No, not all white people. But a substantial chunk of them. Just look at this collection of white reactions in today’s New York Times for examples.
This man just cannot understand the ingratitude.
“A lot of them have gotten better than fair shakes,” said Mark Johnston, a 61-year-old white merchandiser who was on the job on Thursday in Mehlville, in the mostly white and working-class southern reaches of St. Louis County. While expressing sympathy for the Brown family, he said of the events that have unfolded since the shooting — the protests, the looting, the cries of injustice — “I think it’s a crock of stuff, myself.”
A lot of “them?” If, by better than fair shakes, he means having the privilege of driving while black in order to fund the local police force, well, then ok. I don’t really blame Mr. Johnston, though. He’s just repeating what he watches on Fox News or reads on the Internet. Damn moochers.
You know he’ll swear it’s not about race but let me tell you about conversations I still have every day about the Affordable Care Act. It starts with them calling it welfare, which is, of course, code for money going to “those people.” When I answer that I’m one of “those people” benefitting from it, the response is inevitable. Looking at me sympathetically, they mutter something about how “it’s different for [me].”
Translation: Because I’m a middle-aged white chick, I deserve that premium assistance.
That’s white privilege right there.
Then there is Mr. White Flight: