Skip to comments.What White Privilege Looks Like When Youíre Poor
Posted on 05/26/2014 11:25:00 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
Inevitably, when you talk about white privilege someone will ask the question, What about poor white people? What privilege do they have?
In January 1961, John F. Kennedy was inagurated as the nations thirty-fifth president. In February 1961, he signed an executive order for a pilot food stamp program, one based on the model previously used during the Great Depression. During his campaign, Kennedy had spent much time in West Virginia, and according to his speechwriter Ted Sorensen, was appalled by the pitiful conditions he saw, by the children of poverty, by the families living on surplus lard and corn meal, by the waste of human resources . He called for better housing and better schools and better food distribution . He held up a skimpy surplus food package and cited real-life cases of distress. Kennedy saw people in need and used his power as president to address their crisis.
This week, the House Appropriations Committe released a draft of the 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill. In it, $27 million is budgeted for a pilot program aimed at reducing child hunger in rural areas. Sounds innocuous enough," writes MSNBCs Ned Resnikoff, except the $27 million program was actually the committees substitute for a White House proposal which would have allocated $30 million to child hunger across urban and rural areas.
Resnikoff goes on to point out that this doesnt mean children in urban areas will be completely left out of hunger reducing programs, as the federal government spends hundreds of millions of dollars on the Summer Food Service Program, which provides meals to low-income children when school is not in session and they dont have access to free or reduced school lunch, and that there are specific challenges that face rural areas with regards to food insecurity. However, the House committees proposal is likely to help fewer people of color than the White House proposal. And while rural areas may be unique in terms of the challenges they face, theyre not where most of Americas hungry are concentrated.
Theyre also among the whitest. The Appalachian region, which is where this money would go, writes Talking Points Memos Sahil Kapur, is also more white (83.5 percent) than the United States overall (63.7 percent), according to the Appalachian Regional Commissionand much more so than urban areas, which have a disproportionately high share of minorities.
Its not that Kennedy or this current House subcommittee ever explicitly said white hunger is more important than black hunger, white poverty is more important than black poverty. But the seeming indifference toward black poverty, played out in their actions as elected officials, reflects the privileging of whiteness. It is indecent that any person go hungry, particularly in a country of such abundance. It is indecent to determine that some of those people are more worthy of our investment in their being fed than others. It is indecent to then pretend as if thats not the case. All these indecencies add up to an injustice. We are a country that practices injustice as a way of life.
Yes, you can be poor and white and still benefit from white supremacy. Thats what privilege is.
Just remember to 'check your privilege!
Only in the twisted, hate filled minds of the Bolsheviks at “The Nation” could Appalachian poor people be described as “privileged”.
You don't need a Weatherman to tell you which way the wind blows in Comrade Resnikoff's diseased Eastern European brain when it comes to 10th generation Scots-Irish Protestants in the Piedmont.
so he’s arguing poor whites receive more government assistance than poor blacks? I don’t think that’s true.
That title is a hoot. Thank God rich people were throwing bottles out of their cars in the 70’s. 15c for a 24oz. 10c for a 16oz.
I became a privileged white millionaire; or sumthin’.
I am getting tired of these asshats and it won’t be friendly.
There wasn’t a lot of money in the area just outside where I grew up. What was just recently the poorest place in Michigan isn’t Detroit, Flint, or Benton Harbor, but my own Roscommon. Roscommon has its issues, especially with the housing crash and tourism hits, but is also a lot safer than these cities. An average person isn’t going to get jumped, robbed, or attacked there for being in “the wrong area”. You have to look for trouble to find it.
No, that's what denial of contraindicative evidence is. This entire White Privilege drive is appallingly racist and it is simply amazing to me how much press it's getting. My answer to "check your privilige" is "check your bigotry."
Mike you spelled your first name wrong...there is no real name of Denzel, so scrap that.
now go out and get a real job that does not require you to sit and bad mouth the people that feed America.
bitching and moaning is not a job, it is a form of destruction of a viable society. Take real pride in yourself and learn how to create something useful.
‘Rich’ is a state of mind. ‘Well off’ works for me.
No more lard and molasses samwiches for me.
Tho they were quite tasty.
Got to go clean the pool.
