To my knowledge there is no such thing as ‘Black Privilege’ and, as previously, I put forward on argument on that of White Privilege it seems only reasonable that I should examine the converse side of the coin and for it too…. consider the Litmus Test.
There are few examples that can be fair comparison to examine this aspect of privilege and to whether or not it exists. What we can do is examine “White privilege’ and apply the same rules to decide whether or not there is actually a case for it.
Perhaps we ought look no further than countries that are controlled solely by blacks, or at least have a black head of state.
The first and most obvious must be Barack Obama. To all intended purposes referred to as the first black president of the USA. In 2004 he steam rolled to the White House with his eloquent acumen that has not been so apparent to me since MLK or JFK.
Indeed I saw Obama on his first stage appearance with 13 others where I boldly decided that he WILL be the next US President… why? because when asked “Would you talk with heads of states of the “axis of evil”(Iran, N Korea, Syria) He was the only one of 14 to answer in the affirmative. (I firmly believe you have to talk otherwise wars start).
I, sadly, was very wrong in my estimation. Oh yes, he became President, but did he act out his words?…no he did not.
His track record is nothing short of abysmal, taking the US into such debt that it will take monumental effort to even get back to the debt before his inauguration.
He leaves a huge divide between the poor and the rich, between peoples and races that, he appeared to make no attempt to balance the one sidedness that has been the nucleus of his tenancy of the WH.
Its as if he deliberately in any way he could push a wedge into the American people. With about a GDP of around 1.55% as compared to say, China of around 8%, has something to be desired.
As another example we may consider Zimbabwe. To be correct the Republic of Zimbabwe that used to be Rhodesia which was created by Cecil Rhodes and inherited by Robert Mugabe in 1980 as Prime Minister and President in 1987, and still is.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called him “a cartoon figure of an archetypal African dictator.”
Between 1982 and 1985 at least 20,000 people died in ethnic cleansing and were buried in mass graves. Mugabe consolidated his power in December 1987, when he was declared executive president by parliament, combining the roles of head of state, head of government, and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, with powers to dissolve parliament and declare martial law.
During the 1980s Mugabe’s policies were largely socialist in orientation. In 1980 and 1981 the Zimbabwean economy showed strong growth of the GDP with 10.6% and 12.5%. From 1982–89 economic growth averaged just 2.7% (1980–89 average 4.47%). The white minority government maintained (with economic sanctions) from 1966–72 a 6.7% average growth rate and overall from 1966 till 1979 a 3.8% average growth rate.
Unsuccessful market reform attempts were started in the 1990s and the economy stagnated in this time. Since 2000, GDP has declined by roughly 40% in part due to land reform and hyperinflation.
These to examples are perhaps in the extreme but they do reflect the typical Black leaders of which there are many examples.
The Five Worst Leaders In Africa.
To name but a few in the history of Africa, where once elected, the leaders consolidate their base and eliminate any rival. The enrich themselves beyond any natural expectation, and have zero tolerance to logic or empathy for any that get in their way.
The transition to their power has been fairly straight forward, with a relatively small amount of bloodshed in the transition of white to black, but subsequent deaths come in their hundreds of thousands while they consolidate their power.
The aim here is not to make a comparison with how an incoming black leader compares to the resident white leader. The intent is to see how the black leaders enriches themselves, eliminates thousands and rule with a dictatorship second to none.
In addition blacks that faced transportation to the new world actually met a future better than blacks of today can expect in their ancestral homeland. Poverty is rampant, living conditions abysmal and as a whole Africa has little future to be looking forward to. No vote no rights, and no future.
The point of bringing this to the readers attention is that you would expect it to be different. Perhaps a much higher standard of living nationwide with black leaders. Perhaps you would expect more liberal stances and freedom of expression, income, education and civil rights.
But under black leaders you have very little of any of these basic human rights, and the same civil rights all blacks enjoy all over the world except in their country of origin.
So if this is correct, the privilege that blacks want to enjoy on the backs of whites I would say is unearned acumen…. because you dont have to undure what other black endure in your great, great grandfathers homeland.
It Passes the litmus test!