When mainstream journalists cover the White Privilege movement, many do so in a frighteningly naïve manner.
They present White Privilege activists as well intentioned citizens who simply want to remind us that racism still exists.
But there’s far more to their message and agenda than that.
These people are not like the civil rights activists of the 1950s and 60s. In those days activists criticized America because the benefits of democracy, personal liberty and free enterprise did not extend to minorities, particularly black Americans. They fought for inclusion into the great American system, so that all citizens could have a shot at the American dream.
But today’s White Privilege crowd – largely elitist college professors and K-12 teachers – reject the idea of making the American system work for everyone.
Their goal is to trash the system altogether, specifically targeting free enterprise, individualism, Christianity and free speech. Their goal is to remake America with some form of collectivist economy, and presumably some form of totalitarian government that could impose and maintain such a system.
They’re pursuing that goal by enlisting thousands of teachers from across the nation to push their ideas on naïve K-12 students.
Do you find all of this a bit over the top?
It’s frighteningly real.
Progressives Today and EAGnews recently sent an investigative reporting crew to the White Privilege Conference in Madison, Wisconsin on March 26-29, 2014. In attendance were 2,400 teachers, administrators and students from public schools throughout the U.S.
The conference dealt mostly with racial issues, but not in any sort of constructive manner. These folks preach that American society is inherently designed to benefit a small group of wealthy white elites. It’s almost as if they’re describing the United States at the turn of the 20th century, when black Americans were truly shut out of the system.
They ignore all the progress that’s been made in recent decades, to guarantee civil rights and create more economic opportunities for minorities.
Their answer when reminded that many black people (and members of other minority groups) have done very well within America’s free enterprise system?
“So there’s certainly a lot of Jews who, not a lot but there are some Jews who have been successful and assimilated up there. And of course some African-Americans. We can think of Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, people like that.
“So it’s a Christian culture and Christian framework, and some people can make it if they live like the white Christian men who are running things.”
What about the fact that an African-American has been elected President of the United States two terms in a row?
“The master’s house has a black face, but it’s still the master’s house. (Obama) works for the master of the system of white privilege.”
We have to wonder what President Obama would make of that statement.
Is there still racism in America? Of course. Have conditions improved significantly over time for minorities? Without a doubt.
But the White Privilege folks don’t see it that way at all. Check out some of the statements made by various speakers at the White Privilege Conference:
“Racism is central to America. It’s central to how the country was developed. It is central to how it operates right now. And if you don’t understand that you can’t actually understand how the country is developing and has developed.”
“We the people, so, when you go back to the Constitution, we the people, who was that? White men. Land owning. Wealthy. Christian. They claimed to be straight at the time. Who knows?”
“ … Race is driving about everything that’s happening in this country.”