Why Whites Don’t Have to Apologize For White Privilege

A North Carolina African-American woman was outraged by the fact that her 2nd grader came home with a sheet talking about “white privilege”.  The paper caused her second grader to ask his mother whether white people “are better” than him. She was angry because she thought as an African-American that it was her place to teach her son about race relations and not the schools.   You can find out more about this story here.

Below are statistics that the paper stated regarding “White Privilege” in America:

“Governors: 96% white

Top military advisers: 100% white

President and vice president: 100% white

Current POTUS cabinet: 91% white

People who decide which TV shows we see: 93% white

People who decide which books we read: 90% white

People who decide which news is covered: 85% white

People who decide which music is produced: 95% white

Teachers: 83% white”

Now let’s just take for granted that these numbers regarding white representation in these categories are right.  Next we will ask and answer a very important question – what percentage of the United States is White?

So according to the US Census Bureau 61 percent of the United States is White.  Now the “white privilege” preachers will say “See that does not match up with the fact that 85 to 90 percent and sometimes 100 percent of these key positions in our society are occupied by whites!”

I could answer some of the disparity as to why Whites occupy a higher that their demographic size proportion of these positions with the following statistics:

Marriage matters.  God’s design matters.  When you follow God’s design that a man and woman come together in marriage and THEN have children and raise them together you will have more success.

Someone might say “Well maybe whites marry more than the other races in the United States – but they divorce just as much! So how do you answer that?”  The statistics agree that relatively speaking divorce rates are the same amongst Blacks, Hispanics and whites as seen in the chart below:

First a note about divorce rates.  It is true that officially speaking they are down from their high point of 50 percent in the 1980s.  But the lowering divorce rate is deceptive in that the reason for lowering divorce rates is not because marriages are becoming more stable – it is because more people are NOT marrying and rather choosing to cohabitate instead.

Still it is accurate to say that roughly half of all marriages will end in divorce and that is a very sad state for the status of the family in our society.  As I have noted many times one of the largest reasons for divorce is because of feminist ideology which has allowed women to be the primary instigators of divorce at around 70%.

But coming back to this issue of divorce and race – notice the orange bar in the chart above.  While whites divorce at roughly the same rate as Blacks and Hispanics Whites remarrying at a significantly higher rate of 68.8 percent. What that means is Whites prefer marriage and they will most likely raise their children in a two parent home even if they divorce. Blacks and Hispanics tend to raise their children in single parent homes at a far higher rate than whites due to two factors – the first is they have children out of wedlock at much higher rates and secondly when they do marry and then divorce they are more likely to stay single after divorce.

I could list all kinds of statistics that show the relation between single parent families and poverty and crime but you can find those for yourselves on many government websites.

My point is it would be very easy to show that a sizeable part of the reason that Blacks and Hispanics do not hold positions of power at rates which match their demographic size in the United States is because of poor personal life decisions that affect their own lives and the lives of their children.  It is not hatred toward Blacks or Hispanics to make such a statement – but rather it is simply a statement of fact.

But now let’s look at this from another angle.  What if Blacks and Hispanics did not make these types of poor life decisions at much higher rates than whites? Would that completely account for the disparity in their representation in positions of power? The answer is no.

Ethnic Dominance Is a Human Trait Common to All Nations

Even though bad life decisions certainly can affect a minority ethnic group’s economic and power status within their countries it is not the only factor.  There is a significant factor that has absolutely nothing to do with bad life decisions on the part of a particular minority ethnic group that affects their economic and power status in any given nation at that is Ethnic Dominance.

Human beings naturally cluster by ethnicity and they naturally prefer their own ethnicity to others.  They consciously or unconsciously choose their own ethnicity in whom they marry, whom they associate with (like churches and other associations) and where they choose to live and they also chose societal policies which will benefit and preserve their ethnicity.

Now that does not mean there are not those that do in fact cross ethnic boundaries  – there are people like this in every ethnic group.  But these people are always a rarity. In other words is it not normal (the behavior of the majority in any group) for them to seek and prefer others outside their group.

