I don’t know what it what it’s like to be white. I could be wrong, but speaking as a person of color, I’d say that it’s relatively a lot easier. But like I said, that’s just me comfortably speaking in my privileged black skin. Of course I could be totally wrong, but according to la Dawn Cutaia, a lawyer who wrote in the York Daily Record, “Being white is pretty awesome.” In her piece Cutaia continues, “Don’t get me wrong, if I were a white male instead of a white woman, my life would be even more awesome, but being a white female is still powerful.” Yep, there goes that pesky white privilege thing that is often denied like anything in range of Dikenbe Mutumbo in a GEICO commercial. You know, that mythical unicorn upon which the “certain people” in America (and around the globe) rides hard like the closing furlongs of the Kentucky Derby?
More from Cutaia:
You don’t have to be a member of the KKK to be racist, but not being a member of the KKK does not mean you aren’t racist. Slavery may have been outlawed 150 years ago, but the Civil Rights Movement was less than 50 years ago. Fifty years ago blacks were still sitting in the back of the bus, drinking out of separate water fountains, being sprayed by fire hoses for peacefully protesting, and living in extreme poverty with substandard education.
To this day, there are still a lot of negative stereotypes about blacks. I can’t think of any negative stereotypes about white people, other than we can’t dance. When you are the people in power, negative stereotypes roll right off your back. But for the people who are not in power, even stereotypes we think are harmless can have terrible consequences.
Ever hear whites make fun of black names? Names like Lakeesha and Jashon? Did you know that when potential employers are presented with two identical resumes, one with a white name and one with a black name, the white person gets the interview, hands down. Not so harmless now. And when “undercover” black and white employees interview for jobs, when they both have the exact same qualifications, guess who almost always gets called back? Yeah, that’s right, the whites.
So with the obvious advantage of being white in America, it’s be puzzling to me as to why there’s a need for an organization to secure and protect, well, whiteness in America. *I suppose it may have something to do with the challenges of being white in a post-racial America. After all, when the black voter turnout for the first time in history is overshadowed by that of black voters in 2012, I suppose there’s a cause for concern. So much so that there’s a need for commercials to promote whiteness.
Enter the National Policy Institute:
From African-Americans to illegal immigrants—from lesbians to left-handers—every ethnic and interest group has its own lobby or cultural foundation.
The exception is White Americans—our country’s historic majority and founding population—the people that bears [sic] the unique heritage of Europe, Christianity, cultural excellence, and the scientific awakening.
And there are our peculiar folkways—holidays, traditions, and customs—that make us both uniquely European and uniquely American.
Only we are who we are.
So why isn’t there an organization that has our interests at heart? Or maybe the question should be, Why isn’t there an organization that has our children’s interest at heart—as well as those of our grandchildren and generations yet to be born.
Don’t they deserve to live in a country akin to that of their ancestors’?
The above screed is from the following NPI commercial:
Jason Richwine, the co-author of a controversial immigration study released this week by the Heritage Foundation, tells Post Politics that he has resigned his position with the organization.
“Yes, that’s right,” Richwine wrote in a brief e-mail. Heritage confirmed that he resigned.
The study written by Richwine and Robert Rector argued that the immigration reform bill would cost $6.3 trillion, but it was widely panned by conservative groups pushing for immigration reform as not accounting for the economic benefits of immigrants.
Complicating matters were a series of revelations about Richwine, including that he had written a doctoral thesis at Harvard University arguing that the United States shouldfocus its immigration efforts on those with high IQs and that he had written for a Web site that describes itself as “nationalist.”
Richwine’s departure was first reported by Slate’s Dave Weigel.
Watch the video below:
Why is being white so powerful? It probably has something to do with the whole slavery thing. Yeah, I said it. Slavery. Why can’t blacks just get over it, right? I mean it was such a long time ago. And the minute that slavery was declared unconstitutional, former slave owners and former slaves had a great big party, where the former slaves invited their former owners over for dinner in the houses that the former slaves owned. Oh wait, that doesn’t sound right . . .
Whites don’t like to talk about slavery because we think blacks blame us for it. Unless you actually owned slaves, and I’m pretty sure that you haven’t, no one is blaming you for slavery. However, if you turn away from the racism that still exists today as a result of slavery; if you promote that racism; if you argue that it does not exist, you should absolutely feel guilty, because you are guilty — not just of hurting your fellow citizens, but hurting our entire country.