What White Privilege?- By Rhiain

*I don’t know Rhiain personally except she’s one of my fans.  But reading this I realized we were sisters under the skin.  Now, because I have spent the last five years, give or take, mainly indoors — I’m looking forward to better health allowing me to hike more again — I have only a vague soupcon of gold, (Spun Gold, according to paint chips) but my kids are… much darker and also blessed with more ethnic features.  Being treated as victims embarrasses them, even if they grew up — writer’s sons — at the edge of falling off the middle class any minute.  Because we get in trouble and we cope — though once at least I had to ask you guys for help, but that was different.  I do provide this blog almost every day for free — we don’t ask the charity of strangers?  And what is all this but charity based on the premise we’re not as good? I get where I want.  Sometimes slowly and on bleeding fingertips, but I do.  I don’t need do-gooders to reach me a condescending hand.  Apparently Rhiain doesn’t either.  Beware those who would court us, I suspect there’s more of us than you think.-SAH*

What White Privilege?
By Rhiain

I’m past the point of being tired of this white privilege narrative.

I’m not white, but the color of my skin has never affected my outlook
or my standing in society. I’m where I am now because of my own
efforts and endeavors. I do believe there is a divine purpose and
influence involved, as well, but that’s not what this post is about.

I recognize that there is a strategy at work here, since we are
constantly inundated with repetitious attempts to start conversations
about privilege and race. I don’t know about anyone else, but attempts
to shape this white privilege narrative have been ongoing for the past
year or two (or five). The claim, to put it succinctly: people who
happen to look Caucasian have sins and misdeeds to answer for on a
national scale, since your ancestors perpetrated crimes against
colored people during the 239-year history of the United States, and
those crimes continue with a subtler touch. No matter how much you
white people deny it, you are still guilty.

Gimme a break already.

This colored person is tired of being reminded that she’s not white,
that she’s owed something because of that, even though her genealogy
goes back thousands of years in the Western Hemisphere and her
ancestors were happily oblivious to all the racial crimes committed on
American soil at the time. All they did then was drink coconut milk,
eat taro, go hog-hunting and dutifully follow their own cultural
traditions, and who gives a crap about what happens on the mainland,

“Oh, Uh-meh-ree-cah? Where dat? Can we reach it by canoe?”

When Obama won his first presidential election in 2008, a lot of
people on my Facebook friends list, Democrats and liberals all, were
literally crying tears of joy that a black man had won the office. I
didn’t know at the time that Obama’s skin color mattered that much,
until these same people accused his critics of racism for voicing
disapproval of his policies. Look: if you want to mark a milestone
here, that someone other than a white guy inhabits the Oval Office,
fine. But he is “the most powerful man in the world,” and on those
merits he will be judged. In my opinion, he hasn’t done a great job,
and I will laugh at the first Obama supporter who accuses me of racism
for publicly criticizing his tone-deafness every time he opines on gun

Like I said, gimme a break already.

If anything, Obama’s win was an indicator that race doesn’t matter
that much anymore. It’s a convenient foil for those who claim to want
to see poor, non-white people advance to financial and social security
the easy way – without those same people struggling to reach success
by their own strength and efforts. Failure is a wonderful way to learn
what works to reach success and what doesn’t. Trying to dodge failure
just makes it more difficult for a person to learn the lesson the
first time. You would think this principle would be easy to
understand; apparently it isn’t.

If people want this country to reach a point where we are truly
post-racial, conversations about white privilege don’t help at all. If
anything, they’re a distraction. I don’t care if the same quarters who
started the “Let’s Talk About White Privilege” movement want to wallow
in their own victimization and self-pity – let them. They don’t speak
for me. They only speak for themselves. That they claim to represent
me is the main reason why this straw has broken the proverbial camel’s

For this reason, I ignored the idiots who complained that no
currently-serving Republican Congresscritters attended the Selma march
anniversary last week. Who cares? Apparently they do. But only a few
people who attended the anniversary could actually remember what it
was like to live under Jim Crow laws, and to be treated differently
because of their skin color. Only they remember the police beatings,
the force of the firehose jets, and the dogs set upon them. Do you
think these people really cared about whether members of one political
party didn’t show up? Do the people who complain about white privilege
have an inkling of what that means to someone who experienced real
racial discrimination 50 years ago?

No, to be truly post-racial, people have to stop caring about skin
color. How often do individuals and groups of people interact with
each other on such a superficial basis anymore? This act of ignoring
one’s melanin levels, to some, is apparently “racial apathy.” To be
apathetic to the struggles, the social and economy inequality that
people of color still face is an issue in and of itself, some lament.

Post-digestion baby pap, it is.

