The term “white privilege” is being used a lot lately, and it is being stated as a bad thing, or as an unjust thing. The word “privilege” basically means to have an advantage in life, a kid born to rich parents would be privileged. The term “white privilege ” means that those born with white skin have an advantage in life over those with skin of color, especially black.
If every person born, let’s say between 1948 and 1999, that went on in life to grow and become an adult was evaluated on the basis of the advantages or blessings that they had at birth or lack of blessings, and then ranked against all the other people born during this time there would be some interesting observations.
The first observation is that, indeed the circumstances surrounding every person at birth are hugely different, some people are born with some major advantages from the get-go, and others with very few.
Second, to be successful in life because of those advantages is not wrong, it would be wrong if we weren’t successful, it is called being responsible.
A third observation is that many who are born with great advantages do nothing with their life and squander the opportunities that were given to them, in fact the greatness of the opportunities seems to be a demotivator in their life. And many who are born with very few advantages and blessings overcome all the obstacles and become very successful. These rags to riches stories are what America is about.
A fourth observation in life is that if the various advantages or privileges are listed and ranked in regards to the degree of influence they have on a person becoming successful in life the world as a whole will have the list of the blessings upside down, that is they will give great credence to an advantage some have over others that actually results in very little difference in the end, and almost totally ignore the ones that are huge difference makers.
So, what is number one? The greatest advantage one can have in life is to have two parents, Mom and Dad, especially Dad, who love each other and do a really good job parenting their kids. The most important determiner of true success in life is character and generally kids that come out of a healthy family and have been well taught in regards to Biblical values, faith in God, loving others, self-control, and diligence will excel in all areas of life. This advantage is true across all skin colors.
1. 85% of youth who are currently in prison grew up in a fatherless home.
2. 7 out of every 10 youth that are housed in state-operated correctional facilities, including detention and residential treatment, come from a fatherless home.
3. 39% of students in the United States, from the first grade to their senior year of high school, do not have a father at home. Children without a father are 4 times more likely to be living in poverty than children with a father.
4. Children from fatherless homes are twice as likely to drop out from school before graduating than children who have a father in their lives.
5. Girls who live in a fatherless home have a 100% higher risk of suffering from obesity than girls who have their father present. Teen girls from fatherless homes are also 4 times more likely to become mothers before the age of 20.
6. In 2011, 44% of children in homes headed by a single mother were living in poverty. Just 12% of children in married-couple families were living in poverty.
7. Children who live in a single-parent home are more than 2 times more likely to commit suicide than children in a two-parent home.
8. Living in a fatherless home is a contributing factor to substance abuse, with children from such homes accounting for 75% of adolescent patients being treated in substance abuse centers.
9. 85% of all children which exhibit some type of a behavioral disorder come from a fatherless home.
10. Children who live in a fatherless home are 279% more likely to deal drugs or carry firearms for offensive purposes compared to children who live with their fathers.
11. Over 80% of those involved in inner city gangs are fatherless.
12. About 90% of mass murders were raised in a single parent home.
I was raised in a home with a mom and a dad who loved each other, and who both excelled in their parenting skills. I was well taught and coached in every character trait, and left home highly motivated to excel in life and to accomplish something with my life that really mattered. I am indeed privileged. One of my goals in life is to use my privileged status in life to help as many other less privileged people as possible.
PS. Almost half of all black children born in the United States are born and raised in a single parent home. A little over 10% of white children are. Why is that? Not just the obvious, immediate reason, but the underlying causes and the history of those causes, but that discussion is for another blog.