Carefully notice the lack of logical thinking here. She’s not even following the line of questioning.
When privilege is in question, no matter how ignorant or intelligent a person is, they tend to retreat to illogical arguments that are easily refuted and they kinda resemble toddlers, except I actually like toddlers and toddlers make more sense.
And honestly, many White women would not tolerate such ridiculous arguments, lack of empathy and self-centeredness ("why bring up race if it’s not a problem for you?") if the question was gender and a White man posed this foolishness to them. They wouldn’t tolerate it. They would easily expose the ignorance. But magically when privilege (in this case White privilege) is in question, all bets are off.
The last GIF explains my life in so many ways… *rolls eyes*
The weirdest thing is that though this is from a satirical show (The Daily Show) and meant to discuss racism with humor, these are the real answers that most Whites give daily, so I couldn’t really laugh this time. I just felt tired.
the perils of trying to communicate this to white people in debates. in the many debates I’ve had the chance of witnessing, race comes up about 80% of the time, when discussing this in a diverse setting. and for whites, sometimes their mindset is ‘oh, why are they pulling the race card.’ but for blacks it’s, ‘understand that purely based off of what I look like, I will experience something totally different, give me the chance to explain.’
Before I even read the subtitles I knew everything I needed to know. The young white woman hardly brushed her hair this morning and is dressed extremely casually, but she is still credible enough to be asked a question. The black women have to have their hair pulled back neatly and be dressed professionally to achieve the same level of respect.
"White privilege affects every aspect of your life."
I think social & economic status has a lot to do with how people treat you also. Like a poor looking white man will be treated differently than a rich white man dress to the 9s. Same for a poor black man, and a rich black man. People treat Jay-Z differently than say some guy that lives on the street. It is not always about race. It is sometimes the economic & social status that you put off that you belong to.
A few notes:
1) keep in mind how socioeconomic and racial/ethnic circumstances are closely related.
2) yes, in general, Jay Z is probably going to be treated better than the average black man due to his account balance and power, but is he going to be treated better than a white man? Not necessarily. Recall what happened when Oprah was out of the country admiring a handbag. She was treated like a criminal even though she’s more rich that most of us can even imagine. Jay Z and Beyoncé were investigated for their trip to Cuba even though their trip was approved by the US Dept of Treasury. Do you know how many White Americans travel to Cuba without approval? Where are their investigations?
Chris Rock, one of the most important and well paid Black comedians of our time, said this: “In my neighborhood, there are four Black people. Hundreds of houses, four Black people. Who are these Black people? Well, there’s me, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z and Eddie Murphy. Only Black people in the whole neighborhood. So let’s break it down, let’s break it down: me, I’m a decent comedian. I’m a’ight. Mary J. Blige, one of the greatest R&B singers to ever walk the Earth. Jay-Z, one of the greatest rappers to ever live. Eddie Murphy, one of the funniest actors to ever, ever do it. Do you know what the White man who lives next door to me does for a living? He’s a f**king dentist! He ain’t the best dentist in the world…he ain’t going to the Dental Hall of Fame…he don’t get plaques for getting rid of plaque. He’s just a yank-your-tooth-out dentist. See, the Black man gotta fly to get to somethin’ the White man can walk to!”
White people always play this shit. “It’s about class, not race!” STFU.
Race and class are VERY interconnected. And it’s NOT poor white people out here being killed and harassed by the police, it’s poor Black communities.