Recently Chalamagne, the co-host from Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, wrote a book titled “Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It”. The interesting part about his book is the fact that society currently has a focus on the idea of white privilege, so for a black man to make the public take notice to the idea of black privilege is definitely a strong statement.
Charlamagne is likely to get spat out by the black community but that doesn’t make his argument less valid. Part of the reason people don’t talk about the idea of black privilege is because you’ll probably be cussed out before you can get a valid point across to the public during a debate.
Honestly, the idea shouldn’t be that absurd if you know the definition of privilege. Using the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of privilege is a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor. Technically any group can have a form of privilege over another. Though there can be many disadvantages to being a black individual(mainly due to the environment many blacks are born in), there may also be a few advantages such as affirmative action programs in colleges.
If you think about it, your disadvantage can result in you having advantages in the United States. This is a touchy idea because people love playing victim, but think about the scholarships for being Native American, black, having a single parent, being of any kind of minority, or having a family of low income that gives disadvantaged groups a better chance of attaining money over a middle class white male looking to go to college. Some may say this is an advantage and as such, it’s also a privilege.
Not many will argue the idea that there are many social disadvantages to being a black American in the United States. However, we cannot deny the fact that there are also some advantages for being black and maybe that’s an idea that many black individuals should take notice to. It means black people aren’t doomed to failure and low income because there are opportunities to work your way out of it. Maybe it’s important for people to know the days of Jim Crow are over. This society allows individuals born into disadvantaged circumstances to climb up the economic ladder to better themselves unlike in many other countries. Maybe the thought process of black people being at a predetermined loss is more toxic than some of the social disadvantages black Americans face. I’m not saying society should simply ignore the social disadvantages minorities face, but it’s not something that is preventing an individuals success.
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