The Anatomy of “White Privilege”
White people are afraid to pull the plaster off . . .
If you are white, and you actually believe “white privilege” is a thing in 2020, then you might be regurgitating generalisation-buzzwords without having considered the underlying reason beneath why you assume everything is the fault of your skin colour.
TL;DR – “…think of the poor, starving Ethiopians! Eat your dinner!”
Yea, because the death of all of Africa is the fault of a white-skinned six year old, thanks for that bit of programming.
Racism is a dangerous subject, full of anger, rage, vitriol, and (in the case of white folk) unconscious fear due to association to past colonialism.
But to avoid discussing the elements of racism, while continually shutting people down with generalisation buzzwords, is to bathe in ignorance and to avoid talking about the underlying issues honestly.
Therapy for the white-guilt narrative
No therapist on earth would suggest the use of buzzwords to avoid discussion on a difficult topic.
And yet currently, buzzwords help us obediently maintain the polarized concept that – all non-whites are oppressed, and all whites are the oppressors. But there is no modern-day truth to this narrative, it is historical at best, and a distorted version of a distant-past is consistently used to weaponise the argument in the present. White people do not even argue, why?
If the line of “privilege” division can be drawn anywhere today, it is between First-world and Third-world countries. All the multi-cultural inhabitants of the First-world are equally guilty of the economic enslavement of the Third. But this is not the subject of discussion here.
Racism is a personal experience
Racism is a personal experience that occurs moment to moment, it cannot be generalised successfully because it is often not experienced by two people in the same way. Yet we use generalisation-buzzwords to imply it exists everywhere, at all times, and this is patently false.
I am not here to discuss black people’s experiences directly, nor deny their experiences, nor am I denying the age of Empire that happened 400 years ago that without doubt committed horrors, and neither am I talking about 1950’s Alabama, nor experiences in third-world countries. I am talking about white people using buzzwords on each other, today, in the first-world, in the year 2020, and believing the buzzwords carry a truth that should not ever be questioned.
Generalisation buzzwords are being used to aggressively maintain the narrative, create further division, and to completely avoid any hope of constructive discussion or resolve of the racism that does exist, in everyone.
The buzzwords that help you avoid that awkward discussion about the facts
Here are a few of the generalisation-buzzwords, that we all know very well, and that whites cower before when accused of them…
white privilege (every white person on earth is born free and rich)
white supremacy (400 year old acts of the few who benefited, applied to all who didn’t today)
systemic racism (in some places, maybe, but it is localized and never quantified properly or honestly)
white oppression (disputing any of the above exist)
white power (black power is cool, white power implies you are a fan of Hitler)
hate speech (white people questioning the narrative)
free speech (if you are white, see “hate speech”)
racist (only whites can be racist)
Polarising the non-whites against the whites
The following labels are by definition racist, they are also designed to deliberately polarise non-whites against whites by lumping them all together for convenience, thus making it easier to blame white people for everything, while claiming equal levels of victim-status for all non-whites regardless of experience or cultural origin, simply based on membership.
People of Colour (Anyone not white skinned)
BAME (Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic – even the Trans folk get in on this one)
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour)
How are these terms racist? If you are excluding a group, then by definition, that is racial discrimination. Is my skin colour translucent to you? I have a colour, why am I being targeted for exclusion exactly?
And consider this. How can a rich Asian born in China, moved to USA, and now enjoying life as a trust-fund STEM student, compare their experience to the life of a Black African-American, born in Chicago, in a community with a gang problem and with no family money or opportunity to escape? The two are incomparable. But PoC membership makes it all okay, they can fight white supremacy, that they did not necessarily ever experience, together.
I genuinely have had arguments online with black Africans, that turned out to be Asian kids from rich families attacking whites for god knows what reason, but claiming PoC status as if it automatically endorses them with privileges of poverty, and conveniently made me, as a white outsider, the oppressor by default. This was used in an attempt to silence me and shut down a conversation.
Refuse ALL use of Generalisation-Buzzwords
I no longer accept the use of the above buzzwords in any discussion as a result. I refuse to recognise them. I consider them racist, false and discriminatory, because they are.
