Census data reveals white privilege myth

September 21, 2017 |

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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  • Margaret Waters??

    09/22/2019 06:14 PM

    I wish you would post this on Facebook.

  • Steve Chermak

    09/23/2017 08:15 PM

    I made errors in grammar in my first post, here is the post with the corrections. I don't like posting errors, I should have typed it up in a text editor first and reviewed it before posting the comment.

    Hello Governor Huckabee,

    If people suggest ideas that have proven to work, to give inner city kids a chance in life, then those ideas are rejected by the political left. Regular public schools in low income neighborhoods in New York City deny a good education to kids that have been left behind. Charter schools, such as those started and run by Eva Moskowitz, give some kids a good education and a good start in life. But the left, and the mayor there, have tried to impede them every chance they get.

    So, the left dwells on "white privilege" but opposes efforts that would level the playing field.

    Please give me a productive solution that I as an ordinary citizen can do about this! In 2004 your Constituent Services Representative, Chad Rockett, set me advice about the healthy eating and weight loss you did to prevent worse things, including diabetes, from happening.

    I apologize, but I am only now following his (your) advice, having been diagnosed as pre diabetic. I am finally following your advice.

    So please give me more advice now on how an ordinary citizen can deal with the left's attempts to impede actual progress in this country, while blaming Conservatives for the lack of same.

  • Charlie Kimball

    09/22/2017 11:24 PM

    Mr. Breiler

    Wow Mike...you really missed the mark here. Your attempt to prove the non-existence of white privilege by using income is beyond misguided. It only proves that you have no clue about what white privilege really is (which a common symptom of older white males).

    Reply: I am a "OWM" I am not sure you know the definition of "white privilege". I did not have the choice of being born white-but I was. I did not have the choice of being born male-but I was. I did not have the choice of being born in 1950-but I was. When I was born, my future was a blank slate. The three conditions just mentioned could not be undone. I have had to live with them all of my life - good, bad or indifferent. My parents taught me the value of learning, setting goals and having personal responsibility and accountability. I was not born with these pre-programmed in my DNA.

    Census data indicates that whites make up over 61% of the US population, while the next group (African Americans) make up just over 13%.

    Since you're so interested in data, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 35% of state prisoners are white, 38% are black.

    Reply: Committing or not committing a crime is a choice that each person must make. Statistically speaking, males make up 100% of the population that are born with male genitalia, therefore, if the state prisoner population is 35% white and 38% black, then there is no significant difference in the two groups based on skin color. It also says that 27% of the prisoner population is made up of other ethnicities. This analysis tells me that there are possibly other issues at play, not just skin color. Those reasons are not simply some "privilege" or lack of privilege based simply on skin color.

    Seems pretty even, right? Reply: WRONG

    Except when you realize it means that African Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at a rate that is 5.1 times the imprisonment of whites. In five states (Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, Vermont, and Wisconsin), the disparity is more than 10 to 1.

    Reply: African American is a term that became popular in the 60's to identify those with different levels of pigmentation in their skin.

    By the way, this is just one example. I could provide many more if you'd like to have that debate.

    So either you must hold the position and belief that African Americans are inherently more dangerous than whites, or that there is something else going on.

    Reply: Your proposal make no sense. I would agree that prisoners do have a higher potential to be a danger to another person than an individual that has never been incarcerated for a violent crime. For you statement to be valid, then all "African Americans" in state prisons must have committed dangerous crimes against only non-African-Americans. This is not factual. Black on Black crime in the US is a serious problem and the statistics are available to support this. A quick check of this available from the Bureau of Justice Statistics from 2001-2005 shows Black of Black Crime constitutes 77.7% of all violent crimes committed by African-Americans and 69.7% of violent crimes committed by whites are White on White. Your supposition does not hold water.

    Which is it, Mike? Reply: Mike you can address this one.

    By the way, I travel for work and can't tell you how many times I have driven through upper class, wealthy, white neighborhoods. I've yet to see an upper class, wealthy, predominantly African American neighborhood in your travels.
    Reply: This anecdotal observation may be true. You probably did not notice Maxine Water's home in the predominately white Windsor Square neighborhood of Los Angeles is valued at at least $1 million.

    Maybe whites are just better at acquiring wealth? Reply: Mile - pass this on to Herman Cain. I'm sure he can respond to this one.

    Ms. Hill - do your own fact checking.

  • L Glass

    09/22/2017 10:33 PM

    The statistic that shows the higher rate of non-white incarceration merely suggests that non-whites choose violence to solve problems in their segment of society. Whites also do this, but at a lower percapita rate. No stats, just ~70 years and 17 physical move across or great country...

  • Kathy Hopkins

    09/22/2017 09:24 PM

    I am whiter skin pigment, was blonde and a mixed DNA. I am 4 foot 9 inches and over 65. The only privilege is I was blessed enough to worked for every thing I have.

  • William Wells

    09/22/2017 08:06 PM

    Here is a link to the full report: https://www.brookings.edu/research/following-the-success-sequence-success-is-more-likely-if-youre-white/

    If you read the full report it clearly demonstrates that even when blacks follow the three norms of middle-class, they do not attain middle-class status at the same rate. This, according to the Brookings Institute, is owed to a number of factors, including: 1) the job market, 2) the education system, and 3) the political system.

    Race is a factor in determining success in the broader conversation, but when looking at individual cases, racism plays (in my opinion) a far less impactful role.

