White privilege is best described as the societal privilege that benefits white people over non-white people in some societies, particularly if they are otherwise under the same social, political, or economic circumstances.
For some strange reason, when I see Kayleigh McEnany I automatically think of WHITE PRIVILEGE. Kayleigh’s parents created The McEneny Roofing Company in 1985 which they built, and it became a 15 million dollar Company. On the surface, very impressive, however, I couldn’t find any information about her grandparents or great grandparents; generational wealth is a quiet donor. Generational wealth is automatically passed from one generation to the next. Sometimes it comes in the form of land, homes, businesses, cars, and of course money. In no way am I diminishing the success of her family-owned company; however Most recipients are oblivious of receiving any assistance, especially White Conservatives. They seem to have this belief that they pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps, not knowing or realizing the gift of wealth that they were born into. I suspect, if successful White Americans age fifty-five and older would have the courage to do research on their great-grandparents to the present day, they would probably be surprised to find out what most intelligent Black Americans have always known all along…wealth passed on.
Kayleigh was once extremely critical of Trump even to the point of joining the choir in calling Trump “racist and hateful” in 2015. Nonetheless, when you’re rich, young, pretty, and White you can become The White House Press Secretary. White Reporters will not, and Black Reporters dare not confront Kayleigh McEnany nationally about her transformation. On the other hand, had Kayleigh been a person of color, she would have to explain her change in opinion every time she speaks, and everywhere she goes…this my friends is a prime example of WHITE PRIVILEGE.
By now, I hope we all can agree that Trump has done and continues to do things that President Obama could have never done and survive as President. In a previous blog, DEMOCRACY BROKEN I pondered, “Today, many of us are wondering what do we, how do we, and where do we start to bring back some sense of sanity? Is the divide too wide?”
Trump and his surrogates are still stuck on holding on to their WHITE PRIVILEGE, not knowing the Train left the station after the death of George Floyd.
Prior to George Floyd’s murder, America was comfortable in throwing out tokens to Black Americans. On the surface, many Black Americans were comfortable receiving whatever tokens of good America was willing to give. The Presidency of Barrack Obama was a big token, however, the way he was treated was hurtful, embarrassing, and shameful. White Americans have no idea how angry many Black Americans still are especially in retrospect of how Trump is being treated. People of color carry the brunt and burden of being subjected to constant questioning and ridicule for the success they do achieve, whereas White Americans seemingly never have that experience, one might call it WHITE PRIVILEGE.
( Here’s some food for thought: America made Elvis Presley and The Beatles superheroes, imagine if Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Whitney Houston, LeBron James, and other great Black Americans were White? They would probably be GODS each owning a Planet.)
There are still many Mountains for us to climb and many Rivers of troubled waters for us to cross over. Black Americans have proven to be a resilient and determined group of people, not easily broken. “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around”
“As citizens, we knew we had ceded some of our individual rights to society in order to live together as a community. But we did not believe this social contract included support for an immoral system. Since the people invested government with its authority, we understood that we had to obey the law. But when the law became suppressive and tyrannical when human law violated divine principles, we felt it was not only our right, but our duty to disobey. As Henry Thoreau strongly believed, to comply with an unjust system is to accept abuse. It is not the role of the citizen to follow the government down a path that violates his or her own conscience” Congressman John Lewis.
An important key to remember (which I’ve previously spoken about) is that White Americans are angry too. So many of those who have benefited from the system are now using their privilege to their advantage; donating some of their wealth to organizations to help people of color, using the platform that they may have inherited, and risking their lives protesting for what is right amidst a global pandemic. I see you and I thank you. Sadly it doesn’t erase the fear Black Americans have when getting pulled over. It doesn’t erase the struggles immigrants face when it comes to housing. Nor can it ever wipe all the blood off America’s hands. But in understanding that White privilege is a growing monster that is deeply rooted in this country we can take steps to confront the beast.
*Zippa.com on The McEnany Roofing Company
*CNN Politics on Kayleigh McEnany
*Congressman John Lweis
*Wikipedia on WHITE PRIVILEGE
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