White Privilege…What About Affirmative Action?

I once read a great article on (psychologytoday.com) titled “I Sometimes Feel Guilty About My White Male Privilege” by a world renowned crime expert Dr. Scott Bonn. He argues that although white (males, especially) derive their successes from effort and attitude, most of the success is derived from people’s biological makeup (psychologytoday.com). By being a white male in America will give them higher salaries, preferential treatment,  and become more influential (i.e.: Fortune 500 C.E.O.’s and  U.S. Congressmen). Heck, getting a access to a  job opening might also be an example of white preferential treatment (psychologytoday.com).

I believe that white privilege can be socially unequal because it promotes white patriarchal privilege over the other races in existence. We never question this act of unequalness; we just let this happen as nothing had happened. However, we debate affirmative action. Affirmative action is defined as the practice of improving the educational and job opportunities of members of groups that have not been treated fairly in the past because of their race, sex, etc. (merriam-webster.com). Races may be, but not limited to Latinos, African Americans, and women. For example, instead of looking at resumès and qualifications, colleges look at sexual and / or racial minorities when admitting.  Some people believe it is not fair because the colleges put preferential treatment over the qualifications and merit. As a sort- of- discrimination. If we are so overly worried about preferential treatment and basing things on race,sex, etc. and not merit, why aren’t we concerned about white privilege?


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