In most countries whatever group occupies the ethnic majority tends to dominate that culture.  There are some exceptions like in the case of South African Apartheid where a minority of Whites ruled over a nation that was primary Black.

When America was founded, the majority of its inhabitants where those of British decent (English, Welsh or Scottish) and that is why we speak English and many of our laws are based in English common law. Even with large migrations of Germans and other ethnicities into the United States during the 19th century the Germans and others were forced to adapt themselves to the ways of the British ethnicity that founded the country.  But eventually these white Caucasians from various northern European nations intermarried to form a new white ethnicity here in America which continued to dominate the United States throughout the 20th century.  And yes this white ethnicity still dominates the United States today in 2018.

Why Whites Don’t Have to Apologize for White Privilege

One of the common themes I talk about on this blog is human nature.  Just because a certain behavior is normal for most humans does not make it right and just because something is not normal behavior for most humans does not make it wrong either.

As Christians we know that God created an original perfect human nature in the Garden of Eden.  I have argued from the Scriptures on this site that God created a distinct masculine and feminine types of the human nature in many places on this blog.  You can read my article “Is God more like man, more like woman, or a combination of the two?” for more on that subject.  But my point here is that there was a perfect set of human natures that God designed and sin corrupted both of those natures in different ways.

But common to both the masculine and feminine human nature is our preference for our own ethnicity.  The vast majority of both men and women tend to prefer their own ethnicity in most areas of life. So is this preference a sin?

The answer is while the Bible condemns all forms of hatred (and this would include racial) it does not condemn ethnic preference.  See my article “Is Self-Segregation a Sin in the Bible?” for an in-depth look at the Scriptures on this subject.  I argue the follow up article “Is Ethno-Nationalism a Sin against God or by His design?” that we can see in the Scriptures that while God created every nation from one blood – the blood of Adam – his ultimate plan was to divide humanity into nations by ethnic group.  It is part of our God giving programing to prefer our own ethnicity and desire to see our ethnic group grow and prosper.

This is why I do not fault Blacks or Hispanics or Asians or any other ethnic group from for preferring their own and desiring to see their ethnic group grow and prosper.  This is common to all humanity.

However while I understand their preference and their desire for the growth and prosperity of their own ethnic groups they must realize they are still in a culture that is ethnically dominated by Whites.   That is going to change over the coming decades as we know that White births are shrinking and minority birth rates are rising.

But that change is not here yet.

I am a white person with English, German, Polish, Scottish, Irish, American Indian and Jewish ancestry.  So you could say I am a majority White guy and no I don’t look Indian at all because that ancestry is really far back.

So because I share physical attributes with the dominant ethnic group in this country I may be treated differently and have some “privilege”.   Do I need to apologize for that? No I do not. And neither does any other White person in America.  Should we condemn racial hatred toward minorities as Christians? Absolutely.  When we see true injustice committed against a minority based on their ethnicity should we condemn such actions? Yes.

But we as Whites should no more apologize for being white, or preferring our own than we should apologize for gravity. 

It is the nature of how the world works and it is not a sin against God to behave in this way.  As I have argued in other articles it is actually by God’s design.  Also we as White parents need to start standing up to this White privilege garbage that is being shoved down the throats of our students at all levels of our education system.

Where Does This Leave Minorities Today?

I have said it multiples and I will say it again. The United States and Western nations in general decided to completely upend basic principles of civilization that worked for thousands of years.  Nations were built around common ethnicity, common religion (which formed the foundation for cultural values) and common language.  Families were built on patriarchy.  These systems were built with the knowledge of how human nature actually works.

Communism failed because it rejected some facts about human nature.  First it tried to take away religion from people like when Stalin had thousands of Russian Orthodox priests executed and killed many other millions of Christians.  Secondly it tried to remove private ownership and competition from economies opting for equal outcomes for all its citizens.  But what they did not realize is that human beings in general have a natural longing for belief in something greater than this world.  We were built by God to seek out our creator.  Secondly human beings only thrive when they can compete for and acquire private property. So when you take God and the ability to earn private property through competition out of the equation – you remove two of the most power forces that drive human beings.

