When you look at the injustices in the American judicial system from the initial police encounter, to the court system, to the incarceration, to the probation/parole sentences; When you look at the school to prison pipeline, housing, employment, pay-gap, education-gap, banking practices, politics, and a hundred other things, it is easy to see that white privilege is running rampant. It is obvious, blatant, and yes, by design.
From the actress college cheating scandal mother admitting to her privilege, to presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg admitting to his white, male privilege, many whites are acknowledging their privilege. Some white people are doing a little more than simply admitting to their privilege, some are embracing it, and others are even reveling in it. It is hard to give up something that you benefit from so much. So, if the white power structure is consistently showing white people their privileges in every facet of American life, it’s hard for that not to stick in their subconscious (conscience for many of them). This is how the heterosexual white male (the white power structure in Western society) keeps his power in America. He knows that no matter how much these so called liberal, progressive white people march or protest with people from the Global Majority, all that white privilege that is shown to them on a daily basis, sticks in their subconscious, making them see the white man as the protector of their children and grandchildren. This explains how such a vile specimen like Trump is in the white house and how, depending on which poll you like, three or four white men are leading in the polls in the 2020 democratic race for president in a field full of women and people from the Global Majority.
As I stated earlier, some white people are doing a little more than simply admitting to their privilege, some are embracing it, and others are even reveling in it. Abby Huntsman of the ABC show The View recently applauded democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg because she felt that he didn’t apologize for his white privilege while appearing on the show. She also revealed that she is proud of the “privileged” family she came from and don’t feel a need to apologize for being from her family. Abby Huntsman is the daughter of Jon Huntsman who is a former republican presidential candidate and the current U.S. Ambassador to Russia.
So, just know that when you’re sitting their watching the news and saying stuff like, “Well, we know they’re white because the police apprehended them instead of killing them”, or “Well, they didn’t show a photo or mug shot, so we know they’re white”, please know that this is by design. As I’ve written about in other pieces, the white power structure has been very successful in making white privilege irresistible to white Americans. Think about how you might feel if it’s been shoved down your throat that your son could grow up and become president, even with a past like George W. Bush or Donald Trump; and that your daughter could be First Lady, even with a past like Melania Trump. Look and listen with three eyes and three ears my fellow ADOSs and Global Majority members.