Here comes some off-the-cuff, straightforward reality. Labels, feedback, rambling responses or wholehearted agreement are all welcome, but none really are necessary.

We’re going down the race road today — whether or not it’s a bumpy ride is up to anyone reading this.

White privilege? Where’s a guy get some of that? Give me a break here, folks. Seriously. 

The concept is a manufactured, double-edged logical fallacy. 

It exists, yet it doesn’t. It’s situational and in today’s political landscape, it’s simultaneously a blessing and a handicap. 

I’d equate additional structured similarities to the ‘climate change’ debate, but we’ll save that conversation for another time. 

I didn’t ask to be born white, male or American. It was just the hand I was dealt. 

Personally, I just identify as Miles. Or “Mucca” if you were asking my grandbabies. 

But, as a middle-age white male of average height, I’m literally not allowed by society to be “proud” of anything to do with my individual self. 

If someone wants to play the race card here, fine — from any angle, from any plane, it’s there and ripe for the picking — just know I draw far more personal similarities and parallels with black winners than white losers. 

As a nation, I wish we could just sit down and talk. Not about colors, not about religions, not about orientations or genders — but about us people; all of us — without changing the subject or subverting the narrative because it doesn’t fit one person’s or party’s individual agenda. 

I am proud. To be American. To be me. And to have the freedoms provided by our constitution which are applied equally to all of us. 

I should be able to be proud of my skin just as anyone else, right? 

Nope. Not today. 

In the current political landscape, I can’t exercise my free speech or my freedom from persecution the same way a person of any other color can — and that’s wrong. It’s wholly un-American. By definition, it is … dare I say … racist.

Free speech knows not a color. It never can and never will. To say otherwise immediately injects voluntary racial divisiveness into any discussion’s forefront. 

To quote Morgan Freeman in a recent interview, “I look at racism as a great excuse. It’s like religion — it’s a great reason for not quite getting there.”

Here’s an amazing concept: Rather than seeking to label, define or argue, we should simply dismiss the notion entirely. 

We should all collectively be seeking to enrich the great intellectual and emotional American debate, to hold an ongoing positive dialogue as citizens, and progress past outmoded, direct and reversed bigotry — not to shut down naysayers or the topical opposition. 

One step as a nation past this dated mentality would immediately remove the power of hatred from any side of any racial argument. 

That, my fellow readers, is a choice — not a privilege or a birthright. 

It’s time to stop apologizing, to stop rehashing the sins of every race’s forefathers, comparing failures and racially labeling every single thing under the sun. 

People are people. We’re different colors, we’re different sizes, we’re different races, religions, genders, orientations, whatever. 

I’m not trying to change anyone’s mind, I’m just hoping more people collectively will listen.

And, last time I checked, seven billion people would benefit from just a dash of that.

Brite is the editor of the Cedar County Republican and occasionally contributes op-ed pieces to this publication.

(2) comments

TrishTurley

Mr. Brite: I wanted to an an addendum to my previous comments. I consider "white privilege" as being what we experience on a daily basis ... it is simply common courtesy and being treated as everyone should be. I am surrounded by black and Asian people who do not experience those same courtesies. We don't realize it, because it is natural to us. We cannot say people are NOT being mistreated because of their race because we have not walked in their shoes. I cannot grasp how it feels to be a young black male in today's climate. I know of too many good young black men who have been stopped for no reason, questioned for no reason, treated differently at restaurants and hotels that we have traveled to for various activities. I too am proud. I'm a proud American. I'm proud to have grown up in Stockton. But I am not proud of the way that many white people treat or mistreat those of another color. I believe we CAN be proud of being white and of our accomplishments! We should be! But everyone should be proud, as well, and treated exactly as we are! Thank you.

Trish Turley

TrishTurley

Mr. Brite:

While I share some of your beliefs, I have to share just a few personal experiences I have had with racial injustice. I grew up in Stockton and I love it so much that I plan on moving back next year. However, while growing up, there was not much diversity. When I got married there 33 years ago, one of my dearest friends from Springfield was black. He was attempting to find the church, and stopped at two different businesses inquiring as to where the Southern Baptist Church was located. At each stop, he was told that they didn't know where it was... seriously? Stockton is not that big. I had two other white friends who did the same, and were happily given detailed directions. Fast forward to 2020. I have resided just outside of Nashville for the past 15 years. I have two biracial grandsons. My 17-year-old son has many black friends, and a biracial girlfriend. I have witnessed too many racial situations to even specify. But here are a few. My son's girlfriend works at Old Navy and was training a new "white" girl. A lady walked up to them and asked a question. My son's girlfriend began to answer the question whens he was rudely interrupted by the woman, stating that she was "not talking to the colored girl. She asked the white girl." Unbelievable! She was promptly removed from the store. I do believe that we are simply experiencing "white privilege" in those common day situations that we don't realize simply because we are treated how everyone should be treated! I do believe that, as while people, we can be proud of who we are and all of our accomplishments. However, I believe that no matter what color your skin is, you should have the exact same freedoms as those of us with white skin. It makes me sad to think that there are still many, many people who believe otherwise. I have biracial family members who reside in Stockton. I pray each day that they are treated equally. But as you stated, we are all entitled to our opinions. Thank you for being open and honest. With best regards, Patricia Fidler Turley

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