I left the dirt farm a long time ago
But the dirt never left me.
Yes, it really is. Just an amazingly stupid piece.
3 cents for pop bottles when I was growing up. Most days you could just about pick up enough walking the mile or so to the store if you worked both ditches. 3 cents and a popsicle was 7 cents. Taxes were 3 cents and my sis and I knew just where the breaks were for another penny. We’d buy things separately to avoid the round up on the sales tax. Buy one popsicle and no tax, buy two and add a penny. Keep the penny and save it for bubble gum at 2 cents each.
More than 50 years later the sales tax has tripled and the cost of a popsicle is? It went up by inflation but taxes went up by about THREE times the inflation rate and we are getting less for our our taxes that is useful to most of us who work and pay for the services.
Post of the day.
So the next question is: One of Obummer’s slogans was ‘I am a uniter, -not a divide. So how has he succeeded? Seems to me there’s an all out effort to divide the country even further by government and our school systems by creating hate and envy.
My answer is, "Here's what white kids had to do to earn those privileges:
Go to bed on time.
Say your prayers.
Clean your room.
Take care of your belongings.
Do your chores before you play.
Respect your parents and the house rules.
Eat what's put in front of you.
Sit up/stand up straight.
Do your homework.
Get good grades.
Go to Sunday School and church.
Attend confirmation classes and learn your religion.
Obey the Ten Commandments.
Obey all driving laws and get a job to pay for your insurance.
Avoid a bad crowd.
Do not smoke, drink or swear. If you do, do not let any authority figure catch you.
Graduate from high school.
Get a job or go to college; if you go to college, also get a job.
Save money for the future.
Keep your finances simple and clean.
Work hard and respect your boss, even if he/she is a jerk.
Wait to get married before having sex.
If you can't wait, at least don't make babies with someone incapable of marrying you and taking care of a child.
House, feed and love your child.
Discipline your child.
Read to your child.
Pray with your child.
Don't ignore your spouse or your personal grooming because you're now a parent.
Save money for old age.
Take care of your elders.
Expect the above list also of your chlld.
This is the kind of drek that is destroying America.
White Privilege is just another term for race baiters
to use to divide people into “victims” and “oppressors”.
I can see where this is going-
Sometime in the near Future-
MSNBC Interviewer: What do you think about the five children who were placed against a wall and shot last week?
Black Professor: Well, it just goes to show you that white privilege is still rampant in a racist America.
MSNBC Interviewer: Interesting. How so?
Black Professor: Clearly these children’s whiteness gave them the opportunity to be shot instead of hung like black children obviously would have been. The white children got to die quickly as a result of their racism and white privilege.
Is this future scenario offensive?
Because that’s how offensive is that men can publicly suggest that Jews who survived the Holocaust and little Appalachian kids with sores and rotted teeth got off easy and still have damn job the next day!
this whole “white privilege” thing seems a little too coordinated and organized.
I don't know where Mr. Smith, the author of the referenced article, went to school. But the states have never delegated to the feds, via the Constitution, the specific power to tax and spend to take care of the poor.
Comment of the day!
A quick review of internet entries devoted to this gentleman leads one to the conclusion that the sole qualification this man has to comment on, politics, economics and racial matters is the fact he is a Negro.
Cure the problem, eliminate all government assistance !
Make your own way in this world or croak!
Where can I cash in on some of my privilege? Apparently I am getting huge benefits based on approximate skin shade. I’m missing out here. Where do I go? Is there some big White Privilege house where they’re handing out money, or jobs, or cell phones, or college degrees?
A$$HOLE! I didn’t get priority in college application, or jobs. I paid for my cell phone. No government agency sends me money.
God Bless you Norm. Hard work pays off.
His Parents couldn’t spell MICHAEL?
You are correct.
I grew up poor, raised by a single woman and so on, but among poor whites at the time, you still had high IQs sprinkled throughout and a high average IQ.
In my family, on my mother’s side it was a background of sharecroppers and fruit pickers and the usual, but while few of them were interested in big money careers and did things like the military, and the regular Joe jobs, that IQ was always there, the book reading, the interest in history, the under achieving Mensa members.
