A Question About White Privilege from a 1% Perspective

It's a Ferrari of some type... Nice...Most homes don't sell for as much as this car costs.

Yes indeed, it's white privilege you can drive to a casino on a warm summer's night..

It must be nice to have enough money to never have to worry about having enough money...

So here's the question:

What do you think of the folks who can afford to own and drive such vehicles?

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Comment by older/exasperated on August 31, 2018 at 1:08am

2018 488 GTB is the model and it's V-8 powered base price depending on where you live is around $180,000. That's about the medium price for a new home. A new 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is priced around $120,000. My new 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty cost $65,000 about 2 times as much as my first home bought in 1978. By adding the term 'white privilege' is misleading you'd be surprised by the number of people of color who own one who are famous athletes, movie stars and people not considered to be 1%. My Gulfstream G650ER cost around $70,000,000 the next jet under that a G550 cost around $40,000,000, a famous African American pastor of a mega church asked his followers to donate money to buy one so he could spread the word of God faster around the country.

By using the racial connotation Ron you've missed the point by objectifying wealth with white privilege. It just isn't so, perhaps you should dwell on our inner city schools, income inequality, health care for all people regardless of race or income or just for shits and grins getting people out to vote. Vote to rid the legislature of racist lawmakers and privileged white people who care nothing for all people only themselves. I am a 1% person the last paragraph is what I strive for not owning a Ferrari.

have a nice day......................older/exasperated   (michael)

Comment by Ron Powell on August 31, 2018 at 5:11am

Perhaps....

However, your declaration, "I am a 1% person ...", and your inventory suggest that you are not struggling with two or three part time jobs to feed, House, and clothe a family...

I have little use for black athletes and entertainers who squander their opportunities to make a tangible difference in the lives of less fortunate black people, Black kids in particular...

The oldest hustle in the world is the 'man of god' asking a congregation for money so he can do a better job of spreading the'word'and commune with the almighty.

I have even less respect for such parasites...

"2018 488 GTB is the model and it's V-8 powered base price depending on where you live is around $180,000. That's about the medium price for a new home."

Means that at least half of the homes in America cost less...

The only house I've ever owned cost me a third of what that car sells for....

Nothing in your comment suggests that you are doing anything other than enjoying your wealth and white privilege , a manifestation of which is telling people of color what to do "just for shits and grins".

Again, it must be nice, having enough money to not have to worry about having enough money....

You may be 'older' but, about what are you 'exasperated'?

BTW, thanks for the vehicle ID...

When I was coming up, I would look at the exotics in "Road and Track" and "Car and Driver" with soaring and roaring fantasies...

Back then, I was 'young and exasperated'.

Comment by koshersalaami on August 31, 2018 at 5:35am

Let me address your question directly:

It depends. Some I respect for being successful and some I have no respect whatsoever for for being callous.The 1% population is, from the standpoint of social/public responsibility, far from monolithic.  I’ll start by using the Clintons as an example. The Clinton Foundation is, if anything, a manifestation of social responsibility, and yet I would assume the Clintons are 1%ers. Warren Buffet favors higher taxes on the wealthy. A lot of billionaires have at this point committed to donating half their wealth either during their lifetimes or immediately upon their deaths. The Kennedys are wealthy and yet have certainly shown social responsibility. 

On the other hand, when you get to the hereditary social Darwinists, the real class warriors, I have less than zero respect for them, starting with our President and continuing with such people as the Kochs and Sheldon Adelson, really a group of people who started openly controlling public policy under Reagan. 

The guys who build Ferraris, Gulfstreams and mansions aren’t rich. They make their livings based on the existence of rich people. 

People who invent things, build companies, and employ thousands of people often get rich. So do people who entertain millions. They do something, they get paid for it. Sometimes they do something because they get paid for it. That doesn’t make them the sort of people who want to eliminate inheritance taxes so spoiled children can lord it over working people. 

There are people who are not part of the 1%, an awful lot of them, who want to hang the poor and dispossessed out to dry. Whether they want to do that is for me a far better litmus test than what they own or drive. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on August 31, 2018 at 6:13am

Kosh has this right, and O/E has this right, too. (And it has nothing to do w color; it has to do w your framing this so as to allow for those wealthy African-Americans who like these and other/similar pricey status badges to escape the direct and implied criticism in the post.)

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on August 31, 2018 at 7:11am

Heh.  I don't think I'd use the Clinton Foundation for anything other then to back up Ron's contention.  Check out their 2014 990 Tax Form if you don't believe me (something like $120 million in Foundation compensation, fees and expenses to give away $5 million).  Interestingly enough, the biggest critic of this was Chelsea Clinton who, according to the WikiLeak dumps, was "highly critical" of her "family's" for-profit use of the Foundation...  hardly a "manifestation of social responsibility". 

Can you imaging the screams if say Akon paid himself anything near that amount from his Akon Lighting Africa organization (which is doing WAAAAAAY more for Africans then the CF ever dreamed of...)

As for the Ferrari?  That is a pretty audacious flaunting of being a 1%-er whatever the race of the driver might have been. 

Where the white privilege comes into play, in my mind, is that if the driver was Black I guarantee he would be systemically pulled over and harassed for "driving while Black" in such an expensive car.  The assumption that "he stole it!" is the textbook example of white privilege.

P.S.  Hey, E/O...  can you post a picture of you standing next to your 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty and your Gulfstream G650ER?  I want to see if you've gotten any better at covering you BS then you did with your "fake" car.  LOL

Comment by koshersalaami on August 31, 2018 at 7:28am

Connecting White Privilege to the ability to drive such a car without the assumption that you’d be pulled over as a matter of course makes sense, though I didn’t get that take from the post. 

I think that if this post were written by a White author, he’d be raked over the coals for reinforcing the stereotype that Black people aren’t that kind of wealthy and some of us, including both Ron and me, would be doing the raking. 

Comment by Steel Breeze on August 31, 2018 at 7:32am

i value my honor in actions and decisions more than any trinket....

Comment by Ron Powell on August 31, 2018 at 7:41am

I saw the driver of the vehicle as he pulled up to the Hard Rock and where the valet car jockey parked the car in what is the valet display area for such vehicles...

Comment by Ron Powell on August 31, 2018 at 7:48am

"Connecting White Privilege to the ability to drive such a car without the assumption that you’d be pulled over as a matter of course makes sense, "

Black people routinely get pulled over in Atlantic City because they're not walking.

I've been pulled over here in AC three times for no reason other than the fact that I was driving...Not even a Ferrari, or Corvette, Mercedes, or Cadillac...

Comment by koshersalaami on August 31, 2018 at 11:25am

What does that have to do with the post? I would assume you’ve been pulled over on DWB’s. That you’ve experienced racism is not remotely in question. 

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