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Does White Entitlement Exist?

Luke Visconti’s Ask the White Guy column is a top draw on Visconti, the founder and CEO of DiversityInc, is a nationally recognized leader in diversity management. In his popular column, readers who ask Visconti tough questions about race/culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age can expect smart, direct and disarmingly frank answers.

Ask the White Guy Luke ViscontiQuestion:
Do you feel entitled to success and position just because you are white? Do your friends generally feel entitled? Do you feel that white men are smarter than black men and white people smarter than blacks, as a whole? When a white man, in general, competes with a black man for a job, does the white man automatically think that he is a better candidate? Just wanted to know!

No, I do not feel entitled, but then again I’m not a typical white guy. I associate with friends who feel the same way I do.

In my opinion, the insidiousness of racism in this country is such that the majority of white people are likely to feel entitled or superior even if it is subconscious. You can prove this by measuring disparities that are allowed to exist.

This behavior is not limited to white people; we human beings tend to discriminate as part of our nature.

That’s why, in a country that will be minority white by 2050 and in a world that is 75 percent not white, diversity management is critical to corporate success. We must manage to overcome our common negative human tendencies.



  • Anonymous

    Science has proven with DNA we are all members of the human race. Why are we still talking about different skin color or points of origin? Shouldn’t we be shunning this negative behavior and educating people our skin color doesn’t diefine who we are.

    • Holly Mollie

      You said what I’ve always thought Thanks ignorance blinds all

      • Anti-racist critic


        you miss the point entirely…and offer a typical White Privileged response. Yes, we no longer speak of race in terms of Biology and Genes, but we speak of race as a Social Construction and phenomenon. The whole notion of Race inscribed into LAW / legislation / social policy.

        Jim Crow Segregation was about Legislation.

        Also, in your comment it is clear that you are invoking “Colourblind Ideology”, the notion that Race doesnt / shouldn’t exist or that it shouldn’t have any meaning. That is wish just fulfilment and a perversion of Dr. MLK historical “I have a Dream Speech”.

        Unfortunately, we never reached Dr. King’s ideal socieity. Race/ism in North America does continue to have meaning and CONSEQUENCES on the lives of Black and People of Colour, people who are outside of the White Dominant Group.

        it is clear from your Uncritical Comments, that you haven’t gotten yourself Educated in Anti-racist Thought through READING about Race and White Privilege.

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