When I look at those old photos of the sod house pioneers, and the 1930s poor, I still see people who when the got involved in something could bring that IQ to bear, could become Colonels and Generals and Doctors, and Business owners and politicians and TV repair shop owners, all without affirmative action, and they had a good labor pool to man their enterprises, people with good average IQs and decent educations even if it was only the 8th grade, and a foundation of history, patriotism, and religion.
“I dont think thats true.”
Libs LIE! It’s genetic, I think.
I remember when the tax off a dime was removed. 1970 or so.
That was a blessing to a child that counted pennies with the best of em’.
Per my Father when I was 13 Years Old, “nobody owes you a living, so shut up and get back to work”.
Applies to all Races, Creeds and Colors.
I swear, if I wasn’t a racist before, I likely will be before all this is over.
This is Free Republic. We worked hard and studied when given the chance. We believe in the USA.
Everything going on right now is taking it away. I truly despise our government for not understanding what has made them.
That title is a hoot. Thank God rich people were throwing bottles out of their cars in the 70s. 15c for a 24oz. 10c for a 16oz.
I became a privileged white millionaire; or sumthin.
I am getting tired of these asshats and it wont be friendly.
In the 60’s my ‘allowance’ consisted of what amount of money I could earn from trade-in’s on bottle return fees.
Lazy lefties have no idea what we had as children.
We had food
We had a roof
We had FAMILY.
We made it happen and never wanted the government near us.
Times have changed.
Exactly, and that includes crony capitalists and too big to fail banks. One system of justice for every citizen.
I’m with you. I wasn’t poor growing up but I was already thrifty. Half the Jr. High walked to several stores to get their chips and sodas for lunch and just dropped their soda bottles. As soon as school was out I was out there retracing the routes and picking up the bottles. I always had money.
And no, it is NOT the computer jackwagon.
Ya gots to be quick.
Lose those little dot thingies and your on the yellow brick road. To close that tag requires more money. :^)
"America was built on the backs of black people" is the key phrase of the race-baiters. I suppose that includes places like the upper Midwest where the presence of black people was statistically insignificant in many areas. Even today much of the upper Midwest has few black people outside the big metro areas. How did all those cities, towns, roads, farms, factories etc. get built with few black people? It's a mystery.
If you're like me, your White Privilege is in working in excess of 40, 50 and occasionally 60 hours per week, driving 12 year old POC GMC SUV, who does NOT have a "smartphone" I have a basic phone that I load minutes onto when I need them, and for the "privilege" of working 40-60 hour work weeks, I pay almost 60 cents of every dollar I make in some form of tax (Federal taxes, state income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes and any other damn' tax the government can think to throw at me and make me pay.)
I get my ass out of bed every day to go to work. I have neuropathy in both feet (no feeling in my feet) a bad back after 4 major back surgeries, a slight double-vision, I'm 52 and my health is failing. That's "White Privilege."
Now, let's define what BLACK PRIVILEGE is, shall we?
They're the lay-around-at-home making babies to get more government checks, more government benefits, more Obama Phones, more food stamps, more free housing, more free utility assistance, free government grants to go to college that go to waste and more "free" benefits that you and I have been working our asses of to pay for, and the lazy good for nothing government moochers have been doing it for 3-4 generations now.
Really, where is my "white privilege?"
I've got a 17 year old planning to head off to college next year. Government says I make too much for him to qualify for ANY financial grants. I make too much? How about the thieving bastards in the Government TAKE TOO MUCH. Where's my kids "free rides" for their college tuition?? "White privilege" ... no, it's black privilege. They're getting everything and we're paying for it. Makes me sick that I get up every day and go to work.
So does a big fat mortgage!
Sounds like what happen to me. Folks made too much for me to get any kind of financial grants, and too little to pay for college.
I eventually got to college after working three years and saving my money. Went to school during the day and a job in the evening to make gas money and help out my parents for letting me stay at home.
Actually I would recommend to all college students to work for a few years before going to college. You take it very seriously when you are paying for your education.
does he think there are no black kids in Alabama in the rural areas? Mississippi? Arkansas? Guess again.
“Mike you spelled your first name wrong...there is no real name of Denzel, so scrap that.”
Wadjew say? My uncle wud resemble that! And his brother Devoid wud two !!!