Xavier Miller (@XaviercMiller on twitter) on Nov. 13, 2019, wrote a twitter thread that I think cannot go without notice. It is controversial. It is factual and above all, it is the TRUTH. Miller starts by first defining “privilege”. Miller defines privilege as (which is supported by any dictionary) “a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group”. Miller then goes on to say “now with that being said I’ll breakdown & give personal examples why I think black privilege is a real thing”.
Miller makes this compelling statement; “If you think black privilege doesn’t exist that just means you are not in a position to be of privilege to another black person. So get to work…At the end of the day, create your own privilege.”
It is on this premise that I base my views and it is because I believe in creating your own privilege at the end of the day that I am a conservative. Liberalism has often held the “American Dream” as something to mock or distrust—something not for black people, an illusion that excludes the “others”. Gianno Caldwell, a fellow conservative and Chicago native says; “Upward social mobility could not be achieved, the liberals argued, without government assistance; and equal opportunities for prosperity required more regulation, not less. Meanwhile, those most trapped within the system built these ideals were slipping further and further away from prosperity” (Caldwell xiii, Taken For Granted—How Conservatism Can Win Back The Americans That Liberalism Failed).
Liberal policy (notice I said policy, not individual or politician) instituted things like affirmative action, the welfare state, and other handouts that have in many ways removed self-initiative and the desire for hard work without the hand of the government.
Many communities (particularly black communities) are just as poor as they have always been. Our schools continue to fail children and our prisons are filled with young black men who should be at home being fathers our self-initiative and our self-reliance have been sacrificed in exchange for allegiance to our overseers who control us by making us dependent on them. Remember, he who has the gold makes the rules. This is why I concur with Miller—at the end of the day create your own privilege.
You can track the thread live below:
Why I believe black privilege exist! #30DaysOfThreads
— Zigg ♻️ (@XaviercMiller) November 13, 2019
This is developing but what are your thoughts? Does black privilege exist? Why or why not?