In the same way, like Communism, our modern ideologies of multiracialism, multiculturalism, egalitarianism and feminism violate how we know human nature works.  We have been artificially holding back the dam of the natural consequences of going against human nature for 150 years and eventually that dam will break and Western civilization will fall as a result.

So if you are a minority living in the United States you have some choices to make.  You can accept the reality of racial preference and ethnic dominance and simply wait until you outbreed Whites to the point that you have just as many people or more.  In that case you will be such a large voting block that you can vote people in of your ethnicity purely based on your numbers. You can choose to do your best and wait to have sex and children until you are married.  You can choose to be a faithful spouse and good father or mother to your children. You can choose to educate yourself and live within your means.  You can choose to set yourself apart by how hard you work and not blame everything that goes wrong in your life or every missed opportunity you have on “White privilege”.

Or you can take the same route that the Palestinians take with the Israelis.

In the Gaza strip where Hamas rules, they have presided over the complete failure of then electric grid as well as water and sewage infrastructure.  They also have a 50 percent unemployment rate.  Yet despite their utter failure to manage a society Hamas is highly popular with the people it rules.  Do you know how they are so popular? The same way many minority leaders in the US are popular today.  They blame others for the suffering of their people.  They blame the Israelis.  They blame the inability of Palestinians to return to lands they once held in what is now Israel.

In the same way we have minority leaders in the United States today preaching to young minorities that the White man is holding them back.  If the White man would just give them their due then all their problems would be solved.  But this is a lie minority friends.  It is a bold faced lie.

7 thoughts on “Why Whites Don’t Have to Apologize For White Privilege

  1. So when non-whites fail to achieve as much as whites, it simply because we are less hardworking or less capable? Many of us work just as hard, if not harder than many whites, yet, we are almost unlikely to achieve positions of influence, such as president, prime minister, minister, judge, commissioner, full professor, senior counsel, etc.

    So whites are more justified in claiming merit for their achievements that non-whites, whereas non-whites who achieve the same achievements succeed because of some systematic bias towards us?

  2. It really does boil down to the personal choices of individuals. If you don’t mind me posting, I dealt with a little bit of this subject (choices, not privilege) in one of my own posts:

    https://snappertrx.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/hip-hop-rap-and-choices/

    For those who don’t want to read it I point out that my dad and uncle both grew up in and around thugs and gang bangers and had to deal with the death of their mother at a young age. Instead of running with the rest of their peers, as some others in their family did, they made the choices to study and work hard. As a result my father owns his own business doing oilfield automation while my uncle is a full fledged doctor. They chose wisely and took the more difficult route, but the choice was theirs to make. Either way they own the route they took. In like manner every man or woman must own their choices, even the bad ones. The key is to either take time to consider what choice is best or, if a bad choice is already made, to change course. Blaming another culture or race or creed for your poor choices is a sure fire way to dig the bottom of a hole deeper and ensure you never get out of it, which is what we have seen in America for the past 50-60 years with black Americans. Forever told they are oppressed few ever decide to make better choices with their lives, leaving themselves and their children in a deep pit that only gets deeper. The only way out that will actually benefit them is to make better choices, and they can help each other by encouraging each other to make better choices rather than oppressing each other when better choices are made. When was the last time you heard a white guy tell another white guy he was a sucker for improving himself or pulling himself up from a bad situation? In my post I also talk about a black guy I was friends with in high school who was punished by other blacks for dressing well, studying and getting good grades. How did that help him at all? You know who encouraged and supported him? Us! His buddies! Us “nerds” who were white, brown and yellow!

    It may be too late for America to turn around. The fever pitch is at an all time high and a clear and visible rift has appeared between Americans who want law, order and personal responsibility and those Americans who want lawlessness, anarchy and shift the blame on to others. The next few decades will determine much about the United States, lets hope it ends as something good.

  3. prophet of righteousness,

    Your Statement:

    “So when non-whites fail to achieve as much as whites, it simply because we are less hardworking or less capable? Many of us work just as hard, if not harder than many whites, yet, we are almost unlikely to achieve positions of influence, such as president, prime minister, minister, judge, commissioner, full professor, senior counsel, etc.