My skin color has no bearing on how I conduct myself; it has no
bearing on who I am beyond the fact that I was born with this skin. My
accomplishments and, yes, my failures, are what make me successful.
Yes, I have weaknesses and strengths. Sometimes I try to hide my
weaknesses; at other times, I’m forced to confront them. Then, my
strengths override the areas where I fail. On those merits I will be
judged. And those who persist on claiming I’m disadvantaged and
underprivileged because I’m a woman of color can kiss my olive-skinned

[Amen, Rhiain.  Me and mine stand with you.-SAH]

174 responses to “What White Privilege?- By Rhiain

  1. Y’see, the political left desperately needs us to judge all people by their race, tribe, gender, sexual preference, etc., because if we don’t we will judge people by their mere its … and the Political Left is painfully aware that it hasn’t got any.

    BTW; happy pi day.

    • merits, dammit. I CHECKED that.

      I hate technology with an opinion.

      • Actually, “mere its” is equally applicable. Many people have “mere its” – it’s merely fun, merely pleasant to be around, mere comfortable, mere sympathetic, mere understanding, mere complementary. Most leftists aren’t fun, not pleasant to be around, give no comfort, aren’t sympathetic, have no understanding, and NEVER complement. That’s the reason they’re mere its – not friends, family, or anything else that is inclusive.

    • Doc MLK would be quite disappointed where his dream has been hauled.

      • Well, keep in mind that these days the content of your character defines the colour of your skin. White as snow law school professors can be counted as Indians because of their political leanings and family “history” while black as soot economics professors and a SCOTUS justice are denounced as race traitors for adhering to the facts of the situation and the letter of the law and not voting their skin colour.

      • William O. B'Livion

        Given that he was a philandering socialist, do you *really* think today he wouldn’t be be Jesse Jackson?

  2. Professor Badness

    “Can’t we all just get along?”

    • Based on a quick survey of recorded history, and an amature’s understanding of the behavior of social apes; No.

      • Professor Badness

        I know.

        • “Getting along” is not their goal, and never was more than an attempt to cow objectors on the way to the slaughterhouse.

          When I was a mere youth the mode of expression for this sentiment was not “Can’t we all just get along” — it was “Be reasonable; see it my way.”

          • Professor Badness

            You know, I’ve worked with/for a wide variety of humanity. Whatever the race, creed, religion, sexual/gender orientation, or nation of origin, I’ve just tried to get along.
            I would just be civil, and expect the same. And I know many of my coworkers appreciated that.
            I know that the current rhetoric is just a bid for power. I just want to go to work without having to worry about “microaggression”.

            • I suspect that the way to protect yourself against the accusation of “microaggression” is to make sure they are too scared of you to complain. My father used that technique successfully for decades; he was a politically conservative history professor, but his scholarship was unassailable, and the twits knew that if they challenged him he would destroy them.

    • Preggers and tired has triggered unwonted seriousness….

      What does “getting along” mean?

      Generally, a lack of disagreement.

      So, it can be rephrased as “why can’t we all want the same thing without complications.” Or maybe “Why can’t we all wish for mutually compatible goals.”

      Heck, I’d be glad if I could just get along– not desire mutually contradictory or at best conflicting things.

      • Once’t upon a time “get along” meant “agree to disagree” and “you go your way, I’ll go mine and so long as nobody is getting injured we’ll be fine.”

        Sadly, because Progressives are deeply hurt psychologically by the knowledge somebody doesn’t agree with their irrational credes belief, getting along in the old sense is impossible.

        “Turns out, there’s a blacklist of people that the social justice warrior left has decided should be shunned. And I was on it. Turns out, there’s a blacklist of people that the social justice warrior left has decided should be shunned. And I was on it. … the social justice left has created a device to literally cocoon themselves away from the world. This isn’t a tool to avoid harassment (or, at least, it isn’t in my case). It’s a tool to willfully ignore any argument that they disagree with.”

        • Sad thing is, I can see how it may have come about….

          The workable “agree to disagree” is “try to stay out of each other’s way”- avoid further conflict, both act like adults and avoid each other. Obviously it only works if there’s no other goal involved.

          The Left tends to take that to mean either “don’t be where I want to go” or “I don’t want to have to deal with the existence of those who disagree– you shut up, and I won’t argue with you. Much.”

          From another view, it could be that “getting along” is only possible when there’s not an elemental disagreement. I cannot “agree to disagree” with those who believe that my property rightfully belongs to them…..

          • Well, of course we cannot :both act like adults” if one of us is a spoiled child demanding to be indulged. And spoiled brats are notoriously bad about boundary issues.

            • *sad* And the more childish someone is, the quicker they will be to claim others are acting childish, because it’s a powerful manipulative club– see also, how folks are harshest on two types of weaknesses: those they’ve overcome, and those that they fear they have.

