08-14-2016, 11:57 PM
White privilege does kind of exist, but it's nobody's fault and we don't need to compensate for it. In fact, the only reason it's controversial is because of people wanting to win without putting the work in. The reason there are racial stereotypes is because, historically, different races have performed in different ways. It's not racist to notice that. The fact that some races are over-represented because they happen to be the member of a race that has historically performed rather well is just the result of people noticing trends that really do exist. But hey, there's no cause for concern. Everyone has freedom and ample room to prove any harmful stereotypes wrong for themselves.
An interesting note I would like to add is that white privilege apparently also exists in China. It's much easier to get an English-teaching job here if you are white because Chinese people simply favor a lighter shade of skin due to socio-economic cultural reasons, and the kids who are taught by foreigners to teach English are very often afraid of their darker-skinned teachers. A shame, perhaps, but not evil or nefarious. Black people aren't really looked down upon in China so much as people simply don't like how they look. They still get the same service in restaurants and other shops and there is no evidence of any ingrained hatred or anything of the sort. It's just an unfortunate coincidence that, historically, white skin has meant upper-economic class in China, and it's understandable why - because rich people stay indoors and don't work in the fields. While darker skin is seen as inherently less-attractive, I must say I don't fault the Chinese for thinking this way because they're culturally some of the most welcoming, tolerant people I've ever come into contact with. They love foreigners and don't judge them for not speaking the Chinese language or for profiting in their economy. This is because the immigration into China that happens is based on the freedom of association. People who come to China go there because there are people who want them there, not because of some government program to 'diversify' the people of their nation. This is the ultimate lesson in all of this. Immigration is best when based on the freedom of association. People should be brought into a country because they have something to offer, not because we want to appear racially accepting.
Also of note is that people in China don't get jealous over foreigners being able to profit from their economy by accident of birth into an English-speaking culture. People here want to improve themselves and their economic potential by learning English, and that's great. There's no bitterness over things we can't control, and people don't give you nasty looks just because you're a non-Chinese speaking foreigner with a better-paying job than they have. I think we could learn a thing or two from the Chinese about immigration and about work ethic. Being culturally tolerant doesn't mean inviting people to mix with you based solely on their race (overt racism). It means interacting with someone when there's an economic or social motive to do so regardless of their skin color.