    So whites are more justified in claiming merit for their achievements that non-whites, whereas non-whites who achieve the same achievements succeed because of some systematic bias towards us?”

    I saw this response and it is so typical of attitudes today about racial equality in America that I think it is a very teachable example for my audience.
    Did I ever say that “non-whites fail to achieve as much as whites, it simply because we are less hardworking or less capable”? The answer is I did not. This is straw man that you have built.

    I did say and the statics prove that non-whites in America(Blacks and Hispanics – not Asians) make more bad personal life decisions regarding their personal relationships and they have a substantially higher out-wedlock birth rate than Whites and Asians. They also tend to raise their children in single parent homes whether because of out-wedlock births or because when they divorce the remarry far less often so the children are not raised with a father and mother as often as Whites are (and Asians).

    Children who are raised in single parent homes start off with disadvantage in life. Does that mean they are incapable of being highly successful? No – but it is much harder for them to beat the odds.

    But if you actually read the article instead of running to your common straw man talking points you would see that I acknowledged that even if the home life situations were absolutely equal between Whites, Blacks and Hispanics – even if a Black or Hispanic works just as hard or is just as qualified for a position as their white counterpart race can often times be a deciding factor between individuals because human beings have a natural preference toward their own race.

    So what that means simply put is this. If a there are four men applying for a certain job and and three are white and one is black and the person doing the hiring is white whether is he realizes is it or not the white person will have a bias toward the white candidates because as human beings we naturally cluster toward those most like us. If the the person hiring was black he would have a conscious or unconscious bias toward the black candidate. However – the skills, talent and background of the four men in many cases will override that racial preference. So if the hiring person is white – but the black man has skills and talent that exceed those of his three white counterparts in most cases he will get the job. But if his skills are simply equal to those of the white candidates race will be a deciding factor(whether the hiring person consciously or unconsciously realizes it) and he will not get the job.

    So the fact is that some non-whites achieve success because they worked hard and they are they were the most talented out of the groups that applied for jobs and the rose simply because of the merit of how good they are. But some non-whites succeed yes because of “systematic bias” or in other words racial quotas.

    While I did talk about the problem of single parent families and out of wedlock marriage in minority communities in the United States the largest point was trying to make is that yes I do believe “White Privilege” exists. I absolutely believe it is a factor in why non-whites do not achieve positions of power and influence matching their demographic size in the United States. Again its not the only factor, but it is a factor. And without government overriding the free will choices the natural preference we have for our own ethnicity that will not change. And when government does do that forcing the majority to act against their own instincts to artificially create some result this is violation of freedom of choice which will then cause other problems in society.

    My point in all this is this – if you as a minority want to be treated as the majority – you need to become the majority. It really is that simple. That means your people have to outgrow the majority or you have to move to a country where your ethnicity is the majority. Again this is why Communism failed. Because its principles went against human nature. A society must be built around the reality of human nature not some fantasy of how we can change human nature to be whatever we want it to be.

    Let’s go back to that hiring manager. Sometimes a hiring manager will purposefully hiring a non-white to meet a racial quota even though he actually was not as skilled as his white counterparts who were applying for the job. In fact that is what this whole “white privilege” garbage is teaching – it is repackaging the idea of racial quotas just with a different label. So basically you are supposed to override your natural preference for your own race or even if the non-white is not even as qualified as the whites you need to give him extra help because he is an underrepresented minority class. That is garbage. This is what I am speaking against.

  4. Snapper,

    Thanks for sharing that story. And it really does handle one side of the equation. But the thrust of my article was that the reason non-whites(whether black or Hispanic or others) do not achieve positions of power and influence as often as whites is two fold. One is exactly what you talked about and so did I – bad personal life decisions. But I believe we must be truthful about the reality of human nature as well. Even if non-white minorities made great personal life decisions in mass, even if they had just as good of home lives or even better than whites and had exactly the same skill sets and education the reality is they are ethnic minorities and that does have an impact.

