school English teacher, hosted a session titled “Stories from the front lines of education: Confessions of a white, high school English teacher.” She said that teaching is a purely political act and that neutral people should “get the f—- out of education.” (http://tinyurl.com/q5adt2d). She also explained: “Being a white person who does anti-racist work is like being an alcoholic. I will never be recovered by my alcoholism, to use the metaphor. I have to every day wake up and acknowledge that I am so deeply embedded with racist thoughts and notions and actions in my body that I have to choose every day to do anti-racist work and think in an anti-racist way” (http://tinyurl.com/q4z969q).

But the propaganda and lunacy go even deeper. Jacqueline Battalora, professor of sociology and criminal justice at Saint Xavier University, informed conference participants that “white people did not exist before 1681. Again, white people did not exist on planet earth until 1681” (http://tinyurl.com/lkoqj9b). That’s truly incredible. If Professor Battalora is correct, how are we to identify William Shakespeare (1564), Sir Isaac Newton (1642), John Locke (1632), Leonardo da Vinci (1452) and especially dear Plato (428 B.C.)? Were these men people of color, or did they not exist?

John A. Powell, a University of California, Berkeley law professor, told his audience, “And right now, I’m going to suggest to you that race is driving almost everything that’s happening in the country.” He explained the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans by saying, “They took money away from protecting the levees because the levees were protecting black people.”

Stephanie Baran’s message to conference participants was that capitalism is the cause of racism in the world today. This adjunct professor at Kankakee Community College, who calls herself a vulgar Marxist, added that racism was invented in Colonial America by white capitalists as a tool to divide labor and keep the working class in their place.

Educator Paul Kivel explained what he sees as Christian hegemony, saying, “Very simply, I define it as the everyday pervasive, deep-seated and institutionalized dominance of Christian values, Christian institutions, leaders and Christians as a group, primarily for the benefit of Christian ruling elites.”

Speaker Leonard Zeskind, citing work done by the MacIver Institute, explained that “the longer you are in the tea party the more racist you become.” He added, “Parents put their kids in private schools because they’re racist.”

University of Iowa Professor Adrien Wing gave some of her observations about white privilege, asking, “Does having a black president change that? Has it changed that? Unfortunately, it hasn’t. … (President Obama) ends up being the front man for the system. … He works for the master of the system of white privilege.”

I can’t imagine people being stupid enough to believe all that was said at the White Privilege Conference. There’s something else at work. I think it’s white guilt. That’s why, for almost three decades, there has appeared on my website a certificate of amnesty and pardon that I’ve granted to Americans of European ancestry in the hope that they stop feeling guilty and stop acting like fools (http://tinyurl.com/opd8vgd).

WalterWilliamsWalter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.

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One comment

  1. Thank you Mr. Williams for a great article. Also thank you for your comment in the last paragraph about the “White guilt”. I am a 51 year old white man and I don’t, and never have felt guilty about anything concerning race. When I was young my parents divorced, I was about 8 at the time. My mother worked two and three jobs because my father did not want to pay child support on a regular basis for my three brothers and I. We actually lived in a housing project in Cleveland when I was in the 4th grade. My brothers and I did not treat anybody any different and they did not treat us any different, at least we could not tell if we were. I had a black teacher named Mrs. Johnson and I truly loved her, she was a great teacher. My mother always taught us not to judge someone by their skin color but by their character. And I have taught my kids the same thing. One year after I graduated high school I got married, 32 years now, I had no handouts, I had to work. If I got laid off a job, I wasted no time to find another. I did not care what it was doing. I worked cleaning offices, buffing the floors of a department store, cutting grass, whatever it took to support my wife and I. I have always believed in personal responsibility. I have always felt that nobody owes me anything that I haven’t worked for. I am not rich by no means, but I make a decent living. When I was in my thirties I decided to go back to school. It is not easy working over 40 hours a week, have a wife and kids that need your attention, and go to school. It took me a very long time to just get an associates degree. I tell young people that are just graduating high school, to get their college degree while still young and single.
    Well I just wanted to say thank you. I did not mean to get long winded. It just frustrates me when anyone, no matter what race they are, thinks they are owed something for nothing. I enjoy your writings along with Dr. Carson’s, and Star Parker’s. I have been subscribed to Star Parker’s email list for a while now. I pray that God will bless you and your work. If it were not for my faith in God and his grace, I really would not want to live in this culture we have today. But I know that God has a plan and ultimately his will, will be done.