So About Black Privilege …

So over at This Week in Blackness we talk a lot about white privilege. Hell, I did a video on it when TWiB! first started–but have you had your mind expanded to learn about black privilege?

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If you read these posts and you’re thinking to yourself “Yeah! What’s up with that Negroes?” Please don’t say that out loud. Just come over and talk with us–perhaps listen to today’s show–and we can explain why this is so completely fucked…er…problematic.

On today’s #TWiBRadio we discuss what “black privilege” looks like on the black hand side, why there’s never  too much penis in Washington, and President Obama’s zingers at the White House Correspondent’s dinner. Listen here:

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And on #amTWiB, political strategist L. Joy Williams and the morning crew of blackness (why are they ‘of blackness?’ Cause…well, um…your face.) discusses the Pennsylvania town where domestic abuse victims may face eviction, black voters turnout surpassing whites in 2012, and being on the brink of a cure for AIDS.

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47 replies
  1. 1
    Baud says:

    Please tell me that “50% of the news” item isn’t counting stories about the President.

  2. 2
    👽 Martin says:

    @Baud: Wouldn’t half the news about the President count as white people news?

    This shit is hard.

  3. 3
    Joel says:

    Estimated by whom? The Discovery Institute?

  4. 4
    👽 Martin says:

    And can some brown person explain to me why carne is feminine and pollo is masculine? That’s counterintuitive from a carnivore point of view.

    Making pollo asado on the grill… om nom nom.

  5. 5
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @👽 Martin: Vagina is masculine in French. Just saying.

  6. 6
    Eric U. says:

    anyone else notice that the college republicans seem to have stopped doing the old “bake sale” shtick? But then they found rich people to start suing over college admissions all over again

  7. 7
    Chris T. says:

    I estimate that 67.1256% of the news is about Onions. Or maybe The Onion. Some say it’s even closer to 100%!

  8. 8
    👽 Martin says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: The fun zone? Well, yeah. That makes sense.

  9. 9
    Keith G says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Typed, then deleted, a comeback. It was dripping with gay privilege.

  10. 10
    👽 Martin says:

    @Eric U.: College Republicans still exist? Haven’t seen them in years. The libertarians still seem to be about, though.

  11. 11
    👽 Martin says:

    @Keith G: ‘Dripping with Gay Privilege’ would be a hell of a band name.

  12. 12
    Baud says:

    @👽 Martin:

    If there is one thing racists are good at, it’s probability.

  13. 13
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Keith G: One would be interested in reading it.

  14. 14
    RepubAnon says:

    Yeah, when a black guy tries to show his wallet to a police officer, they give him free bullets! Usually, they empty their own guns – all from a sense of giving blacks their traditional privilege of an early admission to heaven! Why don’t rich white guys get that same treatment?

    (/snark)

  15. 15
    Ben Franklin says:

    @👽 Martin:

    That would be a great name for your boat.

  16. 16
    Citizen Alan says:

    Um, last time I checked, it was perfectly possible for a white person to be considered a member of a protected class if he was replaced by a non-white or was treated differently than non-whites, so that first bit is just a flat-out ignorant lie. The “50% of all news” bit is just so preposterous that it’s got to be trolling.

  17. 17
    Billy Ray Cyprus says:

    “50% of the news” is about right if you’re talking about crime stories reported by local TV news in the South.

  18. 18
    fuckwit says:

    Science shows that 95% of statistics are complete pulled-from-ass bullshit.

  19. 19
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @fuckwit: 87.4% of people know that.

  20. 20
    themann1086 says:

    @Citizen Alan: Right, you have to be either willfully ignorant or have been intentionally misled to not understand how “bias-motivated crimes” (aka “hate crimes”) work. Crimes committed in order to punish/send a message to people of a certain classification by targeting a perceived* member of said classification.

    *I don’t remember the numbers, but a significant percentage of gay-bashing victims are not, in fact, gay. It’s still a “hate crime” because the perpetrators thought they were.

  21. 21
    Gex says:

    I just had a straight guy explain to me that it is easy to be gay in America.

    I asked him about the case in MO where the hospital was allowed to overrule the guy’s power of attorney because they have a “religious or moral beliefs” exemption.

    His answer was that gays can just build their own hospitals then.

    See how easy that is?

  22. 22
    gbear says:

    @Gex: Give the guy a little credit. Life can be pretty hard when you’re straight and stupid.

  23. 23
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Gex: Some people are stupid. You can’t fix stupid.

  24. 24
    MattR says:

    @Ben Franklin: Hey. Good for you. You guessed right and Martin guessed wrong. What do you want, a cookie? Do you expect people to be awed by your powers of deduction (especially considering you couldn’t provide any evidence to back up all the assertions that led to your correct guess)? Personally, I still think you’re an idiot for dismissing as impossible the idea that shots could have pierced the boat from the inside.

