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Black Privilege/White Privilege? PDF Print E-mail

Black Privilege/White Privilege?

Yes – we really do have a race problem. The numbers don’t lie.

The Hanna Channel – which is a right wing vlog – shared this graphic. 

Black privilege?

It makes the case that there is no such thing as white privilege, but that it’s actually blacks in America who are privileged because ... way more whites are killed by blacks than blacks killed by whites and because there are way more whites are killed by cops than blacks killed by cops.

There’s just one problem. And that problem is that these are raw numbers. And as raw numbers, they are meaningless because ... these raw numbers assume equal numbers of whites and blacks in America. But the number of whites and blacks isn’t equal.

According to the most recent US census:

  • 77.70%            percentage white population - per US census
  • 13.20%            percentage black population - per US census

Which means – out of a population of about 316,000,000 – 245,532,000 are white and only 41,712,000 are black

Why do these population totals matter? If we are to gauge rates of racial murder or cop killing by race to see whether one race has it better or worse than the other based on the numbers provided by Hanna Channel, we have to look at these numbers as percentages of the total population. The raw numbers don’t tell you what percentage – they only tell you how many.  What we need to know is how likely is it a white or black person will be a victim, only then can we gauge whether one group has privilege or not.

Here’s what the rates really are:

  • 0.130329%      of whites are killed by blacks
  • 0.148638%      of blacks are killed by whites

Looks to me like whites are killed by blacks at about the same rate that blacks are killed by whites.  No white or black privilege here. (Note:  I didn’t do the math to see if the slight variation showing blacks slightly more likely to be killed by whites is statistically significant or not.)

How about the other stat – how many of us are killed by cops based on the numbers provided by Hanna Channel?  Well, here the numbers are rather startling.

  • 0.000876%      percentage whites killed by cops       
  • 0.002709%      percentage blacks killed by cops        
In case you are unsure of what these “raw” numbers are showing you – I will translate.  These numbers mean that blacks are 309 times more likely to be killed by cops than whites are.  In case you are wondering, that is definitely statistically significant.

THIS is what the phrase white privilege refers to.  


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