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Denoucing “White Privilege” Won’t Solve Inequality

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As the nation struggles with our legacy of racism and inequality, many well-intentioned Americans embrace lies about “white privilege”—the idea that people of European ancestry enjoy vast advantages based on their ongoing oppression of all people of color.

But many measures of well-being contradict this simplistic theory: most recent numbers show white life expectancy declining, while Asian-American people can expect to live a full eight years longer, and Latino children will live, on average, 4 years longer than whites.

Suicide in America claims twice as many lives as murder, and white people have the highest suicide rates—almost double those of black people.

The largest number of crime victims, welfare recipients, drug deaths and most other measures of misery are white. This doesn’t mean black families don’t suffer from intolerable, race-based inequalities that must be overcome, but it’s no solution to focus on purported “white privilege” that actually doesn’t exist.

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