One of the foundational beliefs of the left is that minorities can’t succeed in America because of institutional or systemic racism and that white people automatically do better than others because of “white privilege.” A recent Brookings Institution study undermined that theory by finding that if Americans of any race just follow three basic rules – graduate high school, get a job and don’t have kids until after you’re married – they are virtually guaranteed not to fall below the poverty line.
Well, now there is another study that takes some more air out of the “white privilege” balloon. It’s based on 2010 Census data. It found that the highest-earning ethnic group in America is not white European-Americans. It’s Indian-Americans. Their median household income is over $107,000 annually.
In second place is…again, not white European-Americans. They didn’t even make the top five. Americans of White European ancestry were seventh, behind Israeli-Americans, Taiwanese-Americans, Filipino-Americans and others.
It proves that the things that make America a land of opportunity – freedom of speech, property rights, capitalism, etc. – might have been instituted by white male founders, but they aren't biased in favor of any race. Our system benefits anyone who wants to study hard, work hard and make the most of it. That’s why people of every race from around the world want to come to America. It’s not so they can be kept down by white privilege. It’s because they know the real privilege is in being an American, and that can be enjoyed by anyone willing to work for it.
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