Food Stamp FraudMultiple Facebook friends of mine have shared an article titled “30 People Arrested For Food Stamp Fraud; Guess How Many Were Black.” In each case I pointed out that the piece’s key statistic makes the headline laughable — “Approximately 99.83% of the population is white.” If a county’s population is 99.83 percent green, then it stands to reason that any 30 arrests in that area are likely to produce a lot of green people. It’s a meaningless statistic in a debate that requires data on a national level. Objective people can see this. However, when it comes to those with leftist ideological blinders on, even pointing out basic statistical truths becomes an occasion to use “white privilege” to end the debate.

The following exchange occurred between me and a friend I’ve known for roughly a decade:

Convo1In case of emergency, break the glass on the “white privilege” tool box and then go to work extinguishing any legitimate challenges to your worldview.

Convo2Question: Would my friend respond to the Daily Kos’s Ms. Shona — a liberal black woman who makes the exact same statistical case as Douglas “white privilege” Ernst — with “I think you view [this article] as discrimination while unlike most people being white comes with white privilege,”?

Answer: Of course not.

The reason why turning to “white privilege” is popular in any racial debate is that it’s the perfect intellectual crutch for the individual whose argument can’t withstand the weight of serious rebuttal.

Question: Would my friend tell Ms. Shona — a liberal black woman who makes the exact same statistical case as Douglas “white privilege” Ernst — “I recommend you watch ‘White Like Me’. Maybe you would think differently,”?

Answer: Of course not.

Using “white privilege” in an argument is like turning on a racial force field when your ideological bubble is about to burst.

Think about it this way: Tumblr CEO David Karp had his bubble burst on national television when he was discussing Net Neutrality. He couldn’t find a way to turn Net Neutrality into a race issue (e.g.,  “AT&T would think differently if its board of directors just watched ‘White Like Me’.”), and so he crumbled. When discussing race, white privilege will always be there for you — just like an old episode of (ironically, liberal white) “Friends.”

So no one told you life was gonna be this way. Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s D.O.A. It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear. When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year — but white privilege will be there for you (when the rain starts to pour). White privilege will be there for you (like I’ve been there before). White privilege will be there for you (’cause you’re there for me too)…

The bottom line is this: It’s a good bet that people who know how to use statistics and think objectively also know how to acquire wealth and influence. That has nothing to do with “white privilege” and everything to do with being a responsible individual in a complex civil society. My advice to the race-goggles wearing crowd is to take them off when you’re in your bedroom at night and read more books on basic statistics.

Related: ‘White Privilege’ artist: Does it exist, or do I simply lack critical thinking skills?

Related: Quintessential feminist Suey Park blames ‘structural whiteness’ for her personal problems

Related: Peggy McIntosh: Reading for race-baiting losers who write on their own face

Advertisements

About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

9 comments

  1. Good points! Hidden behind those white privilege cards is also the fact that these attitudes are actually harmful to minorities, People don’t see it but it is a way of asserting moral authority. It is a constant reminder to black folks that they are lessor, don’t have so called privilege, the deck is stacked against them. We do the same thing to women, when we relentlessly hype sexism and misogyny. After a while people begin to internalize those words and perceive themselves as victims. Then you start to walk in the world convinced you’re a second class citizen, powerless, missing the tools you need to navigate society. Soon we’ve got learned helplessness everywhere.

    1. Exactly. I look at a guy like William Kyle Carpenter — a real-deal Captain America — and what he’s gone through, and then I laugh when someone talks about how “white privilege” somehow holds them back from living a good life and completing the vast majority of their goals.

      Newsflash to the white privilege crowd: Everyone has problems. For some strange reason, I’m supposed to believe that a perfectly intelligent, capable minority son of a engineer should be coddled over, say, a white kid whose mom was an alcoholic and his dad beat him for the first 18 years of his life. Trying to play games like that is counter productive. I treat everyone as a unique spirit deserving of my trust and respect until they give me a reason to question that trust.

      The second someone starts talking about how I’m subconsciously racist or how I should figure out ways to offset “unearned benefits” for [insert group here] because of my “white privilege” is the moment where they begin bleeding credibility at a dangerous pace.

      I put myself through undergraduate and graduate school. I worked overnight shifts. I worked full time while going to school full time. There were a lot of “lean” years. There were a lot of stressful years. Life is hard. Life is often unfair. Making excuses wastes time — an asset you can never get back — that is best utilized when we focus on accomplishing the task at hand.

  2. Bravo sir! once again it needs to be pointed out on how statistics are being used to manipulate the ones that are not willing to look past their nose! Anyone can take a small sample enough times to find the right sample to make a narrative. I often ask is the reporter unskilled in statistics or are they flat out lying?

    Great work!

    1. Thanks, Truth! I was wondering how you would react to this one. I know that statistics is your forte, so I was hoping that the finished blog post would get the Truthwillwin1 seal of approval. 🙂

      I think a lot of writers really are weak when it comes to reading statistics, but the author discussed here was definitely being manipulative. Towards the end of his piece he sort of moderates his tone, but by that time it doesn’t matter — he packaged the product with an image and headline that aims to incite emotions. It’s pure click-bait for anyone who wants to share material that backs their worldview. At least the writer of the Daily Kos piece demonstrates that there are individuals on the left side of the political spectrum with a shred of integrity. The skewed racial statistics seen in this piece produce short term gains at the cost of long term credibility.

      This writer seems to be of the mindset that if he can convince a few people bogus statistics, then it doesn’t matter. The ends justify the means, which is also how the current administration likes things done (e.g., The Affordable Care Act, Obama’s unconstitutional executive order on immigration, the FCC’s Net Neutrality ruling).

  3. While I do feel this type of writing and behavior occurs on both sides of the political spectrum from my personal view I tend to see it more on the radical left. Notice I did not say moderate left for this behavior. I think we see it from sides that cannot look past what they want to see and the construct a narrative to prove their views. This type of behavior tends to create a mindset that looks for things to exploit rather than just telling the facts, they focus on small things and lose track of the full picture. Some believe this is unintentional while others believe it could be intentional in order to get others to buy in to their world views. I believe it is more mixed with some having more extreme tendencies than others.

    1. I agree. I think the reason why more of that sort of thing is found on the left is because they have the bulk of moral relativists on their side. If you don’t believe in universal truths, then it’s a good bet you’ll adopt an “ends justify the means” approach to life.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s