Where can I go to sign up for this white privilege?
An unidentified contributor to the website, Wesplain, posted a letter which claims that it’s time for “privileged” white people to recognize people of color as so disadvantaged in the U.S. that they deserve to receive a portion of Caucasian Americans’ hard-earned paychecks.
“To even the playing field, the privileged should pay more,” claims the writer, who wants to level the economic playing field by starting with a 5 percent tax hike on white Americans. “Let’s start at 5% as if centuries of subjugation could ever be righted by such a minuscule percentage. Certainly, the privileged can stand to spare 5% with all of their economic advantages.”
Quoting numbers from USGovernmentRevenue.com, the author found that in the fiscal year 2017, the U.S. government will bring in $3.64 trillion dollars from federal taxes; and, according to TaxFoundation.org, white Americans pay 83 percent of the federal income tax.
“This means that white Americans are responsible for approximately $3.02 trillion dollars that the government will receive in 2017. Add 5% to this number, and this means that minorities will benefit by a total of $151 billion dollars.”
Here’s how the writer wanted to distribute the tax rates:
This new tax initiative must account for several demographic factors in order to be the fairest, and most effective. The following could represent a potential tax breakdown based on these demographics factors:
Single Heterosexual Caucasian Males – Equality Tax: 5%
Single Heterosexual Caucasian Females – Equality Tax: 4.5%
Married Heterosexual Caucasian Family – Equality Tax: 4%
Non-cisgender Caucasian – Equality Tax: 3%
According to the post, Infoplease.com revealed that “whites account for 63.7% of the population (a population of 308.7 billion based on the 2010 census).”
The writer added up a windfall of money for minorities, stating, “This leaves $151 billion to be dispersed over 36.3% of the population, or 112 million. That’s $1,348 for every US minority individual or roughly $3,000 per minority household on an annual basis. While $3,000 could never rectify centuries of abuse, it could at least give minorities the financial tools to compete in a white, male-dominated society.”
Claiming that white people “must understand that their economic success was only made possible by the blood and sweat of minorities,” the writer admits that such a tax would produce an “inevitable backlash” from “the privileged.”
After realizing that the writer is quite serious, and the post wasn’t meant to be satire, people who commented on it still found the notion laughable.
“At first, the thought of getting $3,000 seemed pretty amazing, it was an impressive number to me. But then I realized by wanting this in place you’re dividing the country even more, by taking away from the whites what they’ve earned, fairly and justly, you make yourself look like a greedy idiot who just wants some of someone else’s belongings. Something that was done centuries ago has no place in today’s times. Especially when it comes to money. If you want an extra 3k, go earn it yourself,” wrote one reader.