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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #27)

Thu Nov 7, 2013, 01:37 PM

38. I think there is a definite imbalance of power between different races in our society.

And that white people pretty much uniformly get the better end of that deal.

I don't like the term white privilege, because I think far too often it is a description of a statistical average (white people being generally better off) that is applied on the individual basis. I've known white people that grew up with basically the entire deck stacked against them (poor, biological problems, abusive parents etc...) in that respect I'd consider them way worse off than a very wealthy African American going to a private school from a loving family. To me, the term white privilege implies that every white person has an innate advantage over every minority. We're all a function of many very different socioeconomic factors and I think that "white privilege" is too much of a simplification. Essentially, I think it is fair to say white people enjoy an unfair advantage, but I don't think it is fair to say any individual white person is "privileged" if all you know about them is their race.

That said being white is on the whole going to give you a better footing in society. There is a ton of empirical evidence for that, like "white sounding names" receiving on average far more interview call backs than "black sounding names" when you empirically control for qualifications. I can probably find the journal article for that if you want.

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