Granted, the concept of “white privilege” has already achieved mental hegemony, but is it true? It can be tested simply by measuring whether more people on the racial margins are attempting to pass from being considered nonwhite to white (as happened in the increasingly distant past) or instead from white to nonwhite.
Today, we see an increasing number of white-looking individuals, especially leftist female professors of grievance studies, striving for the privileges of being officially nonwhite.
This has become hilariously common in Australia, where the newspapers are full of the pathbreaking feats of the “first Indigenous” this or that, almost always with a photo of an extremely white-looking person. The number of Australians who identify as Aboriginal has been soaring, especially in the metropolitan areas of the east coast, far from Indigenous settlements in the Outback.
Full-blooded Aborigines, in contrast, are not doing well in modern Australia. In desperation, back in 2007 Canberra tried to cut down on the horrific rate of child sex abuse among Indigenous communities in Northern Australia by banning alcohol and pornography.
Outside of athletes, such as 1970s tennis champion Evonne Goolagong, nonwhite Aboriginals are seldom well-represented in the more competitive sectors of Australian life. They appear especially ill-equipped at generating critical-race-theory verbiage to lecture whites on their racial sins.
But whites in Australia will not forgo such a fundamental pleasure of the contemporary world, so a sizable caste of white-appearing academics and pundits has arisen to make their livings as professional Aborigines castigating the white man.
Whites in Australia are never supposed to question the authenticity of these self-declared natives. But these experts themselves tend to be suspicious of each other’s Aboriginal bona fides.
For example, both The Australian and The Daily Mail’s antipodal edition recently ran articles on the complaints of two different female Aboriginal-identifying academics about “box-tickers” and “nine-to-five blacks” who get the career and financial privileges of being nominally Indigenous in 21st-century Australia without really being Aboriginal.
With another Australian census coming up shortly, both essays note that the number of individuals identifying as nothing but Aboriginal has been rising in this century far faster than natural increase could allow. (Similarly, in the U.S., the Navajo nation’s rolls exploded from 306,000 in 2020 to 399,000 in 2021 in order to cash in on federal coronavirus payouts handed out through the tribe.)