The Bearable Whiteness of Being March 19, 2015Posted by geoff in News.
Lot of silly articles about “whiteness privilege” in the media of late. You remember whiteness studies, I’m sure. That’s the study of the little, almost hidden, privileges whites enjoy that minorities do not. It is part of the pernicious evil that is inherent to caucasians – an evil they cannot detect and are not considered competent to discuss.
Despite my obvious lack of qualification to address this matter, I thought I’d make (or re-make, if I’ve made it before) a point:
All those privileges and advantages whites enjoy? We did it on purpose.
Yep, I’m confessing everything right now – we are absolutely guilty of creating a system whereby whites enjoy a bias in conducting business and social transactions. We did it with full knowledge of what we were doing, and we’d do it again if we had to start over.
In fact, we’re doing it right now. Right this instant. Completely without remorse or regret.
So how can we possibly be this evil, and proud of it to boot? Well, I’ll tell you…
If you’re a parent, I’ll bet you have decided to teach your kids about:
- How to handle money and be responsible for your debts
- The importance of studying and hard work
- Being polite and respectful of adults and superiors
- Obeying laws and respecting law enforcement officers
- Moral values
- Speaking well and dressing appropriately
Just to name a few. You’re teaching your kids these thing as they were taught to you, because that’s how our parents and grandparents conducted their lives.
So when you walk into a bank, your dress, speech, and carriage reflect the heritage of previous generations. And by showing that you’ve accepted those values, the implication is that you will pay back the loan you’re asking for, because that’s what your predecessors did. They worked hard to build up a trust, and you get to collect on the investment they made.
But you’re not a freeloader: you’re passing it down to your kids by paying your bills on time, being polite and reasonable in business and social transactions, and trying to hew to a moral path. You do this because you know that if you do, you preserve the system and trust that those earlier generations built. If you don’t, it will be more difficult for you and your kids to conduct business and make your way through life.
But then one day, after decades of paying bills, honoring obligations, and trying to live a decent life; one day, after all that, someone will point at you (or your kids) and say, “Look at the unfair privileges and advantages they enjoy!”
And you will be officially and irredeemably white.