Promoting the notion of "White Privilege" is destructive to racial harmony in America and is disrespectful to blacks.
The concept of white privilege is intended not to better the lives of blacks but as a way of demeaning whites; it is the racial version of Obama's “you didn't build it.” It is an attack and it divides Americans along the lines of race.
There is wealth and opportunity disparity in America, but attacking those who have worked hard, who are not racist and who are allies in the battle against poverty and crime, does nothing to live the poor out of poverty.
It is a trigger to the natural defense mechanism of fighting back when attacked. I am not a door mat and my instinct is to fight back when attacked. I am a reasoned being and try not to succumb to the urge to fight fire with fire but the longer the attacks on me because of my race the harder it becomes to not get angry and push back.
There is absolutely no basis for the contention that whites are privileged because of their skin color. More whites live in poverty than all the other races combined. There are no affirmative action programs or race preferences directed solely to whites as there are to blacks.
Of course, people will disagree, so I will not belabor the point, but will ask “so what?” So what if there is white privilege? How does taking away white privilege help poor blacks?
The answer is simple - it doesn't. We have to stop trying to tear down whites based on their skin color and look to raise up the quality of life for all of America's poor regardless of race. I can get behind initiatives to help the poor better their lives but really, how likely do you think I and others will be to help groups that tell me I am racist (even if I think I am not), tell me my success is not due to having hard working parents who sacrifice luxury in their life to clothe, house and educate me? The taunts of "white privilege" insult not only me, but my parents and grandparents who worked so hard to give me privilege.
Yes, I admit I am privileged but it isn't because of my skin color, I am privileged because my parents gave me a nice lead in the relay race of life. Unlike so many of the poor I didn't have to start at or even behind the starting line as I entered adulthood.
I am compassionate and want to help others to live a good life. I recognize the advantages I have that they and their children don't have, but I am unwilling to help those who disparage me and my ancestors because of our race.
And, promoting white privilege is not only an attack on me, it is disrespectful to blacks. Privilege is not something occurs genetically in one race. Remember when life began on this planet all races started naked and in complete control of their destiny; privilege was not given it was taken.
White privilege, if it truly exists, tells the tale that one race was able to advance further than another. It says one race was so superior to another that it was able to oppress and keep them imprisoned in poverty. Is this the message we want to promote? Not me; I believe all races are equal, no race is superior to another. It is, however, the message that those who chant "white privilege" are delivering.
We are Americans and we have always helped our own. I and others like me want to help the poor, but I will not help those that try to destroy me or my family.
Set aside your hate for me because of my skin color and let's wrap ourselves in the colors of red, white and blue and we can begin rebuilding race relations and make America greater than it has ever been.