        • *reads article* Funny thing is, I have blocked folks who’ve never interacted with me– usually because they were retweeted by someone.

          The ool0n guy who thinks that objecting to the imprisonment of a journalist for reporting a story is an opposition to personal freedom would probably be on that, but largely for the non-content indicators– needlessly ugly pic, name looks like it’s either meaningless or a mildly rude bodypart with needless l33t, excessive snark-quotes…. if the POV character in that “Signs, signs, everwhere signs” song was translated over, that would be him. (People treat me poorly when I go out of my way to be rude! They’re clearly horribly wrong!)

  3. Very well said, Rhiain.

    Yeah, I grew up damned close to poor (which technically was actually poor but you know) and exactly none of my relatives were even in the US before the Civil War, and once they were here were in the sticks scraping out a living, yet because I am pale it is somehow my fault the people of Ferguson hate the politicians they elect because of color or something … right.
    Far too many folks in the country depend on there being strife for their livelihoods to ever allow reality to match MLK’s Dream speech. That they perpetrate their garbage in his name is a crime in itself.

  4. darleenclick

    “I ignored the idiots who complained that no currently-serving Republican Congresscritters attended the Selma march”

    Which shows the power of Leftstream media. Tim Scott was co-chair and many GOP congresscritters (love that, I use the same phrase!) went with him. Not to mention Pres. and Mrs. GW Bush who were dutifully cropped out of the picture the NYTimes ran on its first page.

    Brava, Rhiain!

    • The evil progs learned long ago that as long as you can get people to believe it a lie is much better than the truth. You can craft a lie to say exactly what you want folks to believe while the truth simply is what it is. With the major media firmly wedged between the progs’ nether cheeks, for a while they had free reign. Without the internet and the alternative news channels we’ve had to develop they would have by now taken it all. Instead their house of lies is crumbling around them, making them even more vicious and angry in their death spirals.

    • BobtheRegisterredFool

      Democrats want the narrative more on who is doing what and who is saying what now, than on their past abuses of police power. Furthermore, they’d rather talk about abuses of police power, making it seem like a partisan or Republican issue, than talk about Democratic shielding of political murders, Democratic mass graves, or Democratic cover ups of atrocities.

    • RealityObserver

      And there was the one Selma veteran who refused to march across the bridge – because that horrible white man Bush was going to be there. (During whose terms the American Blacks were at least staying at the same relative place in relation to Whites that they were in at the start of the millennium – compared to the last six years when the disparity has grown enormously.)

      Racial hate at its most vile…

  5. When Obama won his first presidential election in 2008, a lot of
    people on my Facebook friends list, Democrats and liberals all, were
    literally crying tears of joy that a black man had won the office.

    My folks don’t watch much TV, and when they do it’s not the news– so it was well after I’d had several worried discussions of Obama’s politics with my mom (and she’d already decided he was worryingly extreme, even from what NPR would mention) that she had an clue he’s got a perma-tan.
    Her youngest brother is still annoyed because he’s familiar enough with the area Obama’s father is from that he thinks it’s racist how people keep shoving all the various darker-than-the-US, that-kind-of-hair folks in one category. Like conflating Japanese with Filipino.
    Not like it takes much to get him ranting– and if someone doesn’t provide it, he’ll make it up himself– but I found it kind of amusing.

  6. For this reason, I ignored the idiots who complained that no
    currently-serving Republican Congresscritters attended the Selma march
    anniversary last week. Who cares? Apparently they do.

    Probably had some polished “wit” like that blanker who taunted the cops after they got shot last weekend, to try to blame the dogs and fire hoses on the Republican party. (Who cares what actually happened, repeat a lie often enough and folks of no malice will believe it.)

    • And even though George and Laura Bush attended, the New York Times photoshopped them out of the front page.

      • In the Soviet states of America, we know the future. it’s the past that keeps changing.

      • Or possibly, the photographer photoshopped them out. Because his whites in the sun, blacks in the shadows message-pic didn’t turn out as divisive-looking as he’d hoped.

        • The reasons I’ve seen– all from the NYTimes– are that he was on the edge of the picture, that he wasn’t in the frame, that he was over-exposed for picture balance and that the picture that had him was bad and couldn’t be used.

          The way it was reported, they seemed to be talking about a single picture, but I have a heck of a time believing that even the NYTimes would take just one picture, when even my phone can take something like six to fix things like blinking from a single click, and if it’s important I’ll take four or five clicks.

          • Ah yes, they so very careful to avoid any uncomplimentary picture of him while he was in office.

            It would be refreshing if they simply admitted “It didn’t fit the story we were trying to tell.”

            • For crying out loud, my 60 year old mother has figured out how to touch up over-exposure in areas of photographs using free software and her *cough* “free” time.

              And they want me to believe that they can’t figure that out?

