White Privilege, the Latest Distraction

I was watching a video clip on Facebook where an African American woman was talking about white privilege. She was brow beating a white, Jewish male trying to get him to agree with what has taken off as the new buzz word regarding African Americans in America—white-privilege. The male tried to get in some words during the eight person group discussion, but the woman talked over him and pretty much only let him say what she agreed with.

The woman seemed straight out of academia and was cold, smug and seemingly, like she had stumbled on the Holy Grail in helping African Americans with their problems in America which was all about dealing with the white privilege phenomenon. The discussion never left white privilege and I didn’t hear any other topic brought up that might help African Americans. The woman seemed to want the people on the panel to agree with her and acknowledge that blacks are screwed—that there’s no real way for them to succeed without ugly white Americans acknowledging it and doing all kinds of special things to make sure that they have an easier way to succeed.

Honestly, I hear more white people talk about white privilege than black people. It’s one of the new mantras for the Far-Left. Well, what about white privilege? Of course there’s white privilege. White America has been the power base since its founding. The power has the privilege. Years ago Irish didn’t get jobs because Poles or English had the power and literally there were signs out and about that said, ‘Irish need not apply for jobs.’ The same thing happened to Italians and they had several generations of struggle before things started going easier for them. The main difference with African Americans is that they have a markedly different color and where Irish and Italians could blend in easier with other white colored peoples in power, blacks stand out and are more of a reminder to some in the power base that they are different than ‘them’.

It’s life. It has been life since the beginning of time. Being different than those holding more power can be a chore. However, African Americans have more problems than dealing with the white power base to help themselves. In fact, as you’ll see later in the article African Americans are doing worse in areas now then when racism was much worse and even legal in America.  According to a 2011 Federal Census Bureau statistics, black children growing up in single family homes was 67%. Whites were 25% and Asian Americans were at 17%. And there are a host of studies that show kids growing up in single family homes having a much harder time getting their lives together than those with two caretakers. And there are some standout studies that show a father missing in the home can cause a host of problems in male child rearing as well. Can a single mom, or dad, or grandparent raising children or boys work out well? You bet it can and often does but the fact of the matter is that it is much harder and not every caretaker can do it well. Most cannot.

And what happens when kids don’t have that parental direction? Youth violence. And youth violence turns into young adult violence. Bureau of Justice statistics show that African Americans are about 13% of the population yet from 1980 to 2008 committed 52% of the homicides. Bureau of Justice Statistics also show that in 2009, ‘Blacks were charged with 62 percent of robberies, 57 percent of murders and 45 percent of assaults in the 75 biggest counties in the country, despite only comprising roughly 15 percent of the population in these counties.’  And according to famed African American economist Thomas Sowell, “Black poverty was far worse, and white racism was far worse, prior to 1960. But violent crime within black ghettos was far less.” Moreover, according to author Dean Kalahar in his article, The Decline of The African-America Family, “Prior to the 1960’s the unemployment rate for black 16 and 17-year olds was under 10 percent.” In 2015, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment for black youth is 19.2%.  And according to the author of “War on Cops”, Heather Mac Donald, “A straight line can be drawn between family breakdown and youth violence.”  And with youth violence comes the lack of concentration on schoolwork, mass incarceration and the lack of mature people growing up to help their own communities.

White privilege occurs. It’s real. However, it’s not the main problem the African American community is dealing with.

Some white people and talking-heads from academia ought to offer real solutions that can help communities and people grow, not find the latest soup du jour in helping themselves feel better or worse yet, distract against the very real issues the African American community must deal with.  African Americans have great talents and abilities and have helped America be what she is today in areas such as music, athletics and leadership just to mention a few. Real solutions need to be found to help stop so many of them who are slipping steadily into a morass of quicksand that will continue to lead to poverty, distrust, prison and death.

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Steve is a bestselling author with his latest book being, 'Protect Your Kids! The Simple Keys to Children's Safety and Survival'. Steve has also written hundreds of articles on a wide variety of topics.

Steve's a three-time survivor of violence in his youth and was an award winning police officer.

For several years, Steve also did radio political and current event commentary and taught college Criminal Justice. He is the former host of the long running 'The Kovacs Perspective' Internet radio talk show.

