So says author Rav Arora s a recent story published in the New York Post.
Arora is an Indian Canadian spurred to investigate the notion of white privilege when a white friend said he thought it was his “calling to help end the oppression people of color like you face in our society. I understand I have white privilege. And that has consequences.”
His message left me feeling bewildered, says Arora. What “oppression” had I actually faced? And what “privilege” had society conferred upon my friend because of his white skin?
To help answer his questions, Arora did a little research and uncovered a few facts that beg the question, ‘what white privilege actually exists?’ Below are a few examples from Arora’s article:
- According to median household income statistics from the US Census Bureau, several minority groups substantially out-earn whites. These groups include:
- Pakistani Americans
- Lebanese Americans
- South African Americans (race unknown)
- Filipino Americans
- Sri Lankan Americans
- Iranian Americans (in addition to several others).
- Indians, the group I belong to, are the highest-earning ethnic group the census keeps track of, with almost double the household median income of whites.
- In Canada, several minority groups also significantly out-earn whites, including
- South Asian Canadians
- Arab Canadians
- Japanese Canadians.
- Interestingly, several black immigrant groups have a median household income well above the American average. They include:
- Further to take one example Ghanian Americans , earn more than several specific white groups such as:
- Dutch Americans
- French Americans
- Polish Americans
- British Americans
- Russian Americans.
Arora mused, do Ghanaians have some kind of sub-Saharan African privilege?
Another misnomer relative to the white privilege, surprising to many, is there are 16 million White Americans living in poverty– twice as many as Blacks living in poverty. Now before comparing ratios of populations, identify the privileges those 16 million White Americans are enjoying.
Perhaps as a society we should start considering what makes privilege. Could it actually be a number of factors? Consider the following:
- A cohesive family unit for support and safety
- Family wealth passed from generation to generation
- Education privilege – more education equals more opportunities
- The privilege of trying hard to succeed
- The privilege of hope
- The privilege of not assuming victimhood
To read Arora’s complete story, visit the New York Post.