By Pete Papaherakles
“White privilege” is a term heard often lately, as an underhanded accusation against whites. It refers to a theoretical set of privileges that whites benefit from beyond those experienced by blacks and other minorities in the community, workplace or schools. Although whites might not even be aware of these supposed advantages, they somehow enjoy unfair benefits that presumably need to be addressed and eliminated in order to really level the playing field and achieve true racial equality.
The term “white privilege” was coined by Theodore W. Allen during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Its roots derive from critical race theory, an offshoot of the Frankfurt School’s critical theory, a Marxist tactic by which criticism is used as a weapon to take down the establishment’s power structure.
On December 24, this reporter interviewed professor Kevin MacDonald on his thoughts about the validity of white privilege.
“There is no such thing,” he said. “It’s a total fabrication put out there just as a way to further affirmative action programs.”
MacDonald, a professor at Caltech, has written several articles on this issue including a review of an article by Ron Unz, publisher of The American Conservative, entitled “The Myth of American Meritocracy: How corrupt are Ivy League admissions?”
Asked about whether this notion applies to employment opportunities, Dr. MacDonald explained: “These types of accusations are a throwback to pre-civil rights conditions more than half a century ago. Today, the opposite is actually happening. Blacks are being hired at jobs though they are less qualified than whites, due to affirmative action.”
Almost all of the largest Fortune 500 corporations have affirmative action and diversity programs that discriminate against white people in hiring. They also have programs of discrimination that favor non-whites in promotions and advancements. But blacks are often overrepresented at a rate much higher than the 13% of the population they comprise in the U.S.
On March 12, 2012, The Washington Times ran an expose on the racial makeup of the capital’s more than 3,000 public transportation bus and rail drivers for northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland.
“Ninety-seven percent of the bus and train operators at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority [Metro] are black,” wrote The Times, although blacks comprise only 28% of D.C.’s metropolitan area.
Citing several examples of discrimination, the article noted: “a white male engineer near completion of a Ph.D. was passed over for a management position in favor of a black man who was barely literate. . . . In typical examples, court and Metro records show, a black man who spent eight years in prison for dealing PCP was promoted to a high level management position soon after his release, and whites in the same positions as blacks with far less seniority are inexplicably paid less.”
And these are not low paying jobs, explained The Times. “The average Metro worker had a $60,000 salary, which rises to $69,000 including overtime. That is more than 71% of area residents who had an income in 2010, including 62% of whites, census records show.”
Blacks are also favored over whites in the 11 million government jobs including he U.S. Post Office, which has been called “a work program for blacks.” They make up over 20% of postal employees and the agency’s inefficiency is leading it to bankruptcy as FedEx and UPS are now dominating the parcel business.
MacDonald explained that the same reverse discrimination is happening with college admissions throughout the country.
“It is well documented that blacks are admitted even to Ivy League universities such as Harvard, with much lower SAT scores than whites,” he said.
The primary admission test today is called the Scholastic Assessment Test, or SAT. The typical score for students entering the nation’s most select colleges such as Harvard, Princeton and CalTech is 750 or above on both the math and verbal SAT.
Of the 153,132 blacks who took the SAT in 2005 in the entire country, only 244 of them scored 750 or above on the math section and 363 scored 750 or above on the verbal portion of the test. Yet in 2011, Harvard admitted 255 blacks as freshmen, 11.8% of a total of 2,158 new students that year.
Meanwhile, whites, who make up 65% of the United States population and tested on average 310 points higher than blacks on their SAT scores, only made up 44% of the admissions. And it gets worse. Of that 44%, 26% percent were Jewish, leaving gentile whites of European ancestry with only 18% representation.
Whites of European descent, whose ancestors actually built Harvard as well as the U.S., only get an 18% representation at their nation’s oldest and most prestigious university, hardly a sign of white privilege. Blacks, on the other hand, who mostly don’t even qualify for enrollment, get almost a 12% representation even though there are five times as many whites in the country. The fact that Jewish students are over represented 14 times more than their 1.8% population share is very telling. This ratio also applies to the faculty and administration. Larry Summers, a Jew, was Harvard’s president between 2001 and 2006. Harvard is not the exception in these demographics, but more or less the rule with most Ivy League colleges.
“White privilege” is nothing more than a term used to beat whites over the head with white guilt in order to take away what little power they have left.
“When White Americans of the future—quite possibly the very near future—discover the world they have lost and the reasons they lost that world, the results may well be cataclysmic,” warned MacDonald.
Pete Papaherakles is a writer and political cartoonist for AFP and is also AFP’s outreach director. Pete is interested in getting AFP writers and editors on the podium at patriotic events. Call him at 202-544-5977 if you know of an event you think AFP should attend.