If you’re one of the millions of white Americans who were born and raised in the South and grew up in an era when white people were still regarded as inferior and often mistreated, you’re probably aware of the way white privilege is still alive and well.
The fact that you were born in a part of the country where white people didn’t really exist is the very thing that makes you complicit in their oppression.
And it’s not just the white people who feel this way.
A new report from the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) shows that the vast majority of white people do, too.
That is, despite the fact that white people make up a much smaller percentage of the population than they used to.
While it’s true that white Americans are the only racial group to have historically experienced systemic racism, the report finds that the gap between white and nonwhite Americans has only grown over the past two decades.
“While the majority of black Americans still live in poverty, white Americans now earn more than their non-Hispanic counterparts,” NCTE wrote.
“White Americans are also more likely than other racial groups to live in middle-income and higher-income households, to own a car, and to own retirement accounts.
And yet, white America is also the only group to be negatively impacted by mass incarceration.”
The study also found that white women are the most likely group to experience systemic racism.
For example, white women who identify as transgender are more than twice as likely as white women to have been physically or sexually assaulted.
And the report also found a huge gap between whites and African Americans.
“Black Americans are almost three times as likely to be incarcerated as white Americans, but their incarcerated rates are nearly four times higher than those of their white counterparts,” the report says.
“When compared to non-black Americans, white people are four times more likely to experience racial discrimination in employment, housing, education, and public accommodations, and nearly nine times more often than black Americans are.”
The problem is that despite the vast numbers of white privilege issues that exist, the majority don’t see it that way.
When asked about the fact they are still viewed as inferior by society, white men tend to dismiss it out of hand.
“I’m a pretty good white guy.
I’m a good American,” said Michael Jordan.
“You know, I don’t have any black friends, you know, so I’m not really in the position of being able to relate to them.”
This isn’t to say that white men aren’t concerned about systemic racism in the black community.
The report found that nearly half of white men surveyed believe there is “systemic discrimination against black people.”
Yet only three percent of white women surveyed said the same thing.
“Most white men in the U.S. do not see systemic racism as a problem and are unaware of it.
This is true even among white men who have black friends and have experienced discrimination at the hands of the black population,” the NCTE report said.
The problem isn’t that white masculinity isn’t seen as the only thing holding them back.
The white privilege problem has been around for decades, and it’s largely ignored by the mainstream media and political leaders.
But it’s getting worse, and we’re not going to fix it without changing how we talk about it.