The top 3 most well off races/ethnicities in America are non white. Indian Americans, Japanese Americans, Taiwanese Americans make an average of above $67,000
The white American is number 10 in most well off. Even nigerian americans make an average of $61,000.
So is it race?
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I can understand the confusion here. It's true, the white American is not the highest paid group in the US and it's not particularly close. However, Asians are extremely high achievers in both academics and the work place so that's what accounts for their high salaries (across both genders). Where I think white privilege persists is in the dead weight that exists at every company. Say you have a group of 11 engineers on your team. It's always the case that three of them do 90% of the work while the other eight do almost nothing. These slackers are dominated by white males as they proudly proclaim that they work."smarter, not harder". A person of color could never get away with being as unproductive as these white people while still keeping their job. The movie Office Space sort of jokes about this phenomena, but I don't think people really accept how true it is.
This isn't to say that all white people are slackers as in fact, I think the best very, very best workers I've ever worked with have almost all been white. I don't believe that white people are dumber or lazier than the rest -- I just think that in this country, they're extremely entitled and that has led to laziness and complacency. This is why you have a whole group of them in the midwest who rail over the fact that they can't get paid 3x the median salary anymore for screwing in bolts when what they really should be doing is keeping up with technology and the changing economy.0