Wingnut radio host Bill Mitchell told his audience that racism is not a problem and white privilege doesn’t exist. Why? Because he recently ran some errands and didn’t see any racism and they won’t let him pay for groceries at Walmart with white privilege. In related news, I have concluded that snakes don’t exist because I looked in my refrigerator and didn’t see any.
“I stopped by the grocery store, did some grocery shopping. I went around, did some various things, drove around in the car, so far and so forth, interacted with people,” Mitchell said. “I saw black Americans, I saw Hispanic Americans, I saw Asian Americans, and you know what I didn’t see all day, not once, not one time? Racism.”
“I saw no racism,” he continued. “I saw no black people being asked to get to the back of the line. I saw no Hispanic people being denied service … I saw no racism anywhere. You know why? Because racism is not a huge problem in America today.”…
“They talk about white privilege,” Mitchell said. “I’m still waiting to be able to cash in on my white privilege. Where is it? I haven’t gotten anything in life that I didn’t work hard for. When I go and I check out at the grocery store and they say, ‘How will you be paying today, sir?’ I say, ‘I’ll be paying with my white privilege.’ ‘Well, have a nice day, sir. Enjoy those $300 worth of groceries.’ No, you do not get white privilege. White privilege does not exist. I’ll say that again: white privilege does not exist.”
Such a powerful, compelling argument, the kind of argument that could only work on those already convinced and wishing desperately that it’s true.