Privilege is a Goal, not a Social Justice Sin
The religion of social justice has taken aim at what they call "privilege" in recent years. They use this as a way to denigrate people that they perceive as having an unfair advantage in life based on their skin color, their social status, and the quality of their upbringing in that order. In their minds, a homeless white man with schizophrenia is more privileged than President Barack Obama because skin color trumps all in their narrative. A poor White family is always more privileged than a family of millionaires from China in their eyes because all non-White people are all classified as helpless victims based on their race alone. There are many blaring issues with their assessment. Being successful in life is something they want people to feel ashamed of rather than proud.
The idea that a person’s possible success in life being determined by race is a false one based on a purposeful misunderstanding of statistics on the matter. Because white people have a lower percentage of poverty than Blacks and Hispanics, they draw the conclusion that this divide is caused by Whites cheating and subjugating the other races. Asians have a lower rate of poverty than all the rest but no one would ever say it's because Asians are subjugating everyone else. They ignore this in order to continue the narrative that all other races are victims of White oppression, even when they're doing better than Whites by all metrics.
It is possible for anyone to create a situation where they or their children can attain success in life (what they call privilege). There are things that highly successful groups do that create the kind of situation where a family can flourish. These actions are common among any kind of people in society and successful groups follow a similar guideline.
The most common threads present among groups that do well in the West are shared by Jews, South Asians (Indians), East Asians, Whites, Caribbean immigrants, Africans, and Arabs. These groups, more often than not, do things that create a high likelihood of success. For a person or family to be successful, they need to actively seek success. No one is going to hand you “privilege” on a silver platter. There is actual work involved and it isn’t easy.
First and foremost, these cultures value monogamy. More specifically, monogamy ensures that there are two parents working together to raise their children. This allows their family unit to have a bread winner, or two, and the ability to focus attention on raising their children and keeping an eye on them. Two people working together as a team also allows parents to focus on teaching them, reading and writing, math, and morals. In fact, teaching children how to read at home while investing heavily in their education with their time is a huge indicator for success for children; more so than the quality of school they attend or the cost per student touted about in reports from school systems. There is more accountability in homes where the children receive an appropriate amount of attention and they are far less likely to wind up in trouble with the law or in school. A good indicator as to whether an adult will be arrested and imprisoned later in life is to look at whether or not they come from a single parent household or foster care.
Two parent households can also alleviate poverty in a situation where otherwise there would be two single parent households. By combining resources, a family unit is put on more stable footing that allows them to seek higher status for each successive generation. The values instilled into children raised in an environment with hard working parents are such that they learn the value of hard work and know that money is attainable through hard work and dedication.
When a family works, builds wealth, and takes a serious interest in their children’s education, they have expanded options for what their children can achieve in life. Because their children perform well in school, they are able to send them to a decent university. Families that come from the aforementioned successful ethnic groups, strive for prosperity through a college education by pushing towards careers in high paying fields. They really hustle for years so that they are able to send their children to college to study medicine, law, finance, and STEM; all career paths that very often lead to prosperity.
By the second generation, having become professionals in the above fields, they can repeat the cycle of monogamous child rearing, discipline, and education. This is what the religion of social justice refers to as “privilege”. It’s the culmination of decades of hard work and sacrifice that makes it so the next generation can have an easier life than the last. That is what people want for their own children and it is what I like to call a biological imperative; the need for human beings to procreate and work to give their offspring the best possible chance for success. Having parents that did their very best to give you the skills, and therefore opportunities, to succeed is something to be incredibly proud of and thankful for. It is absolutely not something to be ashamed of. Prosperity is something for which every person should strive.
Because these different ethnic groups share these traits, they can also rely on their extended family for support. A support base from which to draw opportunity increases the likelihood of success because people are able to go to work for their relatives or make connections that will help in education and business. If a family finds themselves in a tough situation, they can rely on that support network to see them through as if it were an insurance policy for life itself.
These groups also have an entrepreneurial spirit. They pool their resources together in order to get a business off the ground. This takes a tremendous amount of work as they not only need to work hard to get ahead in the business world, they need to work smart. For example, it’s no secret that gas stations, convenience stores, liquor stores, or parking garages are often owned by immigrants from South Asia, East Asia, Caribbean, and Arab countries. They formulate a plan, save their money wisely, and invest in a business with a high rate of success so that when they immigrate they may actively plan for prosperity. After as little as one generation, they’re able to send their children, who may have been immigrants themselves, to a good school where they can plan for a professional career that offers a better life for their own children. If a business really takes off, then the children of the owners can work for the family business and take over when the elder generation retires.