I will absolutely focus on it when they are used and start to undo them as racism until the person is willing to use less convenient terminology charged with false narrative.
I accept only terminology that defines the individual properly – non-white, asian, black african-american, black, white, Indian, or definitive cultural references are fine because it is important to differentiate the experience of the individual.
One persons cultural life experience, is absolutely not the same as anothers, and PoC and other racist terminology, allows the hijacking of victim-status and cultural mis-appropriation that is incorrect and fraudulent to use because it is designed to separate out white skinned people for targeting.
It is not about equality, it is about power
This deliberate exclusion is not about creating equality, these buzzword terms are being used to create division and to gather groups together under one banner that actually experience very different lifestyles, different history, different levels of racism or lack of it, and have no correlation to each other’s worlds at all. In many cases, they are even, themselves, in racial wars with one another back in their countries of origin.
Make joining the polarisation club worthwhile
All any non-white has to do, is to agree that whites are the problem and join the buzzword club, it’s free. And then, rather than have to take any personal responsibility or consider their own cultural experiences, they get to borrow from anyone in the PoC or BLM camp. It creates a sense of unity, I get it. The shared experience of targeting those rich, privileged whites, they hallucinate exist, must be fun.
There is also real rewards for doing this, because it then empowers non-whites to receive ever-growing advantages in the social world and financial world too.
If I was non-white, I would consider it tempting to ignore the obvious selling-out of my personal integrity, and to claim my prize as a victim of “ethnic minority victim status”. All the rewards, claims, and hand-outs that such a position offers, would become available to me. Lots of free stuff, control of whites in conversation, blame cops for everything, blame your life on white oppression, front of line access to education, get to play victim based on PoC values of others and not your own meager experiences, getting lots of attention, being seen, being acknowledged. There is a bunch of value in this especially for the young with no experience of their own to fall back on or lay claim to.
Ironically, whites have also been programmed at an early age to encourage this in non-whites (and I will get to that shortly).
To question the narrative, IS racist “hate speech”
Of course, to even wonder on the validity of such things as a white person, makes me a racist.
There will be no discussion. Just a battering with buzzwords, potential loss of job, banning from social media, your Paypal and Visa accounts locked and frozen, and your name held up in public labelled as an “ALT-RIGHT, WHITE, HATE SPEECH, SUPREMACIST!”.
Yea, how convenient “Hate Speech” laws are to legally suppress public discussion by white people.
How I became a “racist”
I need to give some background into why I have come to regard the entire lexicon of generalised-buzzwords to be a sham. They are incorrect, they are outdated, and they have become the Identity Politics used by people to win arguments and shut whites, and non-whites, down whenever they dare to question the narrative.
Here is how I became a “racist” . . .
In the late 1980s my gran was brutally murdered in a black home invasion in Zimbabwe, a bunch of my family then got pushed out to South Africa to avoid Mugabe’s incoming regime. I don’t profess to know that side of my family very well, other than my gran, because I was living in England, but it is still my family and has sat with me for decades.
I have been made to feel like a racist every day since I was quite young, all because I am part of the colonial past in Africa. This guilt has been with me all my life and the First-World messaging endorses it constantly. There is no point at which this blame is finally paid for. It goes on, and on, and on. 40 years of it so far, and still the blame level is rising. (The involvement of the World Bank and Charity in this travesty would require a whole other article to explain, or better yet read the book by Dambisa Moyo – Dead Aid, that explains it much better than I ever could.)
When my gran had her throat cut in front of my granddad, I was forced to face some very mixed emotions about that. No one in my family knew what to say, no one dared discuss the skin colour relevance, nor the murder at all. In fact, many of my family still consider white-skin to be privileged, and that we owe reparations without end. I see that as fundamentally unresolved white-guilt, and I will get to why it exists shortly.
