By Skip Chatterson - January 2, 2015
Before the events in Ferguson occurred most of us probably didn’t hear much about “white privilege”. After Ferguson, those of us who lack copious amounts of melanin (white people) should feel ashamed of being white.
Hearing all the race baiters and mostly rich spoiled white college kids go on about white privilege and how all whiteys are guilty of this sin, I got to thinking about how my skin color has benefited me.
I grew up in an all white Midwestern town, so that already set up a disadvantage to being white. How did that get me ahead of my black brethren, if there were no black people for me to be place in front of? No, my white skin didn’t help me in my town, as a matter of fact my last name didn’t help me either.
Being white in my town had no advantage, but having the right family name did and I did not have that advantage. I was not born of parents who were doctors, teachers or bankers so I was behind the eight ball from birth. I also did not excel at the correct sports. I wasn’t a football or basketball star. I was one of the fastest swimmers in my conference, but that meant nothing to anybody in my little town. I was the son of two hard working parents, one for General Motors and the other a rural route carrier (postal worker) and the grandson of farmers. I had no breeding. I was a social economic mutt.
When entering into college, my skin color did not help, because affirmative action made sure that white was the less acceptable color to acceptance. I had to get into college the old fashioned way….I had to earn it. It was no different as far as grants or scholarships were concerned as well. Part of that was my fault–I didn’t really care for high school or the people there, so I didn’t apply myself sufficiently enough to earn an academic scholarship and I wasn’t blessed with enough melanin to be eligible for other scholarships, so between my own lethargy and fair skin I couldn’t get any scholarships.
I did have one advantage…loving parents who believed in me and all their children. When things got tough in college, I was inspired by the fact that my parents and grandparents believed I could be anybody I set my mind to. I didn’t want to disappoint those who believed in me and I really wanted to prove that those who didn’t believe were idiots. Long personal story, short: all those people now call me…doctor (Ok, my family does not call me doctor). I am a doctor who had a lot of student loans though.
I believe there used to be plenty of “white privilege”, but that was pre-civil rights days. There was a day when a black person was told not to even try to apply for jobs, wrong skin color, but that prejudice wasn’t exclusive to black people. Who remembers the days when a Catholic person was told they might as well not apply for a job, especially if that Catholic person was Irish? It was believed, when JFK ran for President that he couldn’t win because he was Catholic. JFK won and opened up the doors for Catholics throughout the country and with the help of the republicans, JFK won civil rights for all black people. Prejudice against both blacks and Catholics was forced into the background at the same time, yet only one of those two groups still complains about it. Granted, prejudices didn’t go away that quickly for those in the black community, but in 2014/2015 the only thing holding the black community back, is the black community.
OMG! What do I mean by that statement? My advantage growing up was not my skin color, it was my family! Having a mother and a father along with grandparents was instrumental in my development. An intact nuclear family. Unfortunately, single motherhood in the black community is just north of 70% with the fathers being nonexistent. Most black fathers are no more than DNA donors. In order to have a functioning person, especially boys that person, male or female needs a father! All to often most black children grow up a struggling single mother household. They grow up in a welfare supported house, without the tough loving hand of a father allowing the mother to be the soft supporting hand. The dichotomy of parents is essential. Generations of poor black mothers have depended on an all supporting government as a substitute for a missing father. Government is a soulless parent leading to soulless offspring, which is what they, the government needs to maintain power.
None of the above is new news. There is no real “white” privilege. There is privilege usually attached to money, not skin color. The black community isn’t being held down by the white privilege boogeyman, they just don’t want to look in the mirror at the real cause for their own situation. Ferguson is a prime example of that. What is the answer to Ferguson? Burn down your own community and blame everybody else for your problems. What business would move into a community that may burn your business to the ground? Improve your community and maybe businesses will move there, but not if they fear for their business or the life and health of their employees. Root out the crime in your communities, by letting it be known that whoever does wrong by the law will get turned in, not by a snitch but by a concerned community and jobs and good fortune will follow. Try it if you dare, or just continue to blame whitey for your own problems. One will get you what whitey has the other will probably just get you an early trip to the morgue (black on black crime).