The University of Minnesota-Duluth has launched an ad campaign about what the political class calls “white privilege.” The campaign could easily be tweaked for Saturday Night Live—it’s that silly.
Every claim the campaign makes is based on urban legends.
White people give their take on their privilege—being able to walk around a department store without being followed, drive a car in any neighborhood without being perceived as being in the wrong place and turn on the TV and see people of their ethnic and racial background represented.
For starters, my daughters and many of their white friends have been followed in a department store. Suspecting teens might shoplift is not specific to one race. Talk to a retailer. Or alternatively, to an innocent teen furious at being suspected of something she'd never do.
By the way, my own white home has been open to children of all races over the years. My own family includes more than one race. Just so you know.
As far as driving in any neighborhood, I wouldn’t recommend it. In cities where ethnic enclaves exist, there’s hostility to any stranger regardless of color. One example is the mob beating of two reporters in Virginia. They were white; their attackers were black. Wrong place, wrong time.
The most bizarre white privilege claim is being able to turn on the TV and see people of their ethnic and racial background. Right now you can’t turn on the TV without seeing our white/black president, our black attorney general and any number of black entertainers. South American ethnicities are also well-represented. Apparently the university doesn’t watch much TV.
The Unfair ad campaign is supported by various government entities, Lutheran Social Services and the League of Women Voters.
LSS should be ashamed—the organization just flipped the golden rule on its bottom. I won’t be donating to that organization anymore and furthermore, I plan to find out whether LSS gets federal funding. If it does, it should be discontinued. Promoting antagonism towards any race flips the basic tenets of Christianity upside down.
As for talking to teens about how to deal with police during a stop, I’ve had the same convo with my two white daughters. My older daughter made this necessary after a black cop wrote her a speeding ticket. We later learned the local government had put up an incorrect speed limit sign on the road where she was stopped, but that’s another story. She never got her money back.
The white privilege campaign is nothing more than prostitution of truth for political pandering. Any group or entity assisting that foolishness should be ashamed if a sense of shame still exists among the political and academic elites.
Meanwhile, teens are dying in the streets because many families produce children they don’t nurture and communities tolerate illegal activities and “respect” killings.
A major state university is spreading urban legends. Nothing new about that either.
What’s really outrageous is that a group would decide to speak for the whole white race on a social issue. Talk about prejudice and bias.
Maybe George Lopez could do a ‘Creepy Big White People’ skit to round out his ‘Creepy Little White Girl’ skits.
And by the way, President Barack Obama’s Dept. of Homeland Security promoted the hoodie/crime association.
Meanwhile, another example of prostituting the tragic death of a young teen is floating around the blogosphere. No shame.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/June 21, 2012)