If You Believe in Privilege, Read This

Recently a video that is supposed to help privileged young people understand privilege has gone through social media. It is one of those videos that makes us say, “Oh my, so this is how life really is!” It is a worldview video, shaping the worldview of unsuspecting souls.

It is, in my opinion, expressing an unbiblical worldview, and those who are watching should not adopt it’s anti-Judeo-Christian message.

Watch the video, then see below for why I disagree. Then share the truth!

If someone doesn't understand privilege, show them this video

Everyone needs to watch this

Posted by VT on Monday, October 30, 2017

 

Why I don’t agree with this video:

  • It makes the assumption that a mom and dad who stay married, work long hours to pay the bills, provide the “fineries” of life, and put food on the table is “privilege.” This isn’t privilege, it is the result of living Judeo-Christian values. It doesn’t come easy; it doesn’t come cheap; it doesn’t come quick. It was blood, sweat, and tears shed from and passed from one generation to the next, generations who consistently lived God-honoring lives.
  • It makes the assumption that scholarships due to athletics are NOT privilege while scholarships due to academic excellence ARE privilege.
  • It makes the assumption that those who come from families who have paid the price “have been given more opportunity, more head start.” As if it is shameful that your parents worked their butts off and sacrificed their own wellbeing for you to have your “privilege” –something you should now be ashamed of. This is the ultimate way to dishonor both hard work and your mother and father.
  • It makes the assumption that those who had this so-called “privilege” should utilize their money to “learn someone else’s story,” which, I suppose, means give your $100 away because you didn’t deserve it. Our bigoted parents used to call this socialism.
  • It makes the assumption that life is not a fair race. This is socialism at its very core, assuming that it is not fair if everyone does not start at the same place. Life cannot be boiled down to a foot race. If your worldview comes from foot-race analogies, you’ve got a very thin worldview (and the worldview of this video is really a thinly veiled promotion of socialism).
  • It says that “nothing you have done has put you in the lead,” thus, of course, you should be ashamed of your “head start.” The truth is that much, if not all of your lead IS because of things you have done, and the rest of it is because of things your parents and grandparents did. Every lead we have is due to things we have done. No lead (none whatsoever) is an “accident” of birth. If you have a lead in finances, it is because someone risked something and worked hard. If you have a lead in athletics, it is because you spent countless hours practicing (and your parents probably spent that many hours, and more, helping you). If you have a lead in intellect, it is because you spent your hours reading, studying, and thinking. If you have a lead in “natural” good looks, it is because you valued presentation and worked hard to take the face you were given and make it beautiful (I’m convinced that beauty is 90% the result of hard work).
  • It says, “If this was a fair race, some of these black dudes would smoke all of you.” This is just racism, race-baiting, or both, and the makers of the video should be ashamed. It once again rejects the real cause of success in this life (generations of living under Judeo-Christian values) and implies that non-blacks have somehow cheated to get ahead.
  • It concludes by saying, “If someone doesn’t understand privilege, show them this video.” It would be so much better if you would show this article to someone who believes that there is such a thing as “privilege,” when in reality there is only the fruits of hard work, Biblical values, and consistently getting out of bed, getting to work, doing your best, taking risks, and building a brighter future.

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By |2017-11-10T10:00:24+00:00November 10th, 2017|Articles, Current Events|5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Teresa Ezell November 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    More brainwashing. Hopefully we have taught our kids to see this for what it is, a commercial for Socialism.

  2. Teri November 10, 2017 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    The sad thing is that the majority of people will buy into this video’s message. There needs to be a counter video showing people like myself.

    I was raised by a minority single mom with an 8th grade education, who was paid only minimum wage all throughout my childhood, In my early years I had to use an outhouse because we had no indoor plumbing.

    I didn’t get a “fair” start in life, but now my family is considered privledged by society?! Yes, my kids have a privledged childhood compared to mine because I planned it that way!

    I paid my own way through college by working full time during the day and attending classes at night. Got married and once we had kids, I decided to be a stay at home mom. I got to where I am by getting an education, working hard, being fiscally responsible and most importantly having Judeo-Christian values.

  3. Enid L Chamblee November 10, 2017 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Such a good article. When i saw that video, I found it offensive, but could never have explained why as clearly as Dr. Randy White does.

  4. Kenn November 10, 2017 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    I disagree with your analysis.

    First of all, you make several assumptions about the assumptions the video makes. You assume that people who point to privilege think that having privilege is a negative thing. But this isn’t the case. No one’s says that they wish other families had divorced parents, etc. Only that we need to recognize that it’s harder for children from broken families to be successful in life (which has been proven by data). This video doesn’t shame those with privilege, only tries to bring attention to the fact that not everyone has the same benefits in life as everyone else. It’s about having compassion on the less fortunate, not being ashamed.

    Second, I fail to see the connection to socialism. He encouraged the winner to use the money to learn more, but did not force that upon them. They are free to use the money as they choose. Socialism is a genuine evil in the world, but if you go looking for it places it is not you’ll effectively be crying wolf and no one will listen when genuine socialism comes along. Do some who talk about privilege advocate for socialism? Yes. Does this video by itself? No.

    And finally, you ironically admit to the very thing you deny in your analysis. You say “If you have a lead in finances, it is because someone risked something and worked hard.” that’s exactly the point. Not everyone has the privilege of having someone work hard for them to have the lead. But again, this is not to shame the one with the lead, but to cause us to have compassion on those without the lead.

    The fact is that life is not a fair race. This statement isn’t a complaint but rather observation. God didn’t design it to be a fair race. Everyone faces different challenge and difficulties in life and some face more challenges than others. Those with fewer challenge should not be as ashamed that they have less difficulty, but they should seek to have compassion on those who face more difficulty. And no, that isn’t socialism either.

  5. Melody Luecke November 21, 2017 at 1:10 am - Reply

    Due to the reality of sin. Life this side of heaven certainly is not fair. However God is Just. God is Love and demonstrated by giving his Son that all of mankind no matter what their position in life when it comes to sin all stand on the same line. No One is ahead of the game in God’s Mind. No One can take a step forward until they acknowledge their need for a Savior who paid for Their Sins no matter how big or small their sins may be. Christ himself stated about the women who worshiped at his feet and anointed him with expensive oil that she loved much for she was forgiven much, of which Judas commented this could have been sold and given to the poor, did not even care about the poor at all. His love was for money. We can’t serve God and mammon. Even Apostle Paul warns of seeking to be Rich, we are to work and share with others as God has prospered us and to be cheerful liberal givers. For God Loves a cheerful giver. I do believe we as Christians have been deluded by the American Dream, that we feel entitled to a life of success. We are appointed to suffering, we are appointed to baring the Reproach of Christ. Without Christ the Richest man is in poverty. In the Kingdom no one will want for anything, this is hard to contemplate. Christ’s kingdom will be Global, Satan right now seeks to mimic and to establish a Global Kingdom of his own using the like principles, the mistake is that due to the dispensational change, this won’t work. Mankind in His Sinful state is corrupted by power and money. Only when Righteousness Reigns will we then be able to enjoy what a Just life is without the temptation of self-pity because the next guy is more gifted then you.

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