Conservative filmmaker Ami Horowitz recently interviewed a handful of white people about their thoughts on “white privilege.” Then he asked black people about the issue, and he got an entirely different answer.
The video, which was published this week, begins with Horowitz asking white people who attended a “White Privilege Conference” in Kansas City, Missouri, about the issue. The most extreme answers came from a young woman who admitted she feels “super guilty all the time” because of the color of her skin and a man who asserted all white people are racists.
“The country was founded on white supremacy and that exists today,” one woman told Horowitz.
Another said: “Sometimes it’s OK to be like, ‘Oh, all white people do this,’ or, ‘All white people are X,’ and, especially in a negative light.”
That comment prompted Horowitz to ask if it’s right to make judgments about an entire group of people. Interestingly, everyone he asked said it’s not.
As extreme as it may seem to some, the concept of “white privilege” is a mainstay of progressive ideology. In fact, liberal New York Daily News columnist Shaun King wrote earlier this month that President Donald Trump wouldn’t be in the White House if it wasn’t for his “white privilege.”
“No black man in America could ever have said and done the things he has said and done (don’t make me list them) without an advanced degree or a single day of elected experience no less, and rise to the highest office in the land,” he wrote. “That’s an exclusively white male opportunity.”
Horowitz then ventured to Harlem, in front of the Jackie Robinson housing projects, where he asked a handful of black people if they are on a daily basis “consumed” with thoughts about “white privilege.”
Spoiler alert: The black people Horowitz interviewed apparently spend a lot less time thinking about the issue than their white, liberal counterparts.
“I teach students,” one woman said. “I’m not consumed with anything except for runny noses and pencils.”
One businessman asserted: “This is America. If you’re willing to put forth an effort, you’ll do what you gotta do. ... If you let something stop you, then that’s you. Me, I ain’t lettin’ nothin’ stop me.”
Though “white privilege” might not be a topic constantly on the minds of black Americans, it was certainly a banner issue for many Democrats during the 2016 election, when then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would frequently address the topic.
During a July 2016 speech at the 107th NAACP convention, Clinton called on white Americans to “recognize our privilege and practice humility.”
“We white Americans need to do a better job of listening when African Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face everyday,” she said. “We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility, rather than assume our experiences are everyone’s experiences.”