According to a new survey from National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a majority of white Americans believe that there exists a culture of discrimination against them in the country today. For the first time in history, 55% of white Americans believe that such discrimination exists, even if a smaller fraction of that percentage has actually experienced it firsthand.
In another part of the survey, a far higher percentage of whites – 84% – believe that racial and ethnic minorities experience discrimination. So this isn’t white America saying, “Hey, WE’RE the real victims here.” This is simply white Americans coming to the simple and quite-overdue conclusion that they’re getting the shaft when it comes to quite a few government and cultural policies.
“If you apply for a job, they seem to give the blacks the first crack at it,” said 68-year-old Tim Hershman of Akron, Ohio, “and, basically, you know, if you want any help from the government, if you’re white, you don’t get it. If you’re black, you get it.”
Ask Hershman whether there is discrimination against whites, and he answered even before this reporter could finish the question — with an emphatic “Absolutely.”
“It’s been going on for decades, and it’s been getting worse for whites,” Hershman contended, despite data showing whites continue to be better off financially and educationally than minority groups.
[Then there’s] 50-year-old heavy equipment operator Tim Musick, who lives in Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. He says anti-white discrimination is real, but he doesn’t think he has ever really felt it personally.
“I think that you pretty much, because you’re white, you’re automatically thrown into that group as being a bigot and a racist and that somehow you perceive yourself as being more superior to everybody else, which is ridiculous,” Musick said, speaking during his lunch break at a construction site.
“I’m just a man that happens to have been born white,” Musick continued.
Black activists and the Democratic Party have been hammering the topic of “white privilege” and other aspects of “whiteness theory” for long enough that whites have started to catch on. That’s the sad trap of identity politics. You make someone hyper-aware of their race and they start to make their race a major part of their personal identity. And guess what: Armed with that identity, whites are going to start doing exactly what every other racial group has done – notice the injustices against them and vote for their own interests.
The left has forced us out of our increasingly-colorblind society, and now they are (perhaps) slowly realizing that, maybe, that wasn’t the best idea.