What is Privilege?
What is Privilege? by Rory for The Daily Coin
We hear a lot about this nonsense of “white privilege”. What we don’t hear is the truth about privilege and who, specifically, benefits from the privilege of being born to this race or that race. Individuals have zero control over where they are born, what race they will be born into, what religion their family follows and what country they are born in. Only God can make these decisions, the individual has no say in any of these aspects of their life.
For the record, I’m white. I was born in Middle Tennessee in the USA, my family was financially poor and I was born into a Christian family. None of which I had any control over nor any say in the matter.
My birth certificate is addressed to government subsided housing – the ghetto where I was born is still there to this day. While it looks a lot different, mainly due to the oversized parking lot that was added to accommodate people OWNING cars, the cracker-box sized housing unit has not changed with the exception of paint and a couple of very minor cosmetic updates.
My privilege extended all the way through my early childhood where I was, not only a witness to domestic violence, but the recipient of the actions of a very violent dad. Divorce, when I was 5 years old, and a single mom working two jobs was another layer of my white privilege. I was a latch-key-kid before the phrase was first uttered. When we left section 8 housing me, my mom and two brothers, lived in a house that is 884 square feet – a 2/1 – accommodating four people. Not much larger than the section 8 housing but we were no longer receiving a hand up, we made it out. Everything I have I earned. I worked for it and no one take it away except God.
So, what exactly do these people mean when they use the phrase “white privilege”?
Won’t let anyone pass her in the aisle cause that would be ‘white privilege’. pic.twitter.com/je5BV3FJEG
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) September 11, 2020
Earlier today someone was kind enough to codify what “privilege” is – funny thing about this list of privileges – it never showed up at my house nor in my life. I’m now staring 60 years of age in the face and I’m still waiting. Maybe these people acting like bottom-feeders, screaming “white privilege” are merely projecting their own privilege and instead of being grateful they are receiving untold riches from someone else’s effort, they commit random acts of violence, riot and commit acts of arson and murder to show their brand of appreciation.
Check out this list and let me know what you think…
from a comment on a YouTube Video by TheSnakeIsSolid
1) Privilege is wearing $200 sneakers when you’ve never had a job.
2) Privilege is wearing $300 Beats headphones while living on public assistance.
3) Privilege is having a Smartphone with a Data plan, which you receive no bill for.
4) Privilege is living in public subsidized housing where you don’t have a utility or phone bill and where rising property taxes, rents and energy costs have absolutely no effect on the amount of food you can put on your table, which is largely covered by Government Food Stamps.
5) Privilege is having free health insurance for you and your family that’s paid for by working taxpayers who often can’t afford proper health coverage for their own families.
6) Privilege is having multiple national organizations promoting and protecting just your race alone — that are subsidized by federal tax dollars.
7) Privilege is having access to a national college fund that supports only one race.
8) Privilege is having a television network that supports only one race.
9) Privilege is having most of the media news networks refuse to cover incidents wherein one race (one-eighth of the population) commits 50% of the crimes.
10) Privilege is the ability to go march against, and protest against anything that triggers you, without worrying about calling off from work and the consequences that accompany such.
11) Privilege is having as many children as you want, regardless of your employment status, and be able to send them off to daycare or pre-school you don’t pay for.
12) Privilege is being able to vote in many states without showing a driver’s license, voter ID card or other credentials — just because your race claims they should be exempt from such requirements.
13) Privilege is being able to riot, loot, commit arson and tear down historic monuments without consequences — just because you don’t like folks such as Columbus, U. S. Grant or even Lincoln.
14) Privilege is being able to get into almost any college of your choosing based on your race, not your grades or merit.
15) Privilege is having most of your life paid for by the working men and women who DO HAVE TO DEAL WITH RISING TAXES AND COSTS! You know, those you now call “PRIVILEGED.”
Yeah, that sounds a lot like someone else’s privilege, because that list of privileges never showed up at my house. That list has never been part of my life and my white skin has not afforded me one of these items. I do have the privilege, as is pointed out, of paying higher and higher taxes for those that benefit from those of us who still believe in hard work, being responsible and caring for their family and community. So, I guess I am privileged.
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have
These words were spoken by Gerald Ford in an address to Congress on August 12, 1974. He reiterated them as part of his closing remarks of the Republican National Convention of 1996, held in San Diego, California.
The full context of the quote (from the convention) is as such:
What is it, in a few words, that all Republicans believe? We believe – along with millions of Democrats and Independents – that a government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have. Source
The above is a reminder to those living off the government dole of the price you will pay. You may not pay today, but rest assured, you will pay.