I can already hear my audience groaning at this. “Of course white privilege isn’t a thing, Larsen. It’s just a blood libel thrown against the scions of Hyperborea.” However, as a man of science I like to be fair and objective—and besides, billions of howling innocent-angels-without-agency—AKA People of Color— can’t be wrong (according to leftists, anyway).
And indeed, in a few, mostly unconscious ways, white privilege can be said to exist. It still is extant (or was until VERY recently) that the overwhelming majority of Fortune 500 CEOS, movie stars, and other powerful people were white (in the broad sense), and in many places whiteness (or at the very least light-skinned-ness) is still the standard of beauty. And that goes for both sexes; OKCupid will tell you that white men—at least those of the muscular “Chad Thunderc-ck” mold—generally have an easier time attracting women of all races, and that’s the real reason that you see minorities with dubious claims of white oppression being angry all of a sudden (buy my book!).
And indeed, there’s still an underlying assumption that, say, the default American is white, which may lead to some (for the most part mild) discrimination, particularly in the form of underlying assumptions that “white man=leader” or something like that.
That much is indeed true. However, to me it seems completely ridiculous to say that there has been no change at all in the privileged/non-privileged ranks between whites and non-whites, at least in the United States. After all…
…How privileged are white Americans when there are at least 7 minority groups that are on average wealthier than white Americans?
…How does it privilege white people to have several other ethnic groups be more educated than whites, the “most privileged?”
…And finally, if whites are so privileged, then why are certain minority groups that used to be considered “white” (Persians, Armenians, Arabs, Jews, and Hispanics, to name a few) fighting tooth and nail to NOT be considered white?
It seems to me that if whiteness were such a benefit and “the easy mode of life,” then the hard-fought gains of LULAC and other organizations to be legally considered white would want to be retained. But no, they want to be considered non-white. Perhaps it’s just solidarity between the rainbow coalition. Or perhaps it’s because they realize that being white in 2018 is, in fact, a disadvantage, and they’re jumping off the sinking ship.
Or maybe I’m just a non-sufficiently woke pale individual who needs to shut up and check his privilege.