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A ridiculous attempt by Liberals to somehow showcase “privilege” is making some rounds on the internet and I thought I’d bring it here for you.

Ultimately… many of the black people didn’t make it as far as many of the white participants and this is somehow supposed to teach people a freaking lesson, at least that’s how I took it.

“Take two steps forward if both of your parents are still married,” he says. He continues, “Take two steps forward if you grew up with a father figure in the home.” And as most of the group steps forward, the camera lingers on some of the people who haven’t moved, several of whom are black. The coach continues:

“Take two steps forward if you had access to a private education. Take two steps forward if you had access to a free tutor growing up. Take two steps forward if you’ve never had to worry about your cell phone being shut off. Take two steps forward if you’ve never had to help mom or dad with the bills. Take two steps forward if it wasn’t because of your athletic ability you don’t have to pay for college. Take two steps forward if you never wondered where your next meal was going to come from.”

“Nothing you’ve done has put you in the lead your in right now,” the coach says. The young people finally run the race. We don’t really see who wins because that wasn’t the point. The clip ends with everyone holding hands, apparently praying together. The voice of the coach says, “If you didn’t learn anything from this activity, you’re a fool.”

This is identity politics and nothing more. Some attempt at guilt? No individuality… How many of those that were “left behind” made something of themselves by their own merit? How many of those “at the front” are dirtbags? I mean… that’s what we don’t see and that’s why this is misleading.

As reported by John Sexton for Hot Air:

Yesterday someone posted this video, or a version of it, on Facebook. They found it to be touching and insightful and revealing. I found it to be dishonest and misleading. The concept here is that someone has invited a bunch of college-age people to run a race. The winner will get $100. But before the race starts, the coach/organizer gives some people in the crowd an advantage based on their background.

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There are several versions of this video on YouTube, all posted within the last week. I’m not sure any of these are original because the quality of all of them is somewhat poor as if they are copies. So I don’t really know for certain how old this clip is. Maybe it came out this week or maybe it’s 10 years old. It really doesn’t matter.

Most of the responses on YouTube and Facebook are about how insightful this is. The general idea is that this reveals how racial disparities in society are the result of people starting out with unearned advantages. But is that what this clip is actually showing? The commentary is explicitly racial but the questions are all about having a two-parent family and a steady income to pay the bills and put food on the table.

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