The interesting thing is that we probably don't agree much on either the present day situation or on the actions that are needed to fix it. We disagree on *words*, but words matter.: I believe that systematic racism still exists in the US - some very obvious like police harassment of black people (which sometimes leads to shootings), and some more subtle involving social and work interactions. Its a tricky problem to solve, but there are a variety of reasonable things to try.
I think that oppression of minorities and other groups still exists in the US and I am happy to do what I can to reduce it.
As an aside, my comment on Japanese is that they are NOT currently oppressed, in fact they are on average these days more privileged than "whites". Same for Jews (though certainly the opposite was true 70 years ago). My point there was that there are a number of privileged groups in the US, so why single out "whites".
To answer your first question: In US society the term "privilege" has very negative connotations - it implies having things one does not deserve
. "White Privilege" is in essence a racial slur, and causes as much anger as other racial slurs.
There are black people in criminal gangs, but not all black people are "thugs". The reason those terms are insulting is because there are other groups in criminal gangs and large numbers of black people who are not.
The term is also wrong. White people not have things they don't deserve, what they have are things that EVERYONE deserves. We are not I assume trying to eliminate justice for white people, but instead trying to gain it for all those that don't have it.
There are a small percentage of people who do have real privilege, inherited wealth etc. that goes far beyond the normal. Many of those people are white, but a significant number are other races as well. In the same way there are a small percentage of minorities who are criminal - but that doesn't tarnish all of them.
Then of course there are the wide range of white people who while they have some social advantages from being white, have much larger social disadvantages from other reasons. There are a lot of "white" trafficked women - surely they do not have "privilege".
So I turn the question around - why phrase the discussion in a manner that many people fine offensive? Why not talk about oppression? I can think of no reason other than as an attempt to attack people. What other reason is there?
Just look at the responses here - many of the people responding agree that there is bias and oppression and want to end it. Why drive them away? I go out of my way to avoid using offensive terms for other groups, why not extend the same courtesy?
The US is a mostly functioning democracy: There are lots of minor issues, but a substantial majority vote is enough to win elections. That means that social change happens when people are convinced to support your side. Why not act in a way to gain their support rather than lose it.
I see so many people made furious about "privilege", "safe spaces", etc. Progressives briefly had power, and as so often happens when the powerless gain power, they go overboard and abuse it. Now they've lost control of the government. The negative effects of this will be with us for decades. This is not the time to double down, but rather to recognize mistakes and regroup. To fight for the things that really matter.
Are progressives really willing to risk losing abortion rights, healthcare, and programs to help the disadvantaged for the fun of calling people "Privileged"? That is what it looks like to me, and it saddens me because I care about those things.
Am I going to stop voting for liberal ideas because I'm regularly insulted by liberals? No - but the effect is to make me more likely to vote conservative in the many edge cases.
No you are not being attacked!!!! I have used neither violence nor strong citisism. No one is being attacked.
Why do you feel like you're being attacked? Why does this issue make white people feel attacked?
With the exception of WWII, the Japanese were never oppressed, other than the newest wave of immigrant dislike. Jews have not had to suffer under US laws that disallowed them to vote, to own property, to rent housing, the be educated...etc. you keep trying to point to other ethnicity groups and by doing so you are confusing white privileged with minority bigotry. They are not the same. Again, chocolate cake...table. Related but not the same.
Excuse me? I am one of two supporting the facts of white privilege, everyone else denies it. Who has been run off this thread?
If it's unity you want, what is the harm in acknowledging white privilege?