Bill Gardiner hands a five-page printout to Angela Giudice, Marian "Meck" Groot, and Patricia Maher that describes the reasons white people resist discussing race. The four, meeting in Maher's Codman Square home, are part of a group of 10 whites who have gathered monthly since 2004 to discuss issues of racial justice and white privilege.
"The new form of racism teaches people that they're not supposed to notice color or race," says Becky Thompson, a Simmons College sociology professor whose book "A Promise and a Way of Life" explores white antiracist activism. "We're not supposed to notice each other's differences. It's impolite to acknowledge that we have different races and different histories."
Keep that highlighted portion in mind if you happen to have politically correct friends and family who ceremoniously proclaim, "I don't see black or White. I only see human beings."
You can now inform them that according to sociologists, that makes them racist.
As to "White Privilege", I'll admit, it's a real mystery. It seems to have popped up in places where Whites have historically been 90% to 100% of the population.
For some, as yet unexplained -possibly magical- reason, "White Privilege" has not shown up in places like Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia, etc....
It's a real conundrum!
The mystery has taken on new and unusual motifs though, many of which you can spend a few hours reading about here.
In the United States, the infant mortality rate for blacks is twice as high as for whites, according to an installment of the documentary series "Unnatural Causes," the focus of the first half of the forum.
The cause does not seem to be genetic: The infant mortality rate for African immigrants is lower than that for native-born blacks. The infant mortality rate for immigrants rises, however, after one generation on American soil.
Such numbers have led the documentary's experts and speakers at the forum to conclude that the stress of dealing with still-potent racism has taken its toll medically, contributing to premature births and low birth rates.
Lets set aside the subjects of attitude and behavior, for which a hundred blogs would not suffice to catalogue the (from a White/Western point of view) irresponsible behavior and perpetually childlike attitude of blacks.
It seems that no matter where blacks reside on earth (America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the middle east, Asia), they are in a state of perpetual civilizational stagnation and in desperate need (so we are told) of the White Man to save them.
We are told about their devastating rates of poverty, crime, disease and STD related illness, including AIDS, ad nauseam.
Yet when we look at the actual facts on the ground, we see that their numbers, both in American and in Africa, are increasing not decreasing.
And then, there is a way to tie the two stories above into a single commentary of both.
NEW YORK (AFP) - One in four adults living in New York City has the virus that causes genital herpes, and among African-Americans the rate is almost 50 percent, official statistics show.
The study by New York City Department of Health also reveals that herpes is far more common among African-Americans -- 49 percent -- than whites (14 percent).
....the infection fosters the spread of HIV...
Races in New York:-source
(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)
- White Non-Hispanic (35.0%)
- Hispanic (27.0%)
- Black (26.6%)
- Other race (13.4%)
- Two or more races (4.9%)
- Chinese (4.5%)
- Asian Indian (2.1%)
- American Indian (1.1%)
- Korean (1.1%)
- Other Asian (1.0%)
- Filipino (0.7%)
-So blacks make up 26% of the NYC population, but 50% of its STD related cases-
What I really want to draw attention towards though, is the percentage of Whites in New York and how it correlates to "White Privilege".
According to the above, New York City is 35% White.
But, what is White?
The US Census prescribes 'White' as, "A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa." -source. (scroll down to near the bottom and find 1. Categories and Definitions)
Thats right. The US Census counts Arabs, Iranians, Jews, Turks, Egyptians, Moroccans etc.. as White!
According to Wikipedia, "In 2002, an estimated 972,000 Ashkenazic Jews lived in New York City and constituted about 12% of the city's population."
Now subtracting the estimated numbers of North Africans and other Middle Eastern groups, the percentage of actual Whites (as in people of indigenous EUROPEAN ancestry), in New York City falls to around 19%, give or take.
What this means, is that Jews, who are not White but of Middle-Eastern origin, get counted as "White" in NYC. Not only that, they are, by virtue of a rather generous definition of White, the largest "White" group in that city.
It's a list of "the world's most powerful people," 100 of the bankers and media moguls, publishers and image makers who shape the lives of billions. It's an exclusive, insular club, one whose influence stretches around the globe but is concentrated strategically in the highest corridors of power.
More than half its members, at least by one count, are Jewish.
So. Not only do Jews constitute a protected minority, but they also get to be counted among and constitute the ruling elite of, a "privileged majority" which they, without the slightest hint of rhetorical irony, so desperately and unabashedly despise.