  25. 25
    Baud says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    You can’t fix stupid.

    Which is why they breed.

  26. 26
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Baud: Well played.

  27. 27
    Anoniminous says:

    @Gex:

    Stress (n): the psycho-neurological condition one experiences when repressing one’s ardent desire to pound the holy living hell out of some jackass that desperately needs it.

  28. 28
    Eric U. says:

    @👽 Martin: I think they are mostly invisible, but the Frank Luntz “off the record” story revolved around a meeting with college republicans. And yes, they do tend to call themselves “libertarians” but that’s just code for republican

  29. 29
    Little Boots says:

    omnes, what do you think? will scottie be reelected? what do you think, honestly?

  30. 30
    Johnny Coelacanth says:

    @gbear: You’re just blatantly wallowing in your non-stupid privilege. Oppressor.

  31. 31
    YellowJournalism says:

    @👽 Martin: And an interesting album cover!

  32. 32
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @YellowJournalism: One shudders to think….

  33. 33
    sophronia says:

    I think the way they figured out that 50% figure is that 25% of the news is about President Obama, and another 25% is about Kim Kardashian’s baby bump. Thus 50%.

  34. 34
    gbear says:

    @Johnny Coelacanth: Alas, most days I wish I could feel so privileged.

    @YellowJournalism: Eww.

  35. 35

    I think a pertinent question to ask the folks espousing this stuff is the Louis CK bit about if we had to choose which race we wanted to be every year, how many of them would choose black.

  36. 36
    lojasmo says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:
    Vaginas are owned by men, duh.

  37. 37
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @lojasmo: Not my experience. Not at all.

  38. 38
    Phoebe says:

    That was delightful. I think one or two of these people were panelists in the book “How To Be Black”, which I loved.

    Thank you.

  39. 39
    proterozoic says:

    I loved your reax to Obama’s speech… I’ve heard it before, but you guys dying to it just made it so much better

  40. 40
    jl says:

    OK, this is one of those blog things that is way over my head. Is this Black Privilege blog a spoof?

    I have black friends who have talked about how all sorts of people have been oppressed, even… white people, at some times and some places. I guess I hang out with crazy black people.

    Whoever runs this blog said he got the idea from a blog run by a Woman of Color (a WoC, I think is the recommended acronym). So I followed the link and read:

    ” With that said, there are also instances of Asian, Latino and black privilege. Though not as vast or lucrative, and often stemming from racist stereotypes, black privileges are proof that negativity can work in your favor. ”

    Um, OK, I see what she is saying. I think whoever WoC wrote that knows that she is not talking about any kind of standard issue traditional privilege the average white person would be interested in. But what does that have to do with crazy hallucinations like ‘blacks make up 50% of the news”?

    Sure that site is not some spoof?

    Edit: What’s Chappelle doing these days? Maybe he’s running some subtle gag.

  41. 41
    Lurking Canadian says:

    @sophronia: So they live in a world where Armenia is in Africa?

  42. 42
    jl says:

    “Black privilege is being irritated by blogs like [Black Privilege].

    I am puzzled by it, and wonder what kind of nincompoop put it together, if it’s not a spoof. So is that an example of straight out ‘black privilege’, or maybe just ‘black benefit of the doubt’? Maybe I’ll submit that question and that weirdo blog will enlighten me.

  43. 43
    RSA says:

    @Comrade Dread:

    I think a pertinent question to ask the folks espousing this stuff is the Louis CK bit about if we had to choose which race we wanted to be every year, how many of them would choose black.

    Doubtless it would be the heroic white underdog.

  44. 44
    Woodrowfan says:

    of course black people have privilege. Every-time they go outside their house they’re far more likely than I am (a white male) to be followed by the police to make sure they’re safe!

    Um, that is why they’re being followed, right?

    (/snark)

  45. 45
    gocart mozart says:

    White people can’t use the N-Word but the Nabisco company can slap the word “cracker” on all their products and nobody says anything. Why the double standard?

  46. 46
    Tonybrown74 says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Some people are stupid. You can’t fix stupid.

    Just like Maybelline [and Teh Ghey]: maybe he was just born with it.

  47. 47
    Ben Franklin says:

    @MattR:

    MattR Says:

    @Ben Franklin: Hey. Good for you. You guessed right and Martin guessed wrong. What do you want, a cookie? Do you expect people to be awed by your powers of deduction (especially considering you couldn’t provide any evidence to back up all the assertions that led to your correct guess)? Personally, I still think you’re an idiot for dismissing as impossible the idea that shots could have pierced the boat from the inside.

    Yeah. I saw that this morning. I didn’t guess anything. I saw it with my own eyes,

    BTW; How many cop rounds were shot into the boat, Maritn?

    Thanks for reminding me MattR.

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