It could not happen in the USA!
The Economist reports that “a [British] parliamentary committee,” no less, has issued a report about the difficulties of “working-class white pupils.” They are underperforming.
The magazine covers evenhandedly how “the use of the phrase ‘white privilege’ may harm poor white youngsters who, by definition, are nearer the bottom of the socioeconomic pyramid than the top.”
More crucially, can you imagine a US Congressional committee even commissioning such a report? I can’t. The Republicans would certainly not push for such long-overdue fact-finding. They have not! Why not?
Humor: Question: Why have Republicans not got a congressional committee looking into white underprivilege and disadvantage, as the British have?
Answer: Because Republicans “think” JD Vance’s novel, Hillbilly Elegy, is social science.
Why, there would be riots in the streets if white poverty and underprivilege got attention from the representatives of those poor, underprivileged whites.
The Johnson column calmly explains what each side means when it asserts or rejects “white privilege”:
As is often the case, the two sides of this debate seem to mean very different things by this concise but explosive term. Sensible folk who give credence to the idea of “white privilege” argue that, whatever their other problems, white people do not face the same race-based disadvantages as ethnic minorities, from the minor (a shopkeeper training a wary eye on them) to the more serious (teachers reflexively judging them to be less capable than they really are).
Kind of banal and sanctimonious. The take-away news here being that a British “parliamentary committee [actually] released a report into under-performing working-class white pupils.”
Unheard of in American halls of power.
This piece was previously published at IlanaMercer.com on Aug. 1, 2021.
Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She is the author of “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa”(2011) & “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed” (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Facebook, Gab & YouTube