Think you know how great it is to be white? Louis C.K. has an opinion on that.
“Seriously, if you’re not white, you’re missing out… “
No, Louis isn’t saying that white people are better. Just that being white is better right now. In his own inimitable way, he points out that, no matter where he could travel in time, being white would be “awesome when I get there.” Obviously, not everyone would not enjoy this privilege. In fact, most brown folks would encounter trouble were they to travel back in time. Even with the Doctor along for the ride. Now, the future…. that might be a different story Because pay-back.
“… we’re gonna pay hard for this sh*t… and we totally deserve it. But for now — wheeee!”
Louis thinks that if you’re white and don’t admit that it’s great, you’re an a**hole. And he’s right. When was the last time you saw a white man in an expensive car pulled over in a black neighborhood?
And, Louis points out, he’s a man, too. It doesn’t get much better than that in America.
“How many advantages can one person have…? You can’t even hurt my feelings… what can you call a white man? Cracker… oh, ruined my day…”
Here’s the whole bit:
If you don’t believe there’s a such thing as white privilege, think again.
If you don’t believe that there is such a thing as white privilege — and you can read any comment thread about Cliven Bundy or Donald Sterling and see the oblivious in droves — you should consider a few things. Look at Peggy McIntosh’s essay, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. Here is a selection of some of the things white people don’t have to even think about:
- If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area which I can afford and in which I would want to live.
- I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.
- I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.
- I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the staple foods which fit with my cultural traditions, into a hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can cut my hair.
- Whether I use checks, credit cards or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial reliability.
- I can swear, or dress in second hand clothes, or not answer letters, without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the poverty or the illiteracy of my race.
- I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.
- I can criticize our government and talk about how much I fear its policies and behavior without being seen as a cultural outsider.
- I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to the “person in charge”, I will be facing a person of my race.
- I can easily buy posters, post-cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys and children’s magazines featuring people of my race.
- I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without having my co-workers on the job suspect that I got it because of my race.
- If I have low credibility as a leader I can be sure that my race is not the problem.
If you are Black or Hispanic or Indian (American or East) or Middle Eastern, you can’t assume any of those things. Louis C.K. is right: being white is great! Now that we have admitted there is a problem, what should step two be? If you answered that there is no problem, go back to Start and try again. Because you are the problem.
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