The Power of White PrivilegeOn October 4, 2018 by Carley Grace
White people have certain advantages over other races. This is an undeniable fact that many white people will dispute or flat out deny, however that does not change the fact that white privilege exists. White people are less likely to be arrested and imprisoned for small crimes like possession of weed. White people generally have access to better education and as a direct result, they have access to better paying jobs in better environments. White people also have lower infant mortality rates than other races. It is indisputably horrific that white people have an advantage in the sense that their children are more likely to stay alive than anyone else’s children. White people make considerably more than other races. According to pew research, in 2015, the average hourly pay for a white male was $21 and the average for women was $17. If you thought that the gender wage gap was bad, think again. Both black and hispanic men make less than white women at $15/hour and $14/hour and it is still worse for black and hispanic women.
It is apparent to anyone who keeps up with the national news, that white people are less likely to face police brutality and they are also less likely to have the police called on them for doing mundane things. While technically more white people are shot and killed by police officers, (732 vs 381 in 2015 according to the Washington Post), after you adjust for the population statistics, the data tells a different story. White people are roughly 62% of the population and black people represent about 13% of the population. Only 49% of the police shooting victims were white, but 24% were black. That is nearly double what it should represent.
I was watching a comedy special by comedian D.L Hughley the other day. He was joking about some of the struggles the black community faces on the daily, then he said “If you are poor and white in America, then you are wasting your whiteness.” The thing about white privilege, is that, as a white person, I can never fully grasp how privileged I really am, because no one will ever treat me like someone who is not white. That is why it is so important to recognize that white privilege exists, just because you can not see it, doesn’t mean that others can’t.\