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.






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White people currently have privilege, colonized , and enslaved Black people in this thought experiment.

And this is the reality, so what you read below is the current state of the global paradigm of our shared global reality that is white supremacy.

White people are the only racial group that is privileged in modern society solely due to their physical features. This is true because of the following reasons:

White Privilege and White Supremacy

  • Colonization:

    • ucfirst(white) people ventured outside of their homelands in 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.
    • ucfirst(white) people, however, first enslaved the indigenous people of but, due to the introduction of diseases that locals had no immunity to, white people killed off indigenous 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 , which they called the "New World".
    • Of course, even 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.
  • Supremacy:

    • supremacy is the systemic persecution of non- 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:

    • supremacy means that people are privileged solely because of their physical characteristics and social standing in society.
    • Because of this association between success and purity and ness, 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 society results in systemic consequences.
    • For instance, 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 supremacy is the fact that privilege gives a person so much power that, many times, people simply cannot understand what it is like not to be .
    • This has led to the misguided belief that reverse racism (or racist acts towards people) actually exists.
    • The power dynamics at play in modern society under the paradigm of supremacy greatly privileges people due to their physical characteristics and prominence in a society that favors the existence of people.
    • Systemically, it is impossible for 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 people created based on the supposed inferiority of non- 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 groups, it is simply prejudice, while when this bias is directed towards non- groups (even by other non- groups), this is what should actually be considered racism.
    • Yes, there may actually be violent cases of non- people directing anger at people solely due to their victims' ness, but even such acts are not racist (although if you are non-, I strongly disagree with wasting your life, time or future in a jail or prison cell just because you wanted revenge against 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 supremacy, not that of others!
  • Criminal Justice:

    • Speaking of racism and supremacy, criminal justice in places where people are the majority have meant that non- people are at an inherent disadvantage.
    • In this world of supremacy, non- 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- police force, and the rise of -extremist ideologies in police forces.
    • Acknowledge, also, the history of policing, which originated in organized attempts to capture enslaved persons of non- descent who had either been freed or escaped slavery, only to be captured again by the precursors to the modern police force.
    • Thus, non- people never really stand a chance at true justice in the criminal justice system in -majority nations as the intersections of 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:

    • 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 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 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 , 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 Christianity on a global scale.