In the United States, there exists a preoccupation with white privilege as if it were the ultimate gateway to salvation. This fixation is not uncommon, given that the system discourages individuals from looking beyond the borders of their own nation. The level of indoctrination is so pervasive that obtaining a comprehensive understanding of universal concepts, such as racism, becomes nearly impossible.

It is evident how Black History is appropriated in the U.S., transformed to fit exclusively within American History, starting from the year 1619 until the present day. This perspective neglects events before and outside the U.S., reinforcing the notion that, for many, America is synonymous with the U.S., disregarding the other parts of the American continent.

Consequently, it becomes challenging for Black Americans to envision a life beyond the influence of White Americans. They express grievances about white people seemingly obtaining a donkey easily, as the system fails to acknowledge their worthiness of acquiring a horse.

The entire concept of white privilege is based on ideas that are not universally considered privileges. A notable study even discovered that a bus driver in the U.S. was more likely to deny access to a black person without money than a white person, as paying for transport was deemed inconsequential in the study. This contrasts sharply with developed countries where transport is often free.

Focusing on white privilege seems to be a complaint about not achieving a level that, in other parts of the world, is still considered mediocre. White Americans may have certain advantages, but these advantages might not align with the aspirations of black Europeans.

Black American communities often emphasize white privilege to the extent that it overshadows issues that could empower them. As a person of black and mixed heritage, the question of whether I would face white privilege issues in the U.S. becomes inconsequential. Even if such issues were present, they would not affect me, given my background as a white American economist proficient in four languages, holding a master’s degree, and possessing extensive knowledge of global issues and geopolitics.

Rather than lamenting the absence of what white individuals have, why not focus on acquiring what they may not even be aware exists? While some privileges may be inaccessible, they only affect you if you choose to live under those particular values.

If the goal is to change the U.S. society, it is imperative to transcend the narrow perspective of an American-centric worldview. Cease thinking that there is a monopoly on ideas or global concepts, leaving such assumptions to chance. Unlike some of the counterparts (mainly Whites), US Black peopple cannot afford to be ignorant. Transform the fight against mediocre American white privilege into a pursuit of global, international, and universal black excellence.

Jean-Marc Alma-Charlery
Owner of Geosocieties.com

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