It is difficult to get my head around exactly what people mean by the term, "white Privilege." And worth a separate discussion in depth, but suffice it to say that right now I understand that it means that the lighter your skin...the more "white" you are...the more you are likely to succeed.
President Obama is half "white." At least that is what I have read and been told. So...do these people that espouse "white privilege" intend to indicate that it was the white half of Mr. Obama's lineage that got him elected, and not his striving and his accomplishments? Because general statements that are proven to be true also hold up when brought down to the specific...and that is what we are talking about in this case: did, in fact, "white privilege" predestine that Mr. Obama would win the Presidency. That seems absurd on the face of it: his opponent was much lighter complexioned...although with a healthy tan, and in contrast Mr. Obama was darker. If "White Privilege" is such an element of the failure of African-Americans to make more progress than so far accomplished, why and how is it explained in the face of Mr. Obama's election victories?
I must admit that this thought is NOT original with me; I heard the subject raised last night on "Red Eye Radio" and the concept leapt out into my brain, slept and broke out again this morning, yearning for release.
Another twist on this whole subject: suppose two African Americans are vying for the same position...private industry or public office...are we being told that automatically the lighter skinned one will get the job or be elected? It seems to me that is what is being argued by those who claim every white person in America benefits improperly from "white privilege."
Also...does tanning count? I mean, if one person has a deeper tan than another, does that mean that the pale one will win in an election for public office?
And...how does this concept account for the original proclamation that President Clinton was our first "black President?" Does that mean that President Obama is now left with the historical footnote of being our first Muslim President? The concept of guilt by skin complexion is murky at best...it would seem that letter grading wouldn't work...that we would have to make it a numerical system based on pigment density. And...what would be the base line? Do we need different base lines for different races, since they clearly do not start out equal.
Perhaps we can get the Global Climate Change folks investigating this...providing grant and government funding is available...