In a snapshot of how most White Americans feel about the concept of ‘privilege,’ a poll conducted by NPR.org shows that most Whites claim that they face discrimination.
A majority of whites say discrimination against them exists in America today, according to a poll released Tuesday from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
“If you apply for a job, they seem to give the blacks the first crack at it,” said 68-year-old Tim Hershman of Akron, Ohio, “and, basically, you know, if you want any help from the government, if you’re white, you don’t get it. If you’re black, you get it.”
More than half of whites — 55 percent — surveyed say that, generally speaking, they believe there is discrimination against white people in America today. Hershman’s view is similar to what was heard on the campaign trail at Trump rally after Trump rally. Donald Trump catered to white grievance during the 2016 presidential campaign and has done so as president as well.
Notable, however, is that while a majority of whites in the poll say discrimination against them exists, a much smaller percentage say that they have actually experienced it. Also important to note is that 84 percent of whites believe discrimination exists against racial and ethnic minorities in America today.
Discrimination exists toward all races, across the board, yes there even is discrimination against Whites. While some of us have been blocked from a job because of our skin color, I believe that this idea is from a perception that is projected through our school system and mass media. The needs of White men don’t matter. We love to watch football, but the social justice warriors want to disrespect our flag and turn the games into political lectures. We love pretty women, but commercials push unattractive skanks at us, and this month’s Playboy Magazine’s cover girl once owned a dick. We love beer, but here’s a mammoth grunting about the patriarchy while selling Bud Light. We love live sports and cracking jokes at people, but some crusty feminist screams out “sexism!” and wants a national discussion about how women shouldn’t be made fun of, ever. Unless you’re actively looking for these examples, it is tough to bring to mind when asked a question about discrimination. But I have no doubt that White men store these slights subconsciously, and it reinforces the perception of discrimination against Whites.
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