Here in Canada, white privilege has been with us for centuries. In my part of the country, Atlantic Canada, the white epidermis has been a pure passport to bliss and favour. For generations Cape Bretoners, for example, have revelled in the advantages that poured on their coal-dusted heads and corrupted lungs from generations of labouring under the earth, stooping with pick and shovel, in the murky, dank, mildewed hell of the coal pits. Privileged? I’ll say. How they lorded it over the folks selling haberdashery in the above-ground stores bathed in sunlight and fresh air. Forty years in a coal mine — if accident or early death had not claimed them — and the world was their grime-coated oyster. What were the odd mine collapses, early deaths, TB, and a lifetime working in darkness and danger compared to the privileges that came their way just from being white?
That "white privilege" is a crude racket, one that really only works on the young and gullible, is understood. What's fascinating is the brazen nature of the attempt. It is a literal and exact example of reverse racism. You are guilty of this terrible pseudo-crime by virtue of your skin colour alone. It's advocates are only slightly above the level of the Jim Crow bigots of yore as they have, so far, refrained from using violence to enforce their positions.
On the downside we are seeing a generation being indoctrinated in the mantra of racial guilt. On the upside we are witnessing another instance of the Left's intellectual bankruptcy. When socialism had failed the Left drifted into advocating environmentalism. When electorates proven unwilling to destroy their living standards for the sake of Gaia, the Left fell back on the problems of racial minorities. After half a century of Great Society and affirmative action programs apparently American blacks were still far behind their white counterparts.
Rather than blame the welfare state for entrenching and expanding black disadvantage, which would mean rejecting their core political goal, the Left is now chasing after the phantom of white privilege. If actual white racism against blacks could not be blamed for the state of black America, then the success of white Americans was the product of some nefarious factor. White people apparently have a kind of magical forcefield around them ensuring their success and happiness. The nature of that forcefield cannot be explained or even reasonably defined. It just is.
Like primitive tribes unable to explain natural events, the Left has resorted to the intellectual level of witchdoctors to cope with the failure of their social and economic policies. What began more than a century ago as "scientific socialism" has now sunk to the level of voodoo.