The Usual

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When I first read that white Americans feel like they’re more discriminated against than black Americans, I laughed. Then I went full Kubler-Ross cycling through all the stages. Fine I thought. It still doesn’t make it true. 

But I have a curious mind and a lot of time, so I went back and re-read the articles and saw that the key lay in one phrase.  “[W]hites see racism as a zero-sum game that they are now losing.” 

That sound you’re hearing is the echo of the argument that took place in America about affirmative action. 

But I’m sure (as you are, dear reader) that the people surveyed were not the moneyed elite with children enrolled at prestigious colleges. Obviously Lloyd Blankfein, or Stephen Schwarzman* don’t feel like they’re on the business end of entrenched institutional racism, but as you journey down the pay scale, I’m sure it starts to crop up. After all It’s a hackneyed trope that gets played for laughs in sitcoms that the white guy will get the job unless one of the other applicants is black.  Because in order to not be seen as racist, or to promote so-called “diversity” (that cerberus-headed monster) the company HAS to choose the black person. 

(But even if that were true, wouldn’t that just be a IRL version of Trading Places? And by the way, taking away someone’s favored status and giving it to someone else doesn’t yet rise to the magnitude of Jim Crow or segregation since either of those applicants could do the job. It just sucks.) (Another parenthetical. I’ve seen Trading Places so many times and I still don’t know what it means to “corner the market” on something.) 

More likely the (white) people surveyed were of the turbulent working classes, no longer protected by unions (who’s fault is that?), or even the place of their birth, and forced to compete in the open global market and not having an easy go it, like their parents before them. Their parents who lived in postwar segregated America**. 

So in the end we’re really just substituting race for class, like we always do. 

*Peter Thiel might. I would totally not be surprised if Peter Thiel opined from atop his pile of money, that white people did have it worse than blacks. 

**Europe was destroyed by war, Asia by war and atomic bombs, women and blacks were subjugated, and the government paid for their college via the (Socialist- transfer of wealth, whatever) GI bill. Of course those gritty white men were able to succeed in that environment. They truly were the Greatest Generation. 

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