'White Privilege' Is Not What Is Holding Blacks Back Today

By Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson | April 29, 2015 | 9:52am EDT

Protestors stand outside the Edward A. Garmatz United States District Courthouse during a march for Freddie Gray, Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal trauma a week after being arrested by a group of officers, hoisted into police van and driven to a Baltimore station. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore is just one more example of “white supremacy” to the mob in the street – but is it really?

First, let’s look at what white supremacy is understood to be: the belief, theory, or doctrine that white people are inherently superior to other racial groups and therefore should politically, economically and socially rule non-whites.

This is said to go back to America’s founding – whites made blacks slaves, abused Native Americans and Christianized (how horrible!) racial minorities.

Whites had historical advantages that lasted well beyond slavery into Jim Crow and supposedly even now, say strident black activists. This translated into better educational and economic opportunities as well as the transfer of generational wealth.
There is certainly truth in this, but two points must be made:

  • None of this history explains the crime and rampant immorality that permeates the black community today. Even though blacks had it tough during Jim Crow, black families were intact and crime was relatively low, because blacks then, for the most part, were a moral people. Today the overall American illegitimacy rate is about 33 percent (26 percent for whites). For blacks, it’s over 70 percent – approximately three times the level of black out of wedlock births that existed when the War on Poverty began in 1964!
  • This is 2015, people! Since Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” began there has been a massive wealth transfer to black Americans in the form of welfare and other handouts. And affirmative action, designed to grant special consideration to minorities and women in employment and education, has given blacks unprecedented advantages. Today it’s safe to say that if “white privilege” (which supposedly flows from “white supremacy”) were weighed against “black privilege,” there’s really no comparison. And the above advantages don’t even scratch the surface of the social advantages of being black today.

Just think about the latitude blacks are given today to express themselves – particularly on race issues. Blacks can say whatever they want about whites with little fear of criticism or backlash. Black entertainers, members of the Congressional Black Caucus, black professors and other black public figures routinely denigrate and stereotype white people. Contrast that with the muzzle put over whites.

Whites are not allowed to make fun of or criticize black people, no matter how crazy blacks act. If a white person dares to speak the truth about blacks, he or she will be labeled “racist” and immediately shut down. Separate but not equal – sounds a lot like Jim Crow.

Let’s face it: “White supremacy” and “white privilege” are NOT what is killing and holding blacks back today – blacks are killing each other and whites due to the rage and anger that exists as a result of the meltdown of the black family.

The numbers prove that.

Demonstrators protest in the streets as they march for Freddie Gray to Baltimore's City Hall, Saturday, April 25, 2015. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The 2013 FBI Uniform Crime Report, a compilation of annual crime statistics, shows that black offenders killed 90 percent of black victims; 14 percent of white victims were killed by black offenders; yet only 7.6 percent of black victims were killed by white offenders. Blacks also made up 42 percent of all cop killers whose race was known.

Blacks are less than 13 percent of the national population, but according to the U.S. Department of Justice, they accounted for 52.5 percent of homicide offenders from 1980 to 2008.

The reason this “white supremacy” and “white privilege” argument is so popular now is because – ironically enough, after the election of the first black president (at least since Bill Clinton) – the first black president himself, along with his racist attorney general, Eric Holder, and his equally bad replacement, Loretta Lynch, are promoting it!

Some blacks complain that “The System” only allows a few token “negroes” to succeed. If this were the case, wouldn’t “The System” make sure that those who succeed are “Stepin Fetchits,” “Uncle Toms,” “Coons,” etc.? But there are plenty of blacks succeeding who hate whites – people like Obama, Oprah, Toni Morrison, Spike Lee, rapper Azealia Banks, Samuel Jackson and others.

So, just exactly how is “The System” stopping other “non-token negroes” from succeeding? Answer: It isn’t.

Though the white liberal “System” under Lyndon B. Johnson certainly helped devastate the black family by providing welfare programs to single women and discouraging them from having a man in the house, blacks cannot continue to blame “The System” or whites in general 50 years later! Racists like Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., blamed the CIA for putting crack into the black community. Did the CIA waterboard blacks into taking the drugs? Does the CIA force blacks to kill other blacks? This is madness.

Someday, when we look back at these times, we will see this as when America lost its mind – and especially when so many black Americans lost their minds. They gave into blame and excuse making. Only a hard look in the mirror will bring back sanity to the black community. This is the real black privilege black Americans have been given and should jump at – one more chance to stop blaming and get it right.

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND), is the most courageous, outspoken critic of the liberal left and the so-called "black leadership" in America today. Often referred to as the "antidote to Jesse Jackson", Jesse Peterson is also the man behind the National Boycott of the NAACP, believing the organization to be nothing more than a tool of the "elite, socialist" elements of the liberal elite. You can find out more about Jesse and listen to his national radio show M-F, 9 a.m. - 12 Noon ET / 6-9 a.m. PT here.

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