Verbal abuse followed by a hospital visit
In the 1990s, I got in a row in the street in Islington after someone nearly ran me over at a zebra-crossing. I kicked the car in response to it nearly taking my leg as I leapt out of the way. The car stopped and a black family got out. I was called a “blood clot”, a “pussy clot”, spat on, and then eventually the mum who was hurling most of the abuse close up in my face, told her son to hit me, and he did. I was KO’d, and woke up in hospital. I got a broken nose and a fractured skull for my troubles.
Late night hunting white boys
One night walking home from a late-night club in Camden, a car pulled up in the empty street I was walking down. An Indian in the passenger seat asked me directions. I knew something was fishy and kept my distance. The next moment a bunch of Indians bailed out of the car and chased me down the street. They were looking to beat up a random white guy for fun. I got away. There were a number incidents of this nature during my twenty years spent living in London, as I was often out late and alone headed home.
Justified robbing of white people
Later that month I was working at a night-club, listening to one of the black bouncers there tell me about how he often went into the local park and robbed white people. His genuine belief was that they owed him reparations for the slavery that happened in Africa. Turned out that it did not happen to his family at all, they moved to England much later. His justification for this was solid in his view, and he saw it as completely fine. He told me this with his foot up on his shiny new SUV. He was proud of his abilities to help white people part with cash at the threat of violence. I said nothing. I did not want to upset him.
White people cannot experience racism
I have many other such stories, of how white people cannot experience racism.
Any time I have ever tried to discuss any of these experiences, I have either been shut down, accused of being a racist, or been told how it is the fault of the Empire, and my white privilege, to assume that these people were not suffering from white oppression, and that was why they did what they did. This is white people that shut me down, not blacks, sometimes Indians do. But I did not dare talk to black people about any of this. I was too afraid of their reaction, and mine, if we got too deep into it.
The roots of white-guilt
1. “Think of the poor, starving Ethiopians.”
This has been drilled into the mind of white children since at least the 1960s. I bet you heard it too. I certainly did in the 1970s, and it was used to force me, by guilt, to finish my dinner. No biggie, but consider the ramifications.
What happens, when you are six years old and your guardians white-shame you incessantly into thinking that the whole reason Africa has a problem is because of you and your skin colour? What are you going to grow up thinking?
This is just one reason why white people are unconsciously afraid to question the narrative. They have been white-shamed since a young age to believe everything is the fault of whites. So much so, that they fear it being questioned and often will attack anyone doing so. White-guilt runs deep. The message is constant in our culture too.
There’s Big Money in white-guilt
The World Bank and Charities have been driving the bus since the 1940s to “Save Africa”, because it pays very well. Yet not one single country in Africa has been saved, not even close. We have plowed trillions upon trillions into the continent. When is this day going to arrive? Answer – it isnt. It never was.
It was always about taking money off white people and keeping Africa in a state of corruption, hand-out addiction, and civil war. Really those charities and the World Bank have achieved one thing very well – They have absolutely destroyed black Africa, why? In order to exist themselves. (See Dambia Moyo’s book – Dead Aid, mentioned earlier).
White people have been encouraged to believe that they are the problem for decades to part with cash. But are they?
If you are honest, white-dominant countries are the only places that ever tried to find a solution to racism, and continue to do so. So, how much money is going to be enough? How much reparation? No amount will be enough.
When are we going to look at the reality of what is going on, and see that it does not work to create a hand-out culture, yet we are now doing it in our own back-yards.
2. Non-white countries have been taught and encouraged to be racist.
This may seem like deflection, but it is relevant because of the kind of debates that I have experienced when trying to talk to Indians or Chinese, especially, when they are accusing me of racism, while dodging their own complicity in it. I try not to go there with black Africans or African-Americans because it can easily get aggressive and ugly, but it is really not much different.
I firmly believe that absolutely everyone is racist, it is written into our hunter-gatherer instincts of survival to spot a friend or foe coming out of the bush. The difference is that whites are taught they are racist, and non-whites are taught that they are not.
Ignore non-white racism, target white-guilt
White people will shut themselves down when they get labelled racist, mostly for the reason I mentioned previously – White-guilt is instilled in us at a young age and continually reinforced every day by a strong white-blame message in our culture.