              • Surely you do not mean to suggest the New York Times (gasp) retouch or otherwise alter a photo before printing? We’re talking about the paper of Walter Duranty, Herbert L. Matthews and Jayson Blair, after all — they have standards!

  7. About that white privilege.
    Back in 1974 I had worked for a multinational corporation for five years, got excellent performance reviews, and seemed to be well thought of by my bosses. At my last review my supervisor confirmed that they liked me, liked my work, and that I had no future with the company. You see they had a lot of government contracts and the feds were putting massive pressure on them to be more “diverse” with their middle management people. So, the dictate from the top was no promotions given at all except to females and minority males. That was my first taste of the privilege of being a white male in this great new color blind society.

  8. That Obama’s white ancestors were slave holders and Obama’s black ancestors were slave sellers seems to be lost on the progressive mindset as they go out and kill cops.
    cspschofield is correct that political power can be achieved by divide and conquer; however, the reality is it is all about power, and there is nothing about alleviating suffering and/or changing root causes. Look no farther than Black unemployment under Obama and the fact that generous amnesty to illegals allows them to displace black workers. (out – black victims; in – Hispanic victims)
    Let us be clear about one thing. No American is a ‘victim’ of oppression. If you are born in the USA, you have already won the lottery of life. We are all part and parcel of American Privilege and like the old man in India says, he would love to just see the country where all the poor people are fat.
    No one likes to fail. But the only true failure is an action you learn nothing from. Such are the failures of people who claim that white privilege is the root-cause of their failure. They fail, they examine the failure, and, yep, it is all dead white men’s fault. Nothing they personally did, no sir! Nothing they can do better! White privilege is the cause every time.
    You can be a victim and feel good, or like Rhaian, you can review your actions, look for weaknesses, study ways to improve, and the next time you will succeed. That way is much harder, but ultimately, you have only yourself to blame for your failure and yourself to praise for your successes.
    The other more insidious part of the whole ‘victim’ mindset, is that when, like Rhaian, you have someone who succeeds through their own hard work and effort, then those around you think ‘Token: they got there by political favor, not hard work like me.’
    Victimization is a lose-lose proposition. It weakens the victim by providing a false excuse, and it weakens society by wasting our energies on things that are terminally silly.

    • Who Obama’s ancestors were is irrelevant. Every single personpresently living is descended from bastard sonsofbitches. That is the very nature of a) evolution b) the tests the Creator set us or c) both.

      The problem with Obama is where he’s been and who he’s followed. THEY are the descendents of slaveowners and Jim Crow enthusiasts, and THAT matters because they still evaluate people based on skin color. The Democrat party is remarkably consistant in some regards.

      • I agree; however, if I am going to be blamed for my ancestors, so should he.
        In any event, past about 200 years and they were not being racists or bigots, all people of all colors main interest was to stay alive.

        • I think you underestimate how far back you have to go, but somewhere in there tribalism became racism. Racism is, in a twisted sense, a more sophisticated worldview…

          • Sad thought, but true. Perhaps we need an invasion of ‘BUGS!’ (i.e. Stormship Trooper). Then people would at least all be on the same side.

            • Piffle. There would be a large faction demanding we engage in self-reflection to determine why the Bugs don’t like us (probably our failure to form a hive-mind) and plotting ways to convince the Bugs that they could be of enormous help to the their new insectoid overlords..

            • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

              “Ahhh! Bugs Invading! We Must Allow Them To Win Because Of The Evils Of Humanity!!!”

              • Christopher M. Chupik

                Next year’s Hugo-Nebula winner, ladies and gentlemen.

                • We were asking for it…

                  • Christopher M. Chupik

                    “I M Angrychick’s multiple award-winning, modest-selling ‘Bug Hunt’ is the perfect rebuttal to Heinlein’s heteropatriarchal humanocentric jingoism. When human exploitation of space oil resources angers the peaceful Ladybug species, Angrychick’s protagonist, Daze, enlists into the Halliburton-Walmart led war effort. But as she/he discovers the truth about the military-industrial complex, he/she undergoes a stunning series of gender and ethnic transformations, allowing her to fully embrace the Other and shed her/his humanity and join the Ladybug hive mind.”

                    • trolling for SJW plots?

                    • Christopher M. Chupik

                      Sad part is, I came up with all that off the top of my head.

                    • As many times as we’ve all heard it, it’s not that surprising.

                    • Well when the mind is that narrow, it is easier to predict what it will come up with.
                      Just don’t think that way too long. you’ll get a headache

                    • Christopher M. Chupik

                      Ouch. Tell me about it.

                    • Keep your eye on the sparrow, when the thinking is narrow.

                    • Thank goodness the Hugo noms have closed for the year or I know where we’d be seeing that blurb again . . .

