One piece of “evidence” liberals love to cite about so-called “white privilege” is the economy disparity between whites and various minority groups.See for example the chart below, comparing the median net worth of white households to black and Hispanic households.
Here’s another showing the racial disparity in terms of income:
It bears noting that it’s a bit generous to say whites are compared to “various minority groups” in proving “white privilege.” They’re almost always only compared to blacks and Hispanics. Conservatives often fire back that Asians outperform whites on the same metrics but they aren’t the only group. Many minority ethnic groups out-earn white Americans:
Now imagine how insulting it is telling Indian Americans to “check their Indian privilege.” Statistical disparities alone aren’t proof of discrimination or “privilege.”
So what’s the cause of these economic disparities? There are hundreds of factors at play, but we can be pretty sure that “privilege” isn’t one of them.[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]