Milo Yiannopoulos's ‘Privilege Fund’ exclusively for white men is a sobering example of what's wrong with society
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Editor of right wing publication Breitbart Milo Yiannopoulos has opened up a college scholarship exclusively for white men. Known as The Privilege Grant, the scholarship's website states that this funding is for those who fall into that group and want to pursue higher education in the USA. The website explains: “American college campuses have changed. Research now suggests that low-income Caucasian males are the most in need of help. Women’s advantage in college graduation is evident at all socioeconomic levels and for most racial and ethnic groups”. Milo is a white man. Therefore, the concept of him extending a helping hand to his own ethnic group is understandable enough. Here’s the thing though; the matter at hand is more complicated and dark. Yiannopoulos has twisted the facts to suit his own agenda of perpetuating the white privilege that he's benefited from his entire life. How do we know that, with this scholarship, the 33-year-old doesn't mean to reinforce the far right ideologies upon which his “career” is founded - racism and ultraconservatism? Low-income Caucasian males are here being declared the most in need of help - something that is highly questionable. They might genuinely be in need, somewhere along the line, but many would argue that declaring them the most in need negates the very real struggles of ethnic minorities in the USA. It is neither fair or progressive to simply ignore the longstanding racial disparities across educational attainment in the USA, as if they don’t exist. On the Privilege Grant’s website, the grant is further justified with the necessity to help white men to be "on equal footing with their female, queer and ethnic minority classmates”. As such, it is implied that white men aren’t the most enabled group in American society: this can only be described as delusional. On the whole, white men fare quite well within the US educational system, which is built upon lack of equal opportunity - in that group’s favour, rather than against. After university, black & Hispanic graduates are more likely to be unemployed than their white counterparts, and they earn less money on average. This is rather similar to the situation in the UK, where ethnic minority graduates are twice as likely to be unemployed than their white counterparts. According to the last US census, more than one-third of white students had a bachelor’s degree or higher (36%). That’s almost almost double the amount of black students (22%) and more than twice the amount of Hispanics (15%). However there is indeed a marginal disparity between white female and male students – a meagre 0.4%. True; white students are not the highest academically attaining group in America - Asian students are. However white students come a close second and their lack of attainment is generally not for a lack of opportunity and access. Pull the other one.
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