                    • The real sad part is your alternate storyline would probably win a Hugo.

                    • The Other Sean

                      You know, it would be awesome to write a story that seems out like that, but after joining the other side discovers the other side is far, far worse. Perhaps end it with the protagonist reaching that horrified realization, like at the end of “To Serve Man” when the guy finds out what the title of the book means, too late for it to make any difference.

                    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

                      At the last minute Daze realizes that becoming part of the Ladybug “Groupmind” means complete destruction of his/her mind. He/she will no longer truly exist but it’s now too late to change his/her mind. [Evil Grin]

              • I wish that weren’t right.

            • Perhaps we need an invasion of ‘BUGS!’ (i.e. Stormship Trooper). Then people would at least all be on the same side.

              The Japanese anime / manga Attack On Titan talks about this idea, and tosses the whole ‘all on the same side’ out the window for the most part – there were still people who worried more about being eaten last and having more than everyone else than the survival of the human race as a whole.

  9. I haven’t noticed many conversations about race, but I sure do see a lot of lectures. Some points have merit (such as the comical facial recognition software that didn’t “see” darker people. Not because of racism per se, but because the developers were all light skinned (NOT white) and of course, it worked on their machines… *bangs head on desk*). Some don’t. And I, like them, am tired of being discriminated against because of the crimes of some people who merely *looked like me*. Sure, I have a slaveowner in my family tree. She wasn’t white.

    This “white privilege” thing — is that like a club card? Do they really think there is some secret Pallor Palace like a giant Costco where they paintchip you at the door and have All The Goodies?

    • Dagnabit, Sabrina, now I have this image of the Palace of Pallor with fancy reception rooms and attentive (good looking, shirtless) waiters and shelves and closets full of Good Stuff.

      And with my luck, a sign by the door saying “No Irish Need Apply.”

    • White privilege is primarily about lacking self-consciousness about the colour of ones’ complexion. Oddly enough, many “people of colour” could employ that technique (most shopkeepers, for example, only care about one colour: green … although they like gold and platinum as well) nowadays. But rather than throwing off their own shackles they seek to put shackles on everybody in the name of equality.

  10. BTW 23 members of Congress and the GOP leadership attended Selma, including BLACK Senator Tim Scott. The NYT and other media sources literally cropped them out of the picture.

    • Which accords well with the standard of honesty and integrity we have come to expect from the media, especially the Times.

    • I’m going to guess that at the original march in Selma there were more Republicans amongst the marchers and more Democrats holding fire hoses and loosing dogs.

      Just as the ’64 Civil Rights Act passed with a much higher percentage of Republican votes in support.

  11. Rockport Conservative

    I have lived in the South or west for my entire life, 78 years. I have seen racism, but most of all I see bigotry. Bigotry is no respecter of color of skin, it really doesn’t matter to the bigots, they know that whatever it is, it is never going to be as good as they are. I consider many leftists to be bigots, but I have to admit I see many conservatives who are also bigots. We need to overcome bigotry. That is a problem.

    • Somebody finally found video of the routine Bill Cosby did on Bigots in the 1970’s (I remember it as a public service message, but what do I know?). My post-fu isn’t strong enough to embed it, but here’s the link;

      “I’m a bigot. There ain’t but two of us left. And I don’t care for him.”

  12. Reblogged this on Things I Discuss With My Cats and commented:
    Voices from the Peanut Gallery. People of color are no more a solid block than are people of.. I guess we would be “un-color”, kind of like 7 UP is the Un-Cola.

  13. “No, to be truly post-racial, people have to stop caring about skin


  14. I ignored the idiots who complained that no
    currently-serving Republican Congresscritters attended the Selma march
    anniversary last week. Who cares? Apparently they do.

    Those are the same people who would have denounced any Republican attending for not doing more to impose the Progressive’s racist agenda make amends for over a century of abuse of this country’s African-American population by elected Democrats white Southerners.

    It is essential to the Progressive political idea that everything be addressed through a prism of “Head we win/Tails you lose” analysis.

  15. I love some of these discussions about privilege and compensation.

    About fifteen years ago I ended such a conversation when I mentioned that a bunch of dumb young men who shared my surname from Isleboro, Maine joined the Maine Volunteers, went to Gettysburg and got to be a part of the fill of a large unmarked grave.

  16. BobtheRegisterredFool


    I just sent in a potential guest post.

  17. Christopher M. Chupik

    What really angered me earlier in the week was a well-known SF progressive who made a post insinuating that all criticisms of Obama were just racist code words. I mean, really? His record so far has been so sterling that there’s absolutely NO room for legitimate criticism? Between Russia, the Mideast and the economy, there’s nothing anyone is allowed to criticize him for? REALLY?

