Thursday, March 1, 2018

By identity logic, poor whites are people of color, and Jews and Asians are the whitest people of all

When left identitarians speak of white privilege, they point to the likelihood of living in bad homes or being homeless, going to bad schools, getting bad health care, having bad job opportunities, and being killed by the police.

By this logic, poor white people are not white, and Jews and Asians are whiter than Christian white people.

1. The racial statistics for poverty and police killings are identical: poor black and white people are equally likely to be killed by the police, and rich black and white people are equally unlikely. See Why #BlackLivesMatter should be #PoorLivesMatter—now with graphics.

2. The richest ethnic groups—the groups that live in the best neighborhoods, go to the best schools, get the best health care, have the best job opportunities, and are least likely to be killed by the police—are Jews and Asians. See List of ethnic groups in the United States by household income and How income varies among U.S. religious groups.

3. Identitarians who argue that privilege is about prejudice fail to notice that poor whites have always faced prejudice, as terms like "white trash" and "redneck" show. The prejudice against the white poor may be as old as the idea of whiteness. See White trash - Wikipedia:
In 1833, Fanny Kemble, an English actress visiting Georgia, noted in her journal: "The slaves themselves entertain the very highest contempt for white servants, whom they designate as 'poor white trash'".