Speaking against that narrative, does not illicit a rational response from other whites, it illicits a fear response and then anger, “You can’t say that, you must be a RACIST! REEEEEEET!”
Meanwhile, non-white countries nurture racism
Indians and Chinese, and in fact most non-white nations, do not have this ingrained guilt that white people have. They often have the opposite, despite historically being equally guilty of invasion, slavery, genocide, racism, colonialism, and cultural human-rights abuse. In many cases, still occurring.
Most non-white countries encourage caste and class racism, and are not checked on this at all. There is plenty of documented proof of just how violent and racist most of those countries still are. It is not often questioned. And so within the castes or class systems, it is often accepted and encouraged in those countries of origin to this day. Non-whites cannot be accused of racism. Yet, the whole reason for seeking refuge in the first place, is often due to non-white racism they have experienced from non-whites, or even meted out.
Yet when these non-whites arrive, or grow up, in First-world cultures, all this racism going on back home is forgotten about and replaced by the convenient message that, if they use PoC, BAME, or BLM, then they too can benefit from claiming systemic white-racism as the real problem. This will be positively encouraged by their peers, and white people alike, even if they never personally experienced it, they can make use of it by supporting PoC, BAME, and BLM.
Never once, is the question of their own inherent cultural racism considered. The racism occurring in their country of origin is also forgiven and forgotten, and suddenly they find themselves living in a world where “white people cannot experience racism”, and they can benefit from joining their voice to this message of claiming racial inequality at the hands of whites.
Ethnic Privileges – Encouraged by Whites
In the traditionally white-dominant countries that non-whites have moved to, either seeking refuge or by earning their way in, it is far easier for them to then use the white-racist whipping-stick that they are freely offered, than to discuss their own racism or question it’s validity. White people encourage this approach.
Why would non-whites need to look at their own racism, if they can instead claim “ethnic minority victim status”, immediately gain inclusive access to the PoC club, that can then claim colonial historical abuse simply by membership, and they can immediately benefit from it? White people encourage this approach.
It is of benefit to all non-whites to join in this white-shaming, because the white skin colour is an obvious and easy target, they can see it. There is also the common belief that whites cannot experience racism, and of course, the fact that non-white racism has been nurtured, encouraged, and endorsed back home makes it a great opportunity to pretend you are not from a racist country, not racist yourself, and then blame whites for all your woes. White people encourage this approach.
Non-whites never see their own racism, it gets conveniently upgraded to them being the victims on arrival in the First-world, or birth in it. They only see, and are free to target, alleged white racism even if it happened last 400 years ago in a country they were not even connected to. And even when it does not exist, they can claim it does with impunity because PoC, or BLM and “white systemic racism” buzzwords make it real, they can borrow it. White people encourage this approach.
Today we have laws protecting non-whites even in conversation. If they are challenged in discussion by someone with white skin, this is called “hate speech”. Even if you were the son or daughter of Pol Pot or Idi Amin and committed atrocities yourself, you will be considered a victim of white oppression the moment you set foot in a white-dominant country, and are willing to become a member of PoC club. If in doubt, or caught in a crime, blame the Police for racially targeting you. White people encourage this approach.
3. Using buzzwords to oppress discussion
Anytime someone doubts the narrative, the generalisation-buzzwords get applied. Whites fear the labels and exist in a state of continual virtue-signalling to non-whites, for fear of being ostracised or triggering their deep rooted (inner six year old’s) sense of shame.
Censorship and the application of so-called Hate Speech Laws are growing exponentially powerful, and they have become the perfect tools to silence anyone questioning the narrative, and to help non-whites get into positions of power, education, jobs, a house, free money, whatever they need really.
4. Applying Double-Standards and Privilege to non-whites
When a non-white person claims that, “Every day I have to resist knee-capping white men” – as Priyemvada Gopal did in her unfortunate Twitter reveal, and when she later claimed “No white lives matter” in a similarly veined tweet. It was considered freedom of speech. The University of Cambridge even posted a commitment to support her right to do so, and in response, elevated her to a professorship at Cambridge University.
