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White discrimination claims

I have been seeing reports that some Americans believe they are the victims of white discrimination. I challenge them to answer the following questions.

Have you ever been redlined? Did a black employee get the job you applied for, even though you were more qualified? Have you ever been pulled over for “driving while white”? Did a bank ever turn you down for a loan because of your address? Has your application for an apartment ever been rejected? Have you ever come to work and found vulgar/threatening messages or objects meant specifically for you?

If you can answer yes to most of these questions, then possibly you are a victim of white discrimination, but not probably, because these kinds of discrimination typically do not happen to whites.

It is an irrefutable fact that the U.S. criminal justice system punishes Blacks more aggressively than Whites, so this is not an example of white discrimination. Another irrefutable fact is that whites earn more than blacks or Hispanics in the U.S. Again, not an example of white discrimination. Perhaps those self-styled victims need to ask themselves the same question as that uttered by a cute old lady back in 1984, “Where’s the beef?”

Maggie Sullivan



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