Racial Privilege Hypothetical


The dynamics of race are much more complex and nuanced than what search engines or Dictionary.com could fathom.


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The following is my best attempt to concoct a thought experiment to express what would have to be the case for have non-white privilege (of a specified non-white racial/ethnic group) in the same context that white privilege and supremacy exists today.


Overview: White Privilege and White Supremacy

  • Colonization:

    • White people ventured outside of their homelands in Europe to seek other land and resources to plunder.
    • After finding land to plunder as they committed genocide on indigenous populations. White people, then, explored other lands to plunder for the sake of increasing capital gains.
    • White people, however, first enslaved the indigenous people of Turtle Island but, due to the introduction of diseases that First Nations locals had no immunity to, White people killed off indigenous First Nations populations due to infections, harsh labor, outright genocide, among other things.
    • But the systemic genocide of indigenous people meant that White people had to find another source of labor, this time, from a different location where the population is perceived to be more fruitful.
    • Thus, White people soon enslaved Black people and shipped them off to Turtle Island, which they called the New World.
    • Of course, even East Asian people faced the effects of colonization, colonial mentality, and imperialism due to White influence.
    • Since the beginning of White exploration of other lands, White supremacy has been the predominant global paradigm that has defined every aspect of human society.
  • White Supremacy:

    • White supremacy is the systemic persecution of non-White people and involves the injection of Whiteness in every aspect of society, whether it be social, political, economic, and the like.
    • However, there is the common misconception that White supremacy is simply the faction of White people who believe in White nationalism or White people who are extremely racist towards non‐White people.
    • But what does racism actually mean in a world of White privilege?
  • Racism:

    • White supremacy means that White people are privileged solely because of their physical characteristics and social standing in society.
    • Because of this association between success and purity and Whiteness, the concept of racism is much more than simply acts of bigotry towards a person of another race/ethnicity by someone of another race/ethnicity.
    • Due to their positions of power, anything done by White society results in systemic consequences.
    • For instance, White people have historically used fear and physical violence to traumatize the minds of human beings belonging to other ethnic groups and, while in recent times, violence has been less prevalent, microaggressions and other, more covert forms of racism, are still commonplace.
    • But at the root of racism under the paradigm of White supremacy is the fact that White privilege gives a White person so much power that, many times, White people simply cannot understand what it is like not to be White.
    • This has led to the misguided belief that reverse racism (or racist acts towards White people) actually exists.
    • The power dynamics at play in modern society under the paradigm of White supremacy greatly privileges White people due to their physical characteristics and prominence in a society that favors the existence of White people.
    • Systemically, it is impossible for White people to personally understand the effects of racism (much less face the effects of racism) as, systemically, they cannot be victims of a system that fellow White people created based on the supposed inferiority of non-White people. That's like saying that a disabled person can ever be ableist to an able-bodied, able-minded person. It's simply absurd!
    • While there is such a thing as racial/ethnic bias towards or against certain groups, when it comes to White groups, it is simply prejudice, while when this bias is directed towards non-White groups (even by other non-White groups), this is what should actually be considered racism.
    • Yes, there may actually be violent cases of non-White people directing anger at White people solely due to their victims' Whiteness, but even such acts are not racist (although if you are non-White, I strongly disagree with wasting your life, time or future in a jail or prison cell just because you wanted revenge against White people knowing that the criminal justice system does not and will not favor you).
    • The suspect, in this case, can still never utilize their privilege to systemically suppress the cultures of other groups who aren't like them because the global paradigm backs White supremacy, not that of others!
  • Criminal Justice:

    • Speaking of racism and White supremacy, criminal justice in places where White people are the majority have meant that non-White people are at an inherent disadvantage.
    • In this world of White supremacy, non-White people are more likely to be incarcerated, have increased rates of recidivism (compared to White people), are falsely convicted at a higher rate than White people, are given longer sentences than White people, and are executed at a higher rate than White people where the death penalty is still a constitutional punishment.
    • This is direct the result of overpolicing, outright bias, a majority-White police force, and the rise of White-extremist ideologies in police forces.
    • Acknowledge, also, the history of policing, which originated in organized attempts to capture enslaved persons of non-White descent who had either been freed or escaped slavery, only to be captured again by the precursors to the modern police force.
    • Thus, non-White people never really stand a chance at true justice in the criminal justice system in White-majority nations as the intersections of White supremacy, systemic racism, and racism in police forces make it impossible to reach the level of freedom, liberty and justice for all that all citizens are supposed to be entitled to.
  • Stereotypes and Social Expectations:

    • White supremacy requires upholding certain social norms that favor White sensibilities and sensitivities.
    • For instance, when Black people, and other marginalized racial/ethnic groups succeed, they are upheld as the reason why racism no longer exists, because they can become doctors, lawyers, even President too!
    • However, when someone else who is Black is arrested, commits anti-social behavior, or is murdered by the police, even the influential members of the White elite act as if they have no critical thinking abilities and blame it on the animalistic nature of Black people, as opposed to the civilized ideals of White people.
    • At the same time, the frame of reference is always from the White perspective. This is the doing of White supremacy and how White culture has been exported throughout the world.
    • This is why White culture is the basis of society's ideals of beauty, respectability, and civilization. Ideas like the nation state came from Enlightenment ideals in $homeland's golden age and resulted in foregoing $homeland's formerly collectivist ideals in favor of individualistic, but highly prejudiced, ideas that led to the idealization of the nation-state and justifying White colonization of the rest of the world.
    • Some of the other side effects of White supremacy in the modern world include: colorism, cultural appropriation, othering, and orientalism of non-white cultures, the spread of the nation-state, hatred for traditional non-Western customs, homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, ableism, antisemitism, Islamaphobia, xenophobia, the advent of neo-liberal ideas of individual economic freedoms without respect for its consequences (e.g. capitalism), and the spread and supremacy of Europe on a global scale.
  • Colonization:

    • White people ventured outside of their homelands in Europe to seek other land and resources to plunder.
    • After finding land to plunder as they committed genocide on indigenous populations. White people, then, explored other lands to plunder for the sake of increasing capital gains.
    • White people, however, first enslaved the indigenous people of Turtle Island but, due to the introduction of diseases that First Nations locals had no immunity to, White people killed off indigenous First Nations populations due to infections, harsh labor, outright genocide, among other things.
    • But the systemic genocide of indigenous people meant that White people had to find another source of labor, this time, from a different location where the population is perceived to be more fruitful.
    • Thus, White people soon enslaved Black people and shipped them off to Turtle Island, which they called the "New World".
    • Of course, even East Asian people faced the effects of colonization, colonial mentality, and imperialism due to White influence.
    • Since the beginning of White exploration of other lands, White supremacy has been the predominant global paradigm that has defined every aspect of human society.
  • White Supremacy:

    • White supremacy is the systemic persecution of non-White people and involves the injection of Whiteness in every aspect of society, whether it be social, political, economic, and the like.
    • However, there is the common misconception that White supremacy is simply the faction of White people who believe in White nationalism or White people who are extremely racist towards non‐White people.
    • But what does racism actually mean in a world of White privilege?
  • Racism:

    • White supremacy means that White people are privileged solely because of their physical characteristics and social standing in society.
    • Because of this association between success and purity and Whiteness, the concept of racism is much more than simply acts of "bigotry" towards a person of another race/ethnicity by someone of another race/ethnicity.
    • Due to their positions of power, anything done by White society results in systemic consequences.
    • For instance, White people have historically used fear and physical violence to traumatize the minds of human beings belonging to other ethnic groups and, while in recent times, violence has been less prevalent, microaggressions and other, more covert forms of racism, are still commonplace.
    • But at the root of racism under the paradigm of White supremacy is the fact that White privilege gives a White person so much power that, many times, White people simply cannot understand what it is like not to be White.
    • This has led to the misguided belief that reverse racism (or racist acts towards White people) actually exists.
    • The power dynamics at play in modern society under the paradigm of White supremacy greatly privileges White people due to their physical characteristics and prominence in a society that favors the existence of White people.
    • Systemically, it is impossible for White people to personally understand the effects of racism (much less face the effects of racism) as, systemically, they cannot be victims of a system that fellow White people created based on the supposed inferiority of non-White people. That's like saying that a disabled person can ever be ableist to an able-bodied, able-minded person. It's simply absurd!
    • While there is such a thing as racial/ethnic bias towards or against certain groups, when it comes to White groups, it is simply prejudice, while when this bias is directed towards non-White groups (even by other non-White groups), this is what should actually be considered racism.
    • Yes, there may actually be violent cases of non-White people directing anger at White people solely due to their victims' Whiteness, but even such acts are not racist (although if you are non-White, I strongly disagree with wasting your life, time or future in a jail or prison cell just because you wanted revenge against White people knowing that the criminal justice system does not and will not favor you).
    • The suspect, in this case, can still never utilize their privilege to systemically suppress the cultures of other groups who aren't like them because the global paradigm backs White supremacy, not that of others!
  • Criminal Justice:

    • Speaking of racism and White supremacy, criminal justice in places where White people are the majority have meant that non-White people are at an inherent disadvantage.
    • In this world of White supremacy, non-White people are more likely to be incarcerated, have increased rates of recidivism (compared to White people), are falsely convicted at a higher rate than White people, are given longer sentences than White people, and are executed at a higher rate than White people where the death penalty is still a constitutional punishment.
    • This is direct the result of overpolicing, outright bias, a majority-White police force, and the rise of White-extremist ideologies in police forces.
    • Acknowledge, also, the history of policing, which originated in organized attempts to capture enslaved persons of non-White descent who had either been freed or escaped slavery, only to be captured again by the precursors to the modern police force.
    • Thus, non-White people never really stand a chance at true justice in the criminal justice system in White-majority nations as the intersections of White supremacy, systemic racism, and racism in police forces make it impossible to reach the level of freedom, liberty and justice for all that all citizens are supposed to be entitled to.
  • Stereotypes and Social Expectations:

    • White supremacy requires upholding certain social norms that favor White sensibilities and sensitivities.
    • For instance, when Black people, and other marginalized racial/ethnic groups succeed, they are upheld as the reason why racism no longer exists, because they can become doctors, lawyers, even President too!
    • However, when someone else who is Black is arrested, commits anti-social behavior, or is murdered by the police, even the influential members of the White elite act as if they have no critical thinking abilities and blame it on the "animalistic" nature of Black people, as opposed to the civilized ideals of White people.
    • At the same time, the frame of reference is always from the White perspective. This is the doing of White supremacy and how White culture has been exported throughout the world.
    • This is why White culture is the basis of society's ideals of beauty, respectability, and civilization. Ideas like the nation state came from Enlightenment ideals in Europe's golden age and resulted in foregoing Europe's formerly collectivist ideals in favor of individualistic, but highly prejudiced, ideas that led to the idealization of the nation-state and justifying White colonization of the rest of the world.
    • Some of the other side effects of White supremacy in the modern world include: colorism, cultural appropriation, othering, and orientalism of non-white cultures, the spread of the nation-state, hatred for traditional non-Western customs, homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, ableism, antisemitism, Islamaphobia, xenophobia, the advent of neo-liberal ideas of individual economic freedoms without respect for its consequences (e.g. capitalism), and the spread and supremacy of Europe on a global scale.

Colonialism: White Colonization of the Globe

White people traveled from their homeland in Europe to Turtle Island and claimed it as their New World. However, First Nations people already had ownership over these lands. Conflicts between the White colonizers and the indigenous First Nations peoples of Turtle Island resulted in armed conflicts well into the 20th century over land rights, with many civil suits over land rights still pending.

However, colonization occurred at a global scale. In addition to lands belonging to First Nations people, Black people (who were enslaved) and to East Asian people (who have been othered in White society) were also stolen while, in many instances, East Asian people (seen as model minorities) utilized White economic theories to succeed, especially East Asian immigrants in the West.

Colonization made it so that White influence became, not only a global phenomenon, but the race paradigm, even though (with the proliferation of concepts of human rights) White supremacy and rule over First Nations, Black, and East Asian homelands have taken more covert forms, including economic dependency.

Postcolonialism: White Influence on the Globe

Path dependencies ravage the native lands of First Nations, Black, and East Asian people in the postcolonial era.

But such injustices have also shown themselves to be the case in these United States. For instance, First Nations people, for all of their efforts in the name of resistance, have lost many integral aspects of their cultures, traditions, and even languages through the systemic efforts by White people to integrate them in re-education institutions and boarding schools. Black descendants of enslaved Black people continue to face intense discrimination in White society, had thier cultures stolen from them (but created a new culture of their own that includes aspects of each ethnic group that makes up the Black diaspora), and even face distrust from East Asian, First Nations, and other minority groups. In fact, postcolonial society reminisces colonial society so much that there is even the need for the 'Black Lives Matter' movement, albeit with the competing 'All Lives Matter' movement or 'Blue Lives Matter' used as slogans to justify police brutality (and other forms of brutalization) exerted among {enslaved} and other ethnic and racial minority communities. This is a testament to the deep racial tensions at the heart of these United States which, not too long ago, encouraged and enforced segregation and discrimination against minority groups (primarily against Black people). Finally, while Black and First Nations communities often see East Asian people as 'model minorities' (with the many attempts by White people to wedge divisions among minority communities), before the 1970's, East Asian people in the United States were often seen as lazy, uneducated people. This is due to the post-1970's spike in immigration from native East Asian lands.

But from Europe to Turtle Island, White influence has stretched far beyond the borders of nearly any other civilization in history. However, this has had numerous consequences on the homelands of First Nations, Black and East Asian people. First Nations lands, for instance, have been decimated by colonial influence and, in many cases, First Nations people are actually the minority on their own lands, with nations like these United States containing a very small First Nations population in comparison to the majority White people, as well as Black and East Asian people. Black lands, meanwhile, became resource farms for Europe, having been colonized (to some degree) since the days that Black people were enslaved by White colonizers and sent to Turtle Island. Finally, even East Asian lands have been affected as colonization and allyship with Europe have shifted traditional East Asian cultures from those that respected their land and culture to those that are willing to sacrifice it all for capital gain - a remnant of colonial mentality now ingrained in East Asian cultures. Furthermore, especially among First Nations and Black populations, Europe has spread to become the predominant religion in these their homelands and among the Black diaspora.