Presently, Steve is the owner and Managing Director of one of the oldest martial art schools in Ohio, 'The Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense'.
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Steve is a bestselling author with his latest book being, 'Protect Your Kids! The Simple Keys to Children's Safety and Survival'. Steve has also written hundreds of articles on a wide variety of topics. Steve's a three-time survivor of violence in his youth and was an award winning police officer. For several years, Steve also did radio political and current event commentary and taught college Criminal Justice. He is the former host of the long running 'The Kovacs Perspective' Internet radio talk show. Presently, Steve is the owner and Managing Director of one of the oldest martial art schools in Ohio, 'The Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense'.
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6 Responses to White Privilege, the Latest Distraction

  1. Patricia L Johnson says:

    Here’s something to think about that reverts back to your earlier article. There isn’t a black person in America that I’ve ever run into, that doesn’t respect and honor their grandmother. Whatever power black grandmothers have over their grandchildren needs to be bottled and sold to all and it might help our other problems. The black population in prisons is, IMHO, a sin on a comparative basis. There is, and has been since President Obama was put in office. a deterioration in the level of respect shown to black people and it’s harmful to all in this country. Years ago there was a study completed on four year old children, I believe they were four, because the children hadn’t been in school yet so their opinions could be influenced by their peers. The children were shown pictures of five children doing various things, that children do. Four of the five children in the pictures were white, and one was black. These little kids were asked what they thought about each little child in the pictures and in almost all cases, there was a fear of the black child. I wish I could remember who did the study because it was really an interesting observation on perception. I don’t have anything constructive to add on your article Steve, other than I think the problem is going to get far worse before it ever gets better. Have a good day, Pat

  2. Patricia L Johnson says:

    Well, I found the study, and it isn’t exactly as I explained, but I was close 🙂 http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/05/13/doll.study/index.html

  3. Steve KovacsSteve Kovacs says:

    Hi Pat, Yeah, I see that the study was different than you explained. On the video, I only saw one fear of a black child by a white child but I saw two black children who said they would prefer being white. Strange. Could be lots of reasons for the answers and children at that age learn mostly from those raising them. Not scientific but cute for an anecdotal story, I suppose.

    I agree, black grandma’s rock and so do so many black woman with their strength of love and character raising children. Kudos!

    You say that you believe there is less respect shown to African Americans since Obama was president! I’m amazed. I’ve never heard that and I couldn’t disagree with you more but viewpoints certainly can be different amongst people.

    Lets hope more folks offer solutions more than constant and new blames for issues. Maybe if so, the problems will get better sooner than later.

  4. Patricia L Johnson says:

    Yes, I know, I was way off on that study, but that was posted in 2010 and my memory is virtually non-existent when I’m writing about something if I don’t have documentation in front of me.

    That’s the impression I’ve gotten Steve, but many of our viewpoints when we’re older generally come from people we talk to, and or news outlets. If we’re viewing world events from two different news perspectives, we’re bound to have opposing viewpoints on various items.

    Agree, the key to any problem is finding a solution that works, rather than placing blame.

    Have a good day Steve,


  5. bongstar420 says:

    They want racial privilege and are just trying to flip the coin.

    Otherwise, they would argue that race is unimportant and merit should determine power, that we shouldn’t have opulent wealth, that social networks and family heritage shouldn’t control outcomes (like genius born to poverty shouldn’t be washing toilets or working harder than genius born to wealth).

    It goes on.

    Look up the Hawaiian’s. They are trying to flip white privilege while covertly instituting their own racial privilege which is supported by their religion. Obama is part of the Hawaiian grab given he came from the school that is racially segregated to hawaiian privilege.

    It goes on, but is a good example of their covert plans. Its not racism that they hate, its their not being the “winning” race.

  6. Mike Johnson says:

    To bongstar420:

    Questions: “They want racial privilege…” Who are they?

    “…they would argue that race is …” Who are they?

    “…that we shouldn’t have opulent…” Who are we?

    “…its their not being the “winning…” What race is it that you’re calling the “winning” race?

    Thank you, I have a really difficult time following comments because I never know if they are directed to the author of a piece or to someone else. Thank you and have a good day, Pat Johnson

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