But when whites question the narrative, it is considered hate speech to do so. Jordan B Peterson was stripped of his fellowship and refused the right to speak to students at the very same University of Cambridge almost exactly a year before, when they accused him of political wrong-think, and “in opposition to the principles of the University“.
5. Never let blame land in the non-white community, especially if it belongs there
To suggest that any issue may lie within the non-white community itself, is regarded as the epitome of systemic white racism and colonial oppression.
To suggest that an environment of equality already exists for non-whites in the first world, that all reparations possible have already been made, that all opportunities are equally available, that the problems faced by the non-whites are more to do with other non-whites, than with whites. To dare to ask if the community of non-whites is having a problem with it’s own racism, or maybe is where the root cause of the problem might be found? Don’t you dare!
All these questions are considered sacrilegious, and no white person would dare to utter them for fear of being labelled a racist and run out of social-media town. Spurious acts of intense white virtue-signalling will follow any such event. Knees will be taken, desperately. Statues will be pulled down and a few risque white commentators will be taken out the back and shot.
To utter these suggestions is probably the most terrifying thing a white person can do. Even as I write this, I am feeling a strange unconscious fear, almost as if I am going against God. Why? Because I am a six year old white boy being told to, “Think of the poor, starving, Ethiopians!” How dare I question the authority that taught me that I am guilty by definition of my skin colour! Those poor non-whites, of course it is all my fault.
White virtue-signalling is the infantization of non-whites.
And white privilege, is closet racism disguised beneath a superiority complex, because you actually believe those people are desperate, and need your help.
None of this is helping anyone achieve equity. But worse, the generalisation buzzwords are stopping any of us even being allowed to talk about it.
How to move forward
I”ll save most of it for another post, this one is long enough but a couple of things before I go…
Addiction to the guilt-trip
The first problem for an addict is admitting to being an addict.
Whites are addicted to the idea that we are guilty because it was programmed into us before we could think for ourselves.
We seriously need therapy, unfortunately the therapist will probably tell us that it is all our fault because we are white. Even the therapists need therapy. Whites often desperately want non-white people to like them, and will virtue-signal like crazy to achieve it. White people fear that they are not doing enough to save the “poor, starving, Ethiopians”. But we can never do enough, truth is, we should probably not be doing anything.
To torture yourself eternally is a form of addiction. It is culturally quite common in white folk since ancient times. There is no end-point in sight with this, it is an endless demand that is being made by non-whites for reparations that are not even legitimate, but it works, so why would they stop to question it.
If you keep giving, others will keep taking
Non-whites don’t know why we are so fucking stupid, because they don’t suffer the problem. Of course they are going to take everything we give away. But taking everything from whites did not work in Zimbabwe, and it will not work anywhere else either. Handout-culture destroys, we have plenty of evidence of this, if we look.
It is especially ridiculous to apologise if there is no crime that you, personally, have committed. A masochistic reflection of submission to someone else’s false-cause, does not qualify anything. It is just more desperate attempts to appease your confused, guilt-ridden inner six year old.
How can any of us be guilty of colonial crimes that we did not personally commit at all? None of this racism debate makes any sense, why? Because it is not even allowed to become a debate to find out what is really going on. It happened in the past, it must be something that effects the present, right? Well, no, probably not, times are different now, but this should be allowed to be questioned, not just accepted due to buzzwording, or else!
The Generalisation-Buzzwords get applied, and the white folk drop to their knees to beg forgiveness for something they did not do. They do not even know what they are begging for, they are just reacting to their inner six-year old’s endless sense of guilt. Did any one of those white people down on their knees ever do anything bad to a non-white person ever? Of course most of them did not, and so why are they on their knees, begging? Why indeed.
This is the question we should now be asking ourselves. Then seek the right kind of therapy to fix it.
Mark’s main pastimes include Meditation, Tantra, and the study of human behaviour. He is also a travel-writer, author of fiction and non-fiction, and occasional music producer. His complete list of books and music publications are available through his website www.MarkDKBerry.com