    • Ah, but they can’t very well defend him with arguments of substance, can they? The longer he infests the White House the surer I become that the whole “birther” thing was a plant.

      • Christopher M. Chupik

        It was, from the Clintons. But I do think Obama may have encouraged it to give himself a straw man he could easily demolish.

        • That is why his “released” Cert was so blatantly modified.

        • By all means keep the attention there rather than on known facts.
          Red diaper baby, born to rabid socialist mom and daddy.
          Spent his formative years in Muslim schools in Indonesia.
          Slid through college and grad school with grades that are still locked up tighter than Fort Knox.
          Hung with notorious anti American radicals.
          Wound up working in Chicago, arguably the most corrupt political swamp in the US if not the entire world.
          Most of this straight from either of his autobiographies, though the opinions are mine.

          • Chicago, arguably the most corrupt political swamp in the US if not the entire world.

            Oh, certainly not in the entire world — although in the majority of the world the Chicago Way isn’t corruption it is just business as usual.

            As for in the US … I will grant it is in the Top Five, but to claim it as number #1 hinges on how you weight the variables. For example, New Orleans has arguably been at least as corrupt for as long but generally lacked the economic punch Chicago has. Other areas have probably been far more corrupt (if that is possible — again, it depends on how you weight the variables and define the terms) but lacked the ability of a Chicago or New Orleans to corrupt the government of an entire state. Hot Springs, Arkansas comes to mind as an example, or possibly Los Vegas, Nevada.

            • add Atlantic City …gee what do they all have in common other than Dems running the show? ***cough cough MOB cough cough***
              Trump tried to do a Casino in N.O. and when it was going to be only one lad based, and they had the usual cock-up with one winning the Casino contract and another company winning the bid for the Land it was to be built on Trump decided to stay a few weeks to maybe build a Hotel to serve the area … he left two days later saying he’d not build an outhouse in the State because it was too corrupt.

    • Have asked “Name one Non-black person who hold the same beliefs and who upholds the same policies I would not criticize.” and gotten crickets chirping in return. It is not a defense, it is an attempt to shut down the debate. Problem is, after calling me racist when I am not, Misogynist when I am not, and a terrorist when I am certainly not, I, and many more of those like me, really don’t give a damn what they call us, and it certainly ain’t going to shut us up any longer.

      • I agree. It is getting harder and harder to not say “Alright, I’m a racist. Now, on precisely what basis do you propose to defend the policies and behavior of that incompetent Uncle Tom you shoveled into the White House?”

        • I usually stick with “Marxist piece of Sh!t” instead of giving them something like Unc Tom.

        • BobtheRegisterredFool

          You can always reciprocate and tell them that anyone opposed to Lincolnist-Shermanist ideology is inherently a white supremacist.

          That said, I’ve long been of the school of thought that compares Barack Obama and Jefferson Davis.

            • Oh, come now, he’s nowhere near that mad. That would be too interesting.

              • Far too interesting. For that matter, I could even work with him going Eligabalus crazy.
                Right now he’s just kind of hovering around Romulus Augustus levels.

              • He is, if you take in account the different culture. He not only thinks communism can work, he thinks socialism was working here till Reagan undid it.

            • Caligula actually loved his sister. Obama only loves himself.

              • I think he loved the daddy he never knew. Seriously.

                • I can only plead memory lapse due to caffeine deficiency. I was aware of that, just slipped my mind.

                • Meh — that’s the easiest kind to love.

                  In general, it seems the Left loves (and hates) the creatures of their imaginations rather than the messy and inconvenient realities of this world. That is why “Communism simply hasn’t ever been done right” and why they constantly make their opponents into straw men (and women and transgendered and …). In the real world people are not so readily sorted into the categories our Leftists choose for them, which causes complexity which causes confusion and headaches which makes them angry.

                  For example, the so-called “Gender gap” favoring Democrats largely disappears when you factor out race (97% African-Americans support Democrats; as they are 13% of the population that produces a “Gender Gap” of about 7% — assuming a slightly larger portion of the A-A voting population are women) the gap is nearly eliminated, and when you account for marital status the Gap becomes a clear expression of the different views toward government of married women and single women.

                  This tendency to sort people into categories or classes by focusing on a single metric is contrary to the way in which people actually integrate the many facets of their lives: sex, faith, ethnic heritage, occupation, background experiences, aspirations, etc.

            • Christopher M. Chupik

              He’s not Caligula, he’s Caligula’s horse. Both are best known for being senators.

    • Yup.

      • Face it — it is easier by far to denounce opponents than to defend this presidency. Calling us [BADNAMES] is an open admission that they cannot support the policies and performance of their leaders.

    • Wanna know something sad? I read all the crap being done to shield Obama from criticism and think you guys don’t have it anywhere near as bad as the flamingly stupid critter we have as President back in the Philippines. My mom feels the need to rant every time I call home.