    If you are a minority in any given nation you will never be treated as if you were the majority. So I was saying here that yes – part of the reason whites have more positions of power and influence is yes because they are the majority. That is reality. That is math. That his human nature.

    And if we are born white we don’t have to apologize for that fact or for the fact that in many of our life choices we may consciously or unconsciously prefer our own ethnicity. In other words – we don’t have to be ashamed of white privilege – it is a reality of how human nature works.

    But at the same time going back to your point – no non-white person in the United States should have the attitude that “since I am not of the majority ethnic group and am a minority I will never be able to do well in life.” That is garbage! That is wrong! That is like saying “because I don’t like how the game is stacked I won’t even play.” I love reading stories of how great men have risen from poverty(and yes even single parent homes) to become great business or political leaders. The deck was stacked against them – yet they did not give up but they fought harder and worked harder and became better than everyone around them so they would stand out and achieve.

    And finally – what if a minority person is not really smart or talented(there are people like this in both the majority and minority groups). Even this person has a choice to make. Will they make the best of who they are and where they are placed – will they work hard still and just be content living with what they have or will the become embittered at society or God or others because they could not have more? There is something to be said for contentment if you have done the best you can do.

  5. Yeah, I don’t think a lot of people have the depth of thought to consider their being an ethnic minority in the United States. At least not on the way your asking them to consider. But they need to! And they need to understand why comprehending this fact is important! I think it would certainly help to assuage some of the racial tensions in the U.S. if people just understood the “ethnic minority” dynamic, but so many people have been infected with the whole “white people are bad and hate anything not white” narrative that we may be beyond that. Great article.

  6. So much of racism stems from envy. Yes Europe and western Asia were blessed with gospel of Christ. That gospel provided a worldview and pathway toward even more blessings. The Reformation brought even greater blessings to the cultures that embraced it. Shall I be ashamed of the gospel? Never! Nor it’s blessings in this life.

    Rather than embrace that gospel and follow the path of blessing, the race-baiters try to punish the blessed and block others from adopting the Gospel. Unlike the rising tide that lifts all ships, envy is a angry storm that sinks all ship to depths. It shackles the downtrodden and replaces hope with revenge, substitutes hard work and perseverance with entitlement and ingratitude.

    North Africa never left the middle ages because of the worldview of Islam, Sub- Saharan Africa never embraced a dominion mandate or escaped tribalism. East Asia and South America produced many wonders, but lacked the blessing that flow from Christianity. But now there is no excuse, worship the Lord, fear Him and He will lift you up. (Not a health and wealth gospel, rather an aknowlegment that even Christ’s temporal kingdom is a place of blessing though the struggle is marked with suffering and blood).

    I did not choose my race, and I am not ashamed at my ancestry. For my very life, parents, the gospel, a Christian heratige and upbringing, for being chosen before the foundations of the World my reaction and attitude is awe and gratitude. I feel no guilt, for I am guilty save the blood of Christ, I carry no responsibility for those hard hearts that refuse the gospel and defy the Lordship of Christ. I posses no animosity toward other ancestories and histories; everybody got here somehow, the part that matters is what they do with the life they have been given. Envy, jealousy, strife are the result of gospel-less thinking and evil hearts. These characterize the race-baiters of our day.

  7. Jonadab,

    Excellent points you raise – especially about envy and the positive influence of Christianity throughout the world. If you look over the last few centuries that brought us the modern era – which countries had the greatest impact on the world both culturally and technologically? These countries were Great Britain and then its child the United States. Both of these countries were heavily steeped in Christianity were responsible for sending missionaries out all over the world. Even in Britain’s various conquests it often left the areas it conquered in better shape than they were when they came. Britain gets a beating for how it chopped up the Middle East and there may have been some mistakes there – but over all Anglican culture and American culture which were both steep in Christian values have had a very positive effect on the world.

    And envy is absolutely a huge problem in this country. Envy actually forms the basis for most of the positions of the democratic party in America. They encourage women to be envious of men, they encourage blacks to be envious of whites, they encourage the poor to be envious of the rich and they encourage illegal immigrants to be envious of the rights of American citizens.

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