55% of white Americans believe they too face discrimination. I say “believe they too face” and not “experience the devastating systematic effects of” discrimination because only 19% say they’ve actually been discrimated against, and those who are under the impression they’ve suffered under its oppressive yolk tend to mutter things like
“If you apply for a job, they seem to give the blacks the first crack at it,” said 68-year-old Tim Hershman of Akron, Ohio, “and, basically, you know, if you want any help from the government, if you’re white, you don’t get it. If you’re black, you get it.”
Sure, Tim, it’s because the workforce hates white people, not because companies don’t typically hire 68-year-olds unless they’re CEOs. But we certainly wouldn’t want to blame this on how shitty capitalism is, would we? No, it’s the Other, always the Other, stealing Tim’s imaginary jobs. Theoretically. Because he just kind of feels that’s what’s going on.