      • Yes, but he affects mostly just the Archipelago, ours affects nearly everyone

          • For example, Barry O has just about succeeded in nuclearizing the Middle East — what could possibly go wrong with that? Having the Iranians, Israelis, Saudis and Egyptians all holding nuclear triggers will si,ply encourage greater responsibility and maturity by all players.*

            *Quoting from an editorial soon to appear in the NY Times, probably from Thomas Friedman as well as the editorial staff.

          • That is the big thing the leftoids and big “L” Libertarian Isolationist/non-interventionist (totally different things I am told … 1 is the hope that nothing bad will happen to us if we ignore the rest of the world, the other is the hope that if we ignore the rest of the world, nothing bad will happen to us). We can too easily make things rotten the world ’round just by being, especially if we do stupid things like 0bama is doing.

      • I’ll have to admit… paying attention to politics in the Philippines is what cured me of my compulsion to follow politics. I had to go completely cold turkey. That was more than 20 years ago but I couldn’t even watch the news there without wanting to bang my head on a wall. Am I allowed to say so? (I know it seems like I’m still a political junkie, but this is after having learned to step back and keep some distance.)

        • Well, Shadow still speaks to me, and I’m pretty sure I laughed about the every-year-or-two military drills in the PI that always “accidentally” run into terrorists and tend to kill them. About five-ten years back, they had to chase the guys into a crooked politician’s living room before they could accidentally kill them, and thankfully there were enough of the PI’s military guys around that they were able to totally erase (officially) the Marine involvement, claiming they weren’t armed.

          I have no idea if they weren’t armed, but even if a Marine doesn’t have a gun, I sure wouldn’t want to be his team’s target!

    • “Code words” is the liberal term for turning someone into a straw man. “You didn’t say the thing that I can use the pre-prepared argument I heard from somewhere else against, so I’ll pretend to know what you REALLY meant, and argue with that instead.”

    • Yeah. When they started saying that “professor” was racist code, because of the people pointing out that for a supposed Constitutional Law prof, the POTUS doesn’t know jack about the Constitution, I gave up trying to keep track. Of course, these are the same people who go bat-sh*t crazy when you point out that only dogs can hear dog whistles.

  18. Right-on Rhiain. Reminds me a bit of what folks used to say to accusations of “racism” in my youth.

    One time us kids got up to some mischief or other, don’t rightly recall what, and got called on the carpet for it. We were a Crayola box of colors, not even including the mud, pollen, paint, and unidentifiable stuff we got into anyways. The old schoolhouse (not to be confused with where we went to “school” mind) took in everyone who wanted to learn how to read. Most times they brought their kids, the adults who taught and who wanted to learn both. Unsurprisingly, said kids formed a little kiddish mob and proceeded to get into the most trouble we could in the least time.

    So there was we. Ralphy had a black eye and pine sap sticking his elbow to his stomach, as I recall. John-John was dripping wet and smelly. I looked like the tar baby, having somehow discovered motor oil and how slick it was to slide across the grass on, I think. Or something very like, knowing us- the rest were in similar sorts.

    Ralphy was the new kid. So he protests the punishment, saying he’s being singled out because he’s black.

    Let that sink in for a moment. This be the South, some thirty odd years back. The rest of us looked at him like he’d suddenly grown duck lips. Racism? That was for other people. We were too poor to afford such airs.

    The lady that called us on the carpet, also black, not that it mattered- she was an adult. At that age, all adults were To Be Obeyed by all little-uns. Different world, y’all. What she said to him was,

    “Bein’ black don’t cut no ice with me, young-un. Bein’ black is secondary to bein’ moral.”

    Or something very like. I like to think she took Dr. King serious when he made that famous speech about content of character, because there were no favorites played with us kids. Just right and wrong. I’d much rather someone with values like the ones I was raised with no matter what they look like than a clone of me with the twisted sense of morals and justice that says equality of outcome rather than equal opportunity.

  19. Very well said!

  20. Joe Haldemans “The Forever War” was the Vietnam rebuttal to “Starship Troopers”. The war turned out to have been started by men afraid that the military would be shut down and the hive aliens were a singlet clone. Humanity cloned themselves into pseudomind hives kissed and made up with the aliens, offerred the hero a chance to be cloned as their warrior class and put him and his lady love out to pasture on a planet reserved for nonclones ala the Island in Brave New World. It was serialized in Analog in 72 or 73 and won the Hugo and the Nebula awards.

  21. Check my privilege? (Pats his lily white butt) Kiss my privilege. I grew up an American in Mexico with all the “Yankee go home” and “Pinche gringo” you could ever want. So what? There is horrific bigotry in Mexico for fellow Mexicans based on skin color and wealth.

