Racism is "

The inability or refusal to recognize the rights, needs, dignity, or value of people of particular races or geographical origins. More widely, the devaluation of various traits of character or intelligence as 'typical' of particular peoples."

The term "white privilege" is a racist statement about the white race. This racist "slur" implies every white person believes he or she is superior to all other races. As it turns out there is also Black privilege, Asian privilege, Indian privilege, male privilege, female privilege, etc. Belonging to a group makes us feel superior because we are member of a particular race or gender. When a person tries to enforce his or her "privilege" by discriminating against another race or sex by demeaning another person by word or deed is wrong. Thinking you are somehow superior because of your race or sex is not a sin, it's just being human.

In the first half of the last century especially in the deep south, whites were entitled to their privileged status by law and custom over blacks. Due to the work by Martin Luther King and others both black and white; this kind of white privilege was formally overturned by the Voting Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The new laws were forcibly and successfully enforced in the South by the Federal Government.

Today, white privilege is a state of mind as Ms Silver clearly told us. Ms. Silver tells us she feels a culture shock in the grimy laundromat. This shock is evidence of her privilege. I don't doubt she felt that way. Feelings of white privilege and not acting on them does no harm to anyone. In the South, in the 1930's and 40's, blacks were hunted down like animals and killed because they violated white privilege. All white juries found the obvious killers innocent of their crimes. Those days are long gone.

Claiming all white people feel somehow superior just isn't true. Now more than ever in American all people have an equal chance to succeed because of their efforts or end up doing their laundry in a bad neighborhood. It's time to retire the term "white privilege" it was outlawed decades ago in America.

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