Successful groups also find themselves carving out professional niches by specializing in something that is common throughout their ethnic group. Indians are well represented in medicine, Italians are ubiquitous throughout the building industry from contractors to developers and engineers, and Jews are often found working as lawyers, jewelers, accountants, and in finance. By carving out a niche, these groups are able to specialize and offer high quality services because they are able to take advantage of decades of experience and rely on the support networks stated above. The ability to learn from their family members and work alongside them, even at a young age, in shared businesses and firms instills skills that help greatly throughout life. A multigenerational legacy of entrepreneurship and professionalism provides an environment where families can keep a continuum of success going reliably for many many years.
These are all traits associated with successful ethnic groups. These traits explain why these groups end up being “privileged” while groups that do not follow these common traits find themselves with high rates of poverty and crime. The Black community for instance, has been plagued by crime and poverty for too many years. Though things get better each decade, a common thread is visible that helps to explain the “privilege” deficit. Most Black children in the United States are brought up in single parent households. In fact, more than 72% of children are raised by a single parent. This is a critical issue that if resolved would be more beneficial to the Black community than any social assistance, affirmative action policy, school spending, or charity ever could be. You could raise the spending programs in those categories every year and it wouldn’t even make a dent in the issue. The cycle of poverty is incredibly hard to alleviate because it is ingrained in the culture and isn’t something that can be resolved in even one generation.
Simply put, a single parent trying to raise multiple children by herself needs to be twice the parent. She needs to be the breadwinner, the disciplinarian, the tutor, the guardian, the nurturer simultaneously. It takes an exceptionally extraordinary person to be able to pull this off and anyone raised by a single parent will probably agree with this statement. This is a situation where success is incredibly hard to duplicate from family to family and more often than not, it’s the children who lose out in the process. If a single parent burns out, lacks in some of her duties, or even shirks the enormous responsibility on her shoulders all together, then she is setting up her children for failure and yet another generation is subject to poverty all over again. Breaking such a cycle can be done if the children are raised in a loving environment where the parent finds a way to go above and beyond in this regard and we see it all across the country every day, but these are outliers to a high degree.
The issue of single parenthood contributes to most other issues and prevents a family from acquiring the traits, or following the kinds of plans that more successful ethnic groups follow. Children raised in poverty in single parent households have deficits in reading ability, work discipline, school attendance, and often have problems with behavioral issues. These are problems that create a nearly insurmountable obstacle for children when they’re trying to succeed in life.
Another highly controversial issue that keeps much of the black community from succeeding is the extension of the welfare state that was ramped up during the War on Poverty beginning in the 1960’s by President Johnson’s administration. Entire communities are inhabited by welfare recipients living in subsidized section eight or public housing. This concentrated poverty, and welfare that ensures a reasonable standard of living, has neutered the entrepreneurial spirit within many of these communities; both Black and Latino. Signing onto welfare programs becomes the endgame rather than a stepping stone in places where it’s the norm to graduate to them at the age of 18. What makes these programs hard to leave behind is part and parcel to the issue of single parent households. A woman raising her children, and receiving a check each month along with other benefits, can lose out on these benefits if she were to be raising them with another parent present. These programs allow a single parent to opt out of the workforce and this makes it easier to afford having multiple children while in poverty. It makes more sense to continue with welfare than it does to enter the work force where they would be making a slightly higher, if not equivalent, amount of money. These are simple, logical, calculations that these parents are making because the programs end up compelling them to make these decisions. This is a calculation made by people that are doing what they believe to be best for their family. The rate of single motherhood skyrocketed because of the ironically named War on Poverty and this has been made harder to change as it’s become part of the culture.
When families in the black community follow a life plan conducive to success, what we find is that the very same plans laid out by successful ethnic groups lead to success in their community as well. These traits are cultural, not racial. A Black family with two parents raising children, splitting responsibilities related to breadwinning and child rearing between each other, and striving for a higher standard of living through education and entrepreneurship, have an enormous leg up in society compared to a single parent household where none of the same traits are imbued. This is a fact that can give hope to anyone that once believed that success is futile based on a person’s racial background.
These traits and this system is not limited to the West, but it certainly is the driving force behind American exceptionalism. If you follow the basic guideline of groups that are highly successful in the West, then success will likely follow. Then, you too can raise a family in a similar manner and have children that are lucky enough to be denigrated as privileged by people that have a shaky understanding of where privilege comes from.