  • Sandy Meyers

    09/22/2017 03:27 PM

    I wonder if Christopher Breiler has knocked on all the doors of all those who live in these "all-white neighborhoods" he mentioned in his comment. It would be interesting to know if all those houses are occupied by whites only. What a racist comment. Do you make claims on the premise that no other races can live in those more affluent neighborhoods, Mr. Breiler? If you have literally checked the occupancy of all those houses in all those neighborhoods, well, then I will stand corrected. Otherwise, be careful when you make racist comments like that.

  • Sandy Trudeau

    09/22/2017 02:51 PM

    Mr. Huckabee I respectfully disagree with you. Perhaps if the term white advantage was used instead of privilege the concept could be better understood. I have two boys and I never had to have the kind of talk with them that my black friends have had with their sons. And this is just one example.

  • Roy Wade Teaster

    09/22/2017 10:42 AM

    Christopher, ever think that could be from African American criminal behavior and not some conspiracy by judges or police.

  • Mary Kirkland

    09/22/2017 08:43 AM

    I don't have a link handy, but research has shown that telling a child they succeeded due to their hard work has a far better impact than telling them they succeeded due to being intelligent. I think the same goes with failure. If we tell people who fail to accomplish something, The world is against you, you have no chance to succeed, it lessens the probability of them trying again. If we encourage hard work, persistence, integrity, responsibility, they are much more likely to try again. Those who try again eventually succeed. And then they stand as examples for others. Even if white privilege were true, an individual from a minority--and an individual from a white--background is better off ignoring it.

  • Christopher Breiler

    09/22/2017 07:42 AM

    Wow Mike...you really missed the mark here. Your attempt to prove the non-existence of white privilege by using income is beyond misguided. It only proves that you have no clue about what white privilege really is (which a common symptom of older white males).

    Census data indicates that whites make up over 61% of the US population, while the next group (African Americans) make up just over 13%.

    Since you're so interested in data, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 35% of state prisoners are white, 38% are black.

    Seems pretty even, right?

    Except when you realize it means that African Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at a rate that is 5.1 times the imprisonment of whites. In five states (Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, Vermont, and Wisconsin), the disparity is more than 10 to 1.

    By the way, this is just one example. I could provide many more if you'd like to have that debate.

    So either you must hold the position and belief that African Americans are inherently more dangerous than whites, or that there is something else going on.

    Which is it, Mike?

    By the way, I travel for work and can't tell you how many times I have driven through upper class, wealthy, white neighborhoods. I've yet to see an upper class, wealthy, predominantly African American neighborhood in my travels.

    Maybe whites are just better at acquiring wealth?

  • Jbd a Patriot

    09/22/2017 07:34 AM

    Thank you Gov. I am one of many that is a testament to your above commentary. Thirty five years ago I "legally" migrated to the US from a third world country with just a shirt on my back. I'm far from well off today but living comfortably & thankful for the opportinities that came along my way. There were times I had setback in reaching for my goals thru the years but I continued to work hard and at no instance did I point at others for any of my failures.
    Looking back, my having served in the military for 20 years defending the rights and freedom of all Americans was a proud accomplishment and my gratitude for allowing me to be in the greatest country in the world,
    the United States of America.

    Respectfully,
    JBD

  • debbie hill

    09/22/2017 05:28 AM

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    interesting data. worthy of getting it out there

  • gary mitchell

    09/22/2017 04:45 AM

    Well written article and refreshingly TRUE! I've never seen the Country this discombobulated. I know it is artficialy manipulated. Lying mostly from the media, democrats, rhinos, judges, and the back up of surveys. Then to help educate our children or not. Since the 90's there has been little time spent on the Constitution. History has been rewritten. Hate and political correctness have been main topics in schools. Well college is a waste of time unless of course you want to be trained as a helpless liberal.

  • Thomas Scott

    09/22/2017 04:22 AM

    Well said, Mike! If only the libs would learn from the facts instead of making up their own to create division and predjudice.

  • John Hazlett

    09/22/2017 04:15 AM

    Gee, where was my mythical white privilege when I was homeless? And a retired vet as well? This over use of the race card is like the boy who cried wolf. Now it's gotten to the point it won't be believed even if a racist incident does take place.

  • mike ciccarone

    09/22/2017 04:08 AM

    You mention Indians. You did not mention the fact of they are tax exempt for 7 years plus the USG assists them with obtaining loans. If regular Americans did not have to pay Federal ncome tax for 7 years when starting a business the economy would be stronger also.

  • James Sutton

    09/22/2017 03:06 AM

    Thank you for getting the word out. Our mass media has been monopolized by the progressive left to the point that we are only told "news" that fits the narratives they promote. Propaganda.

  • June Lundstrom

    09/22/2017 02:21 AM

    However.... Are the white Americans in 7th because they are the ONLY ones that have to pay back there student loans. While others get a free ride.......

  • Herman Hughes, PhD

    09/22/2017 12:50 AM

    Thank you. Very well said!

  • Presten Witherspoon

    09/22/2017 12:31 AM

    Mike, what are the official sources on those two studies (i.e. where are they published)?

  • Susie Williamson

    09/22/2017 12:29 AM

    Very well stated!!!

  • Diana Renee

    09/22/2017 12:11 AM

    I was hoping when I clicked on the link, so I could view a larger version of the map. No such luck. :(