I am happy to join with you today in what will surely go down as the greatest demonstration of freedom in the history of the Internet.
Less than three score years ago I was born as a White American child and I stand today in the symbolic shadow of other white children, some wicked, some righteous, but most just trying to get through life and make sense of it all, like everyone else, of every color – all of us God’s children. And today I hold up a light for all children as I ask the question – What is White Privilege exactly?
Is White Privilege the privilege of not looking to Big Government to solve your problems, and not pointing to some other race as the cause of all your problems?
Is it the privilege of not behaving like you belong to a culture where 77 percent of women have their babies born out of wedlock, thus causing well over three quarters of the households to cause their children to grow up without a father?
Is it the privilege of thinking differently, different from a culture that is 13 percent of the population, but commits over 50 percent of the murders in America – and dramatically more of the sexual assaults? The murders it commits are mostly against its own people and the sexual assaults are mostly against White People. Are all these rapes some kind of a privilege?
Is White Privilege the privilege of not blaming white people, when about one in four black men commit a felony in their lifetime, thus creating a culture or a race that seems to be institutionalized, while blaming the institutions instead of the crimes that were the cause of doing the time?
Is White Privilege the privilege of not expecting the universities to show a preference in letting you in, even if your grades are lower than what is required? Is the lack of having that expectation a form of White Privilege?
Is White Privilege the privilege of not condoning, supporting or participating in a “special” class of segregation – such as the NAACP, BET, the Congressional Black Caucus, and too many more to list? Is it the privilege of joining special groups that only allow you as a member if you have the right skin color?
White Privilege is clearly not about expecting or demanding special rights, under the law, not afforded to others who do not share your skin tone. It is about judging others, under the law, by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.
And that is why I have a dream…
I have a dream that those who hide behind these fake terms such as White Privilege and Institutionalized Racism, will cease behaving in the ways I have described, that cause you to find yourself in exile in your own land.
If you are a black citizen of this great country, you are an American just like me. And your history is American history, just like my history is American history. You do not require a special month, for others to pat you on the head condescendingly, and give you your own special history month, as if you were a child or capable of any less than the rest of us. We are both Americans and this land is as much yours as it is mine. I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day you who hide behind the excuse of White Privilege will no longer be sadly crippled by the manacles of self-imposed segregation, and the chains of discrimination that cause you to see White People as “the other” – a group with whom you do not want to cooperate with, or participate with, but rather judge, rather point the finger and lay blame. I have a dream today!
I have a dream that those who use the excuse of White Privilege, for their unhappy station in life, will no longer live on a lonely island of poverty, in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity, still languishing in the corners of American society. I have a dream that the special laws that create Black Privilege in the workplace, through quotas and slam dunk lawsuits can be cast aside – making all men and women equal under the law. I have a dream!
I am here today, right now, speaking about a shameful condition, the blaming of this fantasy, this fiction called White Privilege. In a sense the attempt to use it to advance oneself is like the cashing of a bad check. But know this, when the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. And today, in this day and in this hour, there is not a single law that gives a special privilege to White Folks. Not one!
And yet, those who hide behind the excuse of White Privilege, deny themselves the privilege of being heir to the promise that all men, yes black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the privilege of being able to walk through the hood, with a red hat that boldly reads, “Make America Great Again” – without getting jumped and beaten by some thugs. I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal” such that anyone who states that “All Lives Matter” will not be branded a racist for not limiting their speech to only Black Lives Matter. Yes, Black Lives Matter is a terrorist organization that uses violence to advance a political cause, stating that “No lives matter until all Black Lives Matter”, while putting other Americans in its cross hairs based on the color of our skin. I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low. The rough places will be plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of all human potential shall be revealed. I have a dream that one day no one will even try to blame the myth of White Privilege when one encounters their shortcomings, but to push harder, reach higher, throw off the shackles of false excuses and overcome. I have a dream today!
Yes, I have a dream that white children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
I have a dream that those still in bondage to the shackles of scapegoating White Privilege will one day set themselves free. I have a dream that those who imposed upon themselves a certain self-oppression, as black people kill each other every single day in cities like Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago, will one day be free of all this foolishness.
So let freedom ring from the porches of the housing projects of Chicago. Let freedom ring from the long lines to pick up Obama phones in New York City. Let freedom ring, louder than the sound of those baby mamas, opening their government checks in Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the sound of a piano, falling from the sky and landing on the head of Louis Farrakhan. Yes, I like that idea, even though it’s really weird. Let freedom ring. Let a piano fall from the sky and crush that man. Let a piano fall from the sky, by some strange supernatural force and land on Al Sharpton, and another piano fall from the sky and land on Jesse Jackson. Let freedom ring!
I have a dream – it is a strange and surreal and Apocalyptic dream, but I have a dream. Won’t you join with me in believing in my dream? I have a dream today. Let freedom ring.
And in this mighty dream all of the race-baiters will one day stand arm in arm, joined together, as hundreds of grand pianos fall from the sky and land on the excuse makers, and the distributors of the illusion of White Privilege.
Let freedom ring, as the skies above America rain grand pianos, like the frogs that landed on Pharaoh, the grand pianos land upon the heads of race-baiters, holding hands with Marxist professors, who are holding hands with self-loathing white Liberal politicians.
Let grand pianos fall upon their heads, making a cacophonous and yet beautiful sound – making music that sounds like that old Negro spiritual: “Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free of all that bullshit at last!”
By Eric Allen Bell