My cmnt: Wayne says below what I have told my own children. Nobody handed me nor my family on either side anything because we were white. My maternal grandfather arrived in Texas from the Czech Republic in the early 1900s on a cattle boat (which is what it sounds like) and picked cotton alongside poor whites and blacks to earn a living. He did not speak a word of English and being Roman Catholic he was not welcomed with open arms. My maternal grandmother was sent here around the same time with her sister by her parents to live with an uncle in New York city. Neither spoke a word of English and both were abused by this uncle. My paternal grandmother, tho’ born in America, was abandoned by her father and given away by her mother to a childless couple when she was eight years old. My paternal grandfather also born here was raised by first generation immigrants from Sweden who still spoke with an accent. He received an 8th grade education and then went to work for the rest of his life. None of my ancestors were from slave states, they arrived here long after slavery was ended at the cost (at the least) of 600,000 lives (mostly white men). My parents never uttered a negative word about black people that I ever heard. My father worked two jobs and we had few luxuries and I never ate in a sit-down restaurant until I was in high school. I grew up on an acreage where we had chickens and a cow. My father milked the cow before work and my mother strained out the manure pieces and we drank the unpasteurized milk and ate the chickens’ eggs. Now as for my wife – she grew up poor, on both sides of her family. She remembers living in a church attic apartment where her Dad was a custodian. Her parents’ stories are too sad to relate here. All the people in my family simply worked – all the time. That was my white privilege – to work and pay taxes.
My name is Wayne Allyn Root. I’m an SOB (son of a butcher). I understand this “white privilege” controversy like no one person on Earth.
I’ve never had it. I’ve never even had a whiff of it. That’s why I have no “white guilt.” I have nothing to be guilty about. But I have met plenty of privileged white kids. You know what you call them? Liberal Democrats. More on that in a minute.
First, my background. My Jewish ancestors were far more likely to be slaves than to have one. My ancestors were persecuted, abused, robbed, enslaved and murdered by government — just like Black Americans.
My Jewish grandparents got to America in the early 1900s — long after slavery. They settled in New York City, not the South. If they ever met anyone from the Ku Klux Klan, it was only because they were being persecuted by white extremists — just like Black Americans.
My father fought in World War II and faced sure death at Okinawa. Was that “white privilege”? He spent the rest of his life as a blue-collar butcher. He woke at 3 a.m. every day to drive to the meat market in the dark and freezing cold and buy the wholesale meat he’d sell at his shop. My father struggled his entire life as a working-class man and died with an estate of nothing (other than his home).
He worried every hour of every day how he’d pay his bills. No one gave him anything in his life — let alone because he was white.
So, where was his “white privilege”? Can liberals please explain where all that hidden privilege was? Because my dad’s story is the story of most middle-class white Americans. We are the “silent majority” that supports President Donald Trump. We’ve never caught a whiff of “white privilege.”
My personal story is all about Black and white. I attended a rough urban high school on the Bronx borderline that was 90% Black. I was one of the few white kids out of 4,000 students. I was tortured 24/7 for being “the minority.” I was beaten a hundred times. I was chased home from school, terrified, fearing for my life. My lunch money was stolen so often I stopped going to lunch. I knew better than to ever go to the school bathroom. That’s where kids were terrorized and robbed. I was almost murdered by a thug with a machete. Is that what you call “white privilege”?
But, eventually, I learned to fight, knocked out a few bullies, became an athlete and won my classmates’ respect. I graduated valedictorian and was accepted to my dream school, Columbia University.
That’s where I first learned about “white privilege.” As a matter of fact, almost every one of my classmates at Columbia University had it. They were almost all lucky-sperm-club, spoiled-brat, filthy-rich kids with rich, powerful fathers who opened every door for them, greased every wheel. They had everything handed to them on a silver platter, with no effort necessary.
Now that’s white privilege.
Oh, and where did all these little spoiled brats with “white privilege” wind up? Today, my Ivy League classmates are mostly powerful politicians, lawyers and media figures.
So, “white privilege” is real. But it is only enjoyed by 1 percent of 1 percent of 1 percent of the country. And trust me, virtually every one of them is a liberal Democrat. Every classmate I ever met who was born rich was a liberal Democrat who hated Ronald Reagan, hated white people (even though they were all white), hated capitalism and hated America.
Today, they all hate President Trump.
So, yes, there is “white privilege.” But it isn’t me. Don’t try to hang that guilt trip on me. I have no white guilt. This son of a butcher has earned every ounce of my success. That applies to 99 percent of the 63 million Trump voters. No one ever gave us anything. We don’t owe anyone anything. “White privilege” exists. But we’ve never experienced it.
So, it’s a free country. Everyone has free speech. March and protest for Black Lives Matter to your heart’s content. Just do it peacefully. And understand that the tiny percentage of Americans who actually have “white privilege” are spoiled-brat, Ivy League-educated white liberals.
Whenever you meet a liberal lawyer, powerful Democratic politician or member of the media, there’s your “white privilege.” They’re the ones you should be angry with. They’re the ones you should be protesting.
So much for “white privilege.”
Wayne Allyn Root is a CEO, entrepreneur, best-selling author, nationally-syndicated talk show host on USA Radio Network at 6 PM to 9 PM EST/3 PM to 6 PM PST