Students told to wear white pins to represent their ‘white privilege’

Jeff Roberson, Associated Press

Jeff Roberson, Associated Press

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said that his dream was that people wouldn’t be judged by their skin color, but by the content of their character. Little did he know that his dream is still unfulfilled.

Caucasian college students are now being told to wear white pins shaped like puzzle pieces for one month as a constant reminder of their “white privilege.” According to The Washington Times, the Elizabethtown (Pennsylvania) College Democrats recently decided to launch an initiative to remind other whites, who may have never experienced racism, that prejudice is still in their blood.

“People of color every day have to wake up and think about race,” Aileen Ida, president of the College Democrats, told the local CBS news affiliate. “They have to think about how it affects their life, what they have to do for it to not negatively affect their life. And as a white person, you don’t even have to think about it.”

White Americans have been routinely lectured, especially during the Obama administration, that they have “implicit bias in their DNA.” Eventually, if you tell a lie enough, it becomes a de facto truth.

In 2008 the country elected a black president, and the electorate that voted for Barack Obama included many white Americans. But in Obama’s eight years, racial tension increased. The former president stirred the narrative of racist police officers and looked the other way when shown statistics on the high rates of black-on-black crime in his hometown of Chicago.

Imagine if George Zimmerman were black and Trayvon Martin were white. The same goes for Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown had their races been reversed. These two stories may have never made national news.

Most people cannot prove that white privilege exists, and the idea that whites have implicit racism has little credibility. 

If wearing white pins makes you feel better about yourself and less guilty, you have every right to do it. But don’t pretend you’re really contributing anything to end racism.


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