I can tell that you already had an opinion coming into this, and I’m assuming you created this profile just to comment on this article because for some reason you are not comfortable making these comments under your true identity.
Recognizing white privilege or the advantages that I’ve had because I am white, and my ancestors were white isn’t coddling anybody. I’m not sure where in any of this you’re perceiving “coddling.” To coddle someone is to treat them in an overprotective way. I’m not trying to protect or indulge anything, in fact, most of what I’ve said is either facts or based on what actions I can do, not on telling anyone in a minority group what they should do. It’s not my job to tell them what to do, it’s my job to listen to their experiences.
Not recognizing that some people are at a disadvantage is completely ludicrous, and recognizing those disadvantages doesn’t take away their agency, nor does it tell them what to do.
Society IS in fact built by and for a particular group. Rich, white, straight men built this society, and still run it. You cannot expect people to have the same success rate and capabilities when their families have been impoverished for generations due to ingrained racism as they would have if they were born into privilege.
Just because you are an example of a white person (I assume) who didn’t have as much does NOT mean that what I’m saying isn’t true. As I said in my original piece, it’s not about what you have DONE. It’s about the way the system is BUILT. Your example does nothing to refute what I’m saying. Additionally, you STILL have privilege if you are a white man. When you turn in a job application, they’re more likely to look at it. It’s not because of anything you did, or skills you have. It’s because you’re white and male.