American Colleges are Pushing the Idea of White Privilege Based on Data They Know is Wrong

by Mark Angelides

A recent story that has received almost no media attention, shows that Liberal propaganda is alive and well on U.S college campuses. Even worse is that the peddlers of propaganda (in this case an associate professor of the practice of leadership, spirituality, and intercultural studies), are relying on the student’s lack of education and critical thinking skills to push and cement their agenda.

Dr. Christena Cleveland of the Duke Divinity School, was giving a talk at the Indiana Wesleyan University Chapel. The point of her talk was that Jesus (yes, that Jesus), has a particular form of privilege, and that

“If you’re in this room and you identify as white, then you do benefit from that,”

“We live in a society where white people are accommodated while non-white people are alienated.”

To hit home her point, she quoted from a study that was carried out on Boston and Chicago companies. The companies were given almost identical resumes with only one major difference. The difference being that some had “white-sounding” names like Greg and Emily, and some had “African-American sounding” names like Jamal and Lakisha. The study showed that the employers chose the “white-sounding” names more often.

This study was carried out in 2003, and is actually a fairly typical “audit test”. But does it really show that employers are racist? According to Steven Levitt (Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and one of Time magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World”) it actually shows no such thing.

Taken from his world famous bestseller,  Freakonomics:

“…did he reject him because “Deshawn” sounds like someone from a low-income background?”

“…a recent study shows that more than 50% of them (resumes) contain lies – so “DeShawn” may simply signal a disadvantaged background to an employer who believes that workers from such backgrounds are undependable.”

“Nor do the black-white audit studies predict what might have happened in an interview”

Even the Study’s own authors state that:

“Applicants living in better neighborhoods receive more callbacks but, interestingly, this effect does not differ by race.”

So this would suggest that Levitt’s deductions are correct, that the prejudice is actually against people from poorer areas or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Dr. Cleveland must have known this. It does after all state as much on the actual study. She could have argued (quite rightly), that black people mostly come from poorer areas or have disadvantaged backgrounds. But she didn’t. She chose to purposely make it about race. Which is wrong. She relied on the fact that students will believe there professors to have done the research before presenting “facts”. We can assume that Dr. Cleveland  thought her students would not go and fact check her speech. So she tricked them into believing something that was not true and then used this to tell the white students that they are privileged.

Now whether you believe that White Privilege exists or not is actually irrelevant. She chose to “prove” her point using false reasoning. If there are actual studies that demonstrate how being white provides an advantage, then surely a professor of intercultural studies would know of them, and use them.

 

This leads to me to believe one of two options:

  1. Such studies don’t exist.
  2. The studies exist, but Dr. Cleveland is for reasons known only to her, has chosen not to use them.

Having done some minor research on Dr. Cleveland , she seems a smart, insightful and caring woman. But misleading students, by omission or otherwise, is wrong. Make the case you want for what you believe in, but don’t cheat children of a solid education based on knowing all the facts.

 

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  • Joe Blow

    Another case of civilization collateral damage.

  • unworthy

    It’s amazing what kind of “privilege” hard work can create.

    And I mean this of black basketball players as well, who get angry when people say they are genetically privileged” towards athletics. They insist that it is hard work that got them where they are–and often it is.

  • darthangel

    this rhetoric is designed to make crimes and violence against white people acceptable. The Nazis did the same thing to their victims before marching them into camps, nazis told people that their victims had unearned wealth that they did not really deserve. Make no mistake, the modern leftist nazis want to do the same thing to the middle class.

    Demonizing and vilifying white skin does nothing to actually help non-white poor people anyways. If you want to improve conditions in poor areas, you would talk about “black deprivation”. I can certainly see that a kid who grows up around drug deals and gunshots is deprived and needs help. But calling people who don’t grow up around that “privileged” is moronic, because you don’t need to grow up in those conditions to understand another person’s point of view. Only someone who hates humanity and is the enemy of progress would demonize those who work hard and build communities that work as “privileged.”

  • Zaphod Braden

    “white privilege” is CHILD ABUSE ….. is is a deliberate attack on the self image of children.
    “SJW” spreading the White privilege” MYTH are bullies and rapists who use their position of “authority” to create Low Self Esteem, and Negative Self Worth in the minds of those entrusted to their care. They are deliberately damaging your children. These SJW’s are the “kin” of priests and athletic coaches who use their positions of “authority” to sexually assault their wards and SJWs also belong in prison. Those who promote this HATE-message are Passive Aggressive cancers attacking the Healthy Life cells around them. Any “professor” spouting this “mind rape” should be hung off their Ivory Tower.

  • Zaphod Braden

    WHITE People cannot be racist.
    the “SJW experts” insist Black People cannot be racist,
    and they insist ALL PEOPLE ARE EXACTLY THE SAME,
    and since Black people cannot be racist,
    WHITE People cannot be racist

  • KilltheBank

    White guilt is irrational and a sin.