So, the Democrat presidential candidates participated in a “forum” yesterday. This is what the DNC is pushing instead of debates. Basically a forum is a one-on-one between a single candidate and a questioner or questioners. In other words, it’s what candidates do every time they do interviews on any network or cable news program or when they hold a campaign “town hall.”
This particular “forum” was “the Black and Brown” forum.
Democrats, man. They are neck-deep in identity politics. What’s creepy about it is they really don’t see anything wrong with holding a “Black and Brown” forum. When I read that, it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. And not just because the Democrat presidential candidates are all so intensely white they’re practically translucent.
This creepy need to divide the American people based on the level of melanin in their skin just seems so, well, pre-1865.
Then again, the Democrats are the ones who have been wanting to take us back to the pre-Civil War Era ever since the Civil War ended.
But because the Democrat Party is all about identity politics and because Democrats love to trounce all over this fiction that white people are inherently racist and only succeed in life because of the color of their skin, one of the college students who got to ask a question to Hillary Clinton decided to ask her to give examples of her own “White Privilege.”
Ironically enough, the college student who asked this question is a student at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa — one of the finest private universities in the Midwest. One would assume since she is attending a privileged university that she, like Hillary, would be white. But, remember, it’s a “Black and Brown” forum. The questioner is Latino. I don’t know how she managed to get into Drake University without White Privilege, but there you go.
And of course, asking about White Privilege when you are conducting a “Black and Brown” forum is kind of hilarious. I mean, if there were really White Privilege, we could hold a “Whites Only” forum and nobody would be stunned. But of course, you can’t have a “Whites Only” forum the way you can have a “Black and Brown” forum, can you?
So much for “White Privilege.”
Any old how. Hillary’s answer is a standard Clinton non-answer (and no, I’m not subjecting you to the video. I took the bullet for you and transcribed her answer):
“Look. Uh … where do I start? Uh … I … uh … I think … it is … it is hard when you’re swimming in the ocean to know exactly what’s happening around you so much as it is when you’re standing on the shore perhaps watching. For me, you know, look, I was born white, middle class, in the middle of America. I went to good public schools, I had a … a very strong, supportive family. Um… I had a lot of great … um … experiences growing up. I went to a … uh … wonderful college. I went to law school. I never really … um … knew what was or wasn’t part of the privilege. I just knew that I was a lucky person. And that being lucky was in part related to who I … who I am, where I’m from … uh … and the opportunities I had.”
Except for the puzzling analogy about swimming in the ocean which frankly I have yet to noodle out, what Hillary is describing sounds less like “White Privilege” and more like “American Privilege.”
It wasn’t that you were lucky, Hillary. You were blessed. Blessed to be born in a nation that allows someone like you the opportunity to attend a “wonderful college” and law school despite the fact that you were not (at the time) über-wealthy.
That isn’t “White Privilege.” After all, this young Latino woman is also having this great opportunity to attend Drake University. She’s not white. But she is in America. Perhaps she should be reminded of that.
The problem with Hillary’s answer is, she accepts the premise of “White Privilege.” Of course she does. Hillary is a panderer from way back. She is heavily depending on the Obama coalition to drag her over the finish line and that means pandering to minorities. And pandering to minorities means playing up the racial divide.
If Hillary were in any way, shape, manner or form “authentic,” she would have challenged this young woman on the premise of her question.
Instead, she alludes to having been “swimming in White Privilege” while this poor, unfortunate Latino girl stands on the shore and watches.
But the only way this young woman could have been able to participate in this forum to begin with is if she too were swimming in that ocean right along with Hillary.
And she is, isn’t she?
Clearly she’s not suffering in life. She’s a student at Drake University. She’s not some poor, benighted girl wearing rags and standing outside of campus wistfully wishing she were white so she could attend. If Hillary got where she was because of “White Privilege,” then how did she get to Drake University? “Latino Privilege?” Isn’t the fact that she is a student at a top Midwest University proof that she too is being given opportunities?
And what allows both this Latino student and Hillary Clinton to have these opportunities is they are both in the United States of America.
You see, this is what just bugs me about Democrats. They are more willing to believe some convoluted myth of “White Privilege” than ever acknowledge what a blessing it is to live in the United States of America.
They can’t bring themselves to even recognize what a gift it is to be an American.
You know what American exceptionalism really is? “American privilege.”
Dear Lord, those who are considered poor in America would be well off compared to the poor in most parts of the rest of the world.
Consider this from the Heritage Foundation from 2010:
• 80 percent of poor households have air conditioning. In 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.
• 92 percent of poor households have a microwave.
• Nearly three-fourths have a car or truck, and 31 percent have two or more cars or trucks.
• Nearly two-thirds have cable or satellite TV.
• Two-thirds have at least one DVD player, and 70 percent have a VCR.
• Half have a personal computer, and one in seven have two or more computers.
• More than half of poor families with children have a video game system, such as an Xbox or PlayStation.
• 43 percent have Internet access.
• One-third have a wide-screen plasma or LCD TV.
• One-fourth have a digital video recorder system, such as a TiVo.
This is poverty in America. When you compare that to poverty outside of this country, even poor Americans can claim “American Privilege.”
Before the Federal Government got overly involved in our free market, we had an economy that enabled those born into poverty to have the opportunity to rise up, pull themselves out of poverty and live a productive and comfortable life. Just look at the life of Dr. Ben Carson who grew up in poverty in Detroit and went on to become the top pediatric neurosurgeon in the world.
Was that “White Privilege?!” Hell no! He’s black for God’s sake!
That isn’t “White Privilege.” It is “American Privilege.” And every American who wants to make his or her life better can do it.
Every single citizen who lives in this country has the privilege of being American. Dear God. If being American weren’t a privilege and an opportunity, why would all these people from other countries want so badly to come here?
America is the land of opportunity. Or, at least it was before Obama got his hooks in it. What gets in the way of every American being able to take advantage of “American Privilege” is the Federal Government. The intrusion of the Federal Government into our free market economy, our educational system and our healthcare system is putting a damper on that opportunity.
There is no “White Privilege.” No matter how much the pampered, entitled Black and Brown questioners at a Democrat forum want to believe there is.
There is American Privilege. It is rooted in our individual liberty and sovereignty. It is enabled because we live in a nation that recognizes that all of us are created with certain unalienable rights — rights that the Government cannot dictate, limit or bestow upon us. Our rights are ours separate and apart from anything the Government would do. This is what makes this nation exceptional. This is what gives each of us the opportunity to succeed. Big Government the likes of which Obama, Hillary and Bernie Sanders firmly believe in is what stands in the way of every single American citizen having the opportunity to fully enjoy “American Privilege.”
But don’t expect Hillary to say anything like that.
She believes it helps her electoral chances to fan the flames of division by agreeing that America is a racist country. Even if that means waxing metaphorically about swimming in an ocean of “White Privilege.”
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