Chairman's Blog


September 30, 2017

American Privilege

White privilege?

I don’t get it!

I’m white, probably as white as they come. My great grandfather was John Philip Sousa, an incredible American composer and patriot so I guess some might say I was born into money and prestige. I was born healthy. I had two parents, at least to begin with. I was raised with one hell of a work ethic and learned to appreciate what I had. Doesn’t get much better than that, huh? Maybe and maybe not!

So, is my life a privilege? Because I am white has my life been just one big, long joy ride in a Rolls Royce?  

Now, the color of one’s skin should play absolutely no role at all in how we treat one another. And I’m the first to tell you that way too many blacks and other minorities suffer unjustly. But suffering isn’t confined to one color or ethnic group.  

If you walk the streets of San Francisco, Chicago, or any of America’s cities, you’ll find homeless white men and women struggle right alongside homeless blacks. How about the families of those white veterans who fought alongside their black brothers? Their deaths or injuries suffered while defending our country and EVERY American’s freedom are no less painful to their families. How about the white folks in New Orleans who suffered right along with the black folks when Katrina hit? Yeah, lets check and see how they all feel about white privilege.

Now, before you get your tighty-whities in a twist, I’ve already admitted that many blacks have it rough. Some have been able to climb out of the disgrace of our inner cities; but far too many have not. Sadly most have bought into the left’s BS about how they are going to give you more government crap so you don’t feel the need to climb out of poverty. It’s a terrible vicious circle, but it has nothing to do with white privilege.

What really bothers me about this whole ‘white privilege’ thing is that from my point of view, it looks like just another attempt by the left to divide Americans. Obama spent 8 years working to divide Americans in every conceivable way — and in a few ways that weren’t conceivable just a few years earlier.  Gender, sexual orientation, income, age, religion, ethnicity, and, of course, color have all been favorite ways the left seeks to promote the ideology of victimization and convince us to feel bad about who we are. We are only reaping the harvest sown by America’s colleges for more than a generation.

And it’s all bull crap! I’m not buying it.  

I’m not buying the left’s attempt to brainwash white high school and college kids into believing they are less a human being because they are white and should somehow repent for being born white. And I’m not buying the left’s efforts to brand blacks who have escaped the liberal plantations, and their sons and daughters, as somehow deficient if they refuse to buy into the left’s politics of victimization.  

In fact, one reason I supported Ben Carson for President is because I’m convinced we have a great deal to learn, and much to gain, from the leadership of someone who has transcended unjust suffering by means of personal responsibility, faith, and hard work.

Just because a human being (and that is what we are talking about) is born one color or another, or one religion or another, or one tax bracket or another does not make that human being any less or more valuable than any other human being.  

Instead, it’s when we devalue one group or another as less than human that we can justify all manner of awful behavior toward them. It’s because people don’t see the unborn as human that they can justify abortion. To those who see the unborn as human beings, equal in dignity and value to all other human beings, abortion amounts to killing babies.

White privilege; black lives matter; do you see a pattern here? To the left, the only way to build one group us, is to tear another down. It’s divide and conquer, and make no mistake, it’s working!

Black dorms, black study halls, black places to eat (whitey stay out), black graduation ceremonies, it’s all part of the college experience on the most liberal campuses in America. And it’s all intended to promote the politics of division and victimization.  

Isn’t this what Martin Luther King fought so hard to end? Isn’t this separation of blacks and whites exactly what he died working to end?

A word of caution to those on the left who think this is all a grand social experiment. Ask yourself, what happens when these kids graduate (assuming they do?) I can just visualize the job interview:

Employer: Tell me about your college experience?
Graduate: It was good. I lived in an all-black dorm, went to class with all-black kids and ate in the all-black eateries.
Employer: Why?
Graduate: I felt more comfortable.
Employer: Here at ABC company, we are totally integrated and do not discriminate against anyone. I don’t think you will feel comfortable here. Thanks for coming in and good luck!

Great, another under-employed college kid with a truck load of student debt flipping burgers at some dive.

I can’t help but wonder where this all ends. If we think the 50s and 60s were bad; baby, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Rocket man will pale by comparison to the damage that a re-segregated America will mean to our future.

Black history month. Black power. The black caucus in Congress. Black lives matter. Sadly, they are all taking us backward to a time of suppression, mistrust, division, and violence.  

Black History Month? How about a month devoted to our American History — the good, the great and the not so good. Black Power? Just stop it, it means nothing and was designed to belittle whites. The Black Caucus in Congress?  A bunch of liberals who don’t give a damn about black people. If you think I’m wrong, just look at their districts and the lousy schools, the crime rates, the disgusting housing. And Black Lives Matter? All they care about is hurting cops, defending the guilty, and promoting a leftist agenda. Where were they while blacks (and a great many other people) were suffering deadly hurricanes? And where are they now while  hundreds of blacks are being gunned down on the streets of Chicago and other cities.

The left HATES the idea of us being one America, helping each other, all pulling on the rope at the same time in the same direction.

Republicans must work overtime to help reunite our country … to show that, unlike Democrats, we care 24/7, not just at election time … that we fail as the DIVIDED States of America and only succeed when we are united.

So, I have an idea, instead of White Privilege, how about American Privilege.

John Philip Sousa IV

John Philip Sousa IV is an entrepreneur, political activist, author and accomplished business person. John has worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years, built a highly successful marketing company, ran for congress at age 24, and in 2016 created and led the successful movement to draft Dr Ben Carson into his candidacy for President of the United States. John is author of John Philip Sousa, A Patriot’s Life in Words and Pictures and Ben Carson, RX for America.