With so many articles on white privilege these days, it's becoming a hot topic. #whiteguilt and all that.
The thing is, as Newton said, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
So while us whiteys must struggle eternally against the privilege that most of us are unaware we're actually burdened with, there is most certainly a flip side to this coin: black victimhood.
Just in case you think this is a new form of post modern psychobabble dreamed up by guilty white folks, the concept of black victimhood has been around for a while.
In fact, way back in 1911, an African American man, known as Booker T. Washington (you might have seen that name on the schools in a few sitcoms) warned against it. Here's a link, in case you still think I made it up: http://americanvision.org/5276/booker-t-washington-on-black-victimhood/#sthash.1ChQY8kS.dpbs
Here's a quote from the book he wrote where he mentions black victimhood: There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” (p. 118)
So, while white people will forever suffer the burden of their privilege, it seems that the equal and opposite reaction to it is the black victimhood that becomes entrenched in their racial opposite.
Isn't it nice to know that at least in terms of the long term, overwhelming crosses we all have to bear for events none of us actually had a part in, we are equal?
Perhaps, when we can both admit to these terrible afflictions, and when we can both overcome them, we will be truly equal.
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