    On my return to the US via the US Navy I ran smack dab into so called ‘reverse discrimination.’ Had one black sailor tell me in all seriousness that I owed him because my great grand pappy had owned his great grand pappy as a slave. Having already narrowly missed a couple of opportunities to get my gizzard split by dark and dusky fellow sailors I forebore to meniton to him that my great grand pappy fought with Mr. Lincoln’s Army to set his great grand pappy free and that perhaps now, over a centruy since those events, it was high time he got over it.

    The only thing the slave owner owes the slave is the means to sustain his life which he denies the slave the opportunity to win for himself. All claims to be owed something on the basis of a historical grievance long since rendered irrelevant is a devolution to a slave’s perspective: Massa owes me my positive rights.

    Which brings me back to Kiss My Privilege.

  22. Well said, Rhiain. Obviously none of the left has ever been in the military or in combat. You don’t give a rats ass for skin color or any other ‘games’ like that. You care that the people around you will do their jobs, as you will do yours. And if it comes down to it, you’ll haul them back to the aid station just like they will you. As far as ‘white privilege’, I grew up in the deep south in the 50s and 60s. My neighbors were Creoles, blacks, Mestizo, Cajuns and whites. We kids all played together, ate at different houses, and we were all ‘poor’ by the standards of the day. I worked from the time I was fourteen, to better myself. Did twenty plus years in the military, and have worked another twenty-three since I retired. I’m not rich, don’t have advanced degrees, or servants. My friends cross multiple ethnicities. They can take their white privilege and shove it where the sun don’t shine…

  23. Basically saying that you do not care about race isn’t enough anymore. Now you need to support and eulogize any and all actions by that race/sex/orientation. But that only goes one way. And it is pathetic.

    No one is ‘equal’ in the manner these SJWs tell us. They have their whole ideology bingo and hierarchy, and in ‘their spaces’ they can be even more aggressive and oppressive than anything that is done outside. It’s outrageous when a bakery will not serve a minority but a mob can force a man out of work and out of his life. Ms. Warren is feted while Dr. Carson is demonized (regardless of what one thinks of his politics he should be an inspiration, but the political is personal now). That’s not even a pathetic state of affairs. It’s just wrong.

  24. “If people want this country to reach a point where we are truly
    post-racial, conversations about white privilege don’t help at all.”

    I think this is a really important point, and it’s frustrating that we can’t make our liberal friends (at least the ones who are truly well-meaning) see this: Their obsession with race and their preferred policies are helping perpetuate the very problems they say they want to fix.

    “I didn’t know at the time that Obama’s skin color mattered that much,
    until these same people accused his critics of racism for voicing
    disapproval of his policies.”

    That’s also very frustrating.

  25. Nobody ever told us kids to read Alexandre Dumas for Black History Month. Apparently, if you make a lot of money and have a lot of fun, people just stick you on the Classics shelf….

    PS – Am listening to the newish biography of Dumas grandpere, General Alexandre Dumas. He was so awesome that he’s beyond awesome. Also, the book (The Black Count) features safecracking as aid to archival research

    • Huh! I never knew he was black. Seriously, until I read your comment just now, I had no clue. …I don’t care, but I really never knew!

      • Heck, I only knew because I recently ran into a barb at someone who tried to insult him on blood-grounds from him that went some like “My father was (half black), my grandfather was (black), my great grandfather was an ape; this, sir, indicates that my family tree goes in precisely the opposite direction of yours.”

        (even the stuff outside of the parenthesis is from vague memory, and it’s not like it would’ve been in English anyways…..)

        • Pro tip: Aleksandr Pushkin was also black. His family history is another one that makes the average SCA “Scotsman on the SIlk Road” persona biography look tame. And he really did shoot his initials into the walls of his apartment with his dueling pistols. (In his defense, he was very bored and in exile, and they weren’t very nice lodgings.) He ended up dying in a fixed duel, poor idiot.

          I highly recommend reading him, because his poetry’s so awesome he’s even awesome in translation. His stories are fun, too. Of course, mostly the literary establishment just want you to read his depressing stories, not the ones about fairy tale princesses and cats. And if you know even a little Russian, you can read a little Pushkin.

          • But yeah, Pushkin’s great-grandfather, General Abram Gannibal (Russian for Hannibal) has tons of European descendants in the nobility, including a Mountbatten.

            So yeah, how many privilege points is that worth?

    • The Black Count — his father. It’s cool.

  26. Wonderfully well-written. I’ve been thinking a lot about the state of race relations in this country recently (even wrote a post about it: https://susannahailenemartin.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/i-dont-like-black-people/). I think it’s wonderful to hear from someone who doesn’t go along with the mentality of victimization that our culture thrusts on us. You go Rhiain!