Its Time for White People to Pay for Privilege: The Equality Tax

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Its irrefutable, white people are privileged. Recognition of this basic fact of life is not enough. Its time to take action to level the economic playing field. At a time when PoC is still tremendously disadvantaged, despite the best efforts of affirmative action policies, something else must be done.

The Equality Tax

Current US tax policy fails to recognize the inherent economic disadvantages that PoC face on a daily basis. Racist employers, a disproportionate targeting of minorities by law enforcement, racial wage gaps, poor inner city schools; these all contribute to what is an undeniable reality for minorities. A reality that equates to an unfair economic disadvantage.

To even the playing field, the privileged should pay more. I dont know how much more, but it must be more. Lets start at 5% as if centuries of subjugation could ever be righted by such a minuscule percentage. Certainly, the privileged can stand to spare 5% with all of their economic advantages.

What would a 5% Equality Tax Mean? ($151 Billion Dollars)

First, we have to do some math. According to USGovernmentRevenue.com, in the fiscal year 2017, the US government will bring in $3.64 trillion dollars from federal taxes.

According to TaxFoundation.org, white Americans pay 83% of the federal income tax.

This means that white Americans are responsible for approximately $3.02 trillion dollars that the government will receive in 2017. Add 5% to this number, and this means that minorities will benefit by a total of $151 billion dollars.

For your information, this is what 1 billion dollars looks like:One Billion Dollars

How would we use it?

While extracting this money is the most important aspect, not far behind is how its used. We must ensure that this money is used where it will benefit minorities the most.

If we kept things simple, we could redistribute the money based on non-Caucasian race status. According to InfoPlease.com, whites account for 63.7% of the population (a population of 308.7 billion based on the 2010 census).

Population of the United States by Race and Hispanic/Latino Origin, Census 2000 and 2010:

NOTE: Percentages do not add up to 100% due to rounding and because Hispanics may be of any race and are therefore counted under more than one category.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau: National Population Estimates; Decennial Census.

This leaves $151 billion to be dispersed over 36.3% of the population, or 112 million. Thats $1,348 for every US minority individual or roughly $3,000 per minority household on an annual basis. While $3,000 could never rectify centuries of abuse, it could at least give minorities the financial tools to compete in a white, male-dominated society.

Caveats

This new tax initiative must account for several demographic factors in order to be the fairest, and most effective. The following could represent a potential tax breakdown based on these demographics factors:

  • Single Heterosexual Caucasian Males
    Equality Tax: 5%
  • Single Heterosexual Caucasian Females
    Equality Tax: 4.5%
  • Married Heterosexual Caucasian Family
    Equality Tax: 4%
  • Non-cisgender Caucasian
    Equality Tax: 3%

This is a very simple template, and I concede that it could be much more robust.

The Inevitable Backlash

With the republicans in power and the rise of the alt-right, this new tax initiative is sure to enrage the privileged. But we must not back down. We must continue to voice our opinion, especially in this racist, misogynistic environment post-Trump.

They must understand that their economic success was only made possible by the blood and sweat of minorities.

Post your thoughts below in the comment section.

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  • It’s hard to tell what’s satire and what isn’t now…

  • Svinestek

    Wow, how groundbreaking and clever.

    I have a even more groundbreaking idea though. How about people pay taxes based on wealth and income? Oh wait…

  • Idiocy Refuted

    POC Fragility, we really need to pay them because they do not have the agency to make it on their own merits…

  • VoiceOfReason

    Sweet holy shit, is this really your best so called solution?
    Even the system wasn’t inherently ridiculous it would eventually phase itself out over time as the playing field was levelled. Now by your own twisted logic the white population with their inate privilege will once again rise above and the cycle continues.

  • Ongo Gablogian

    This is weapons grade idiocy. Unless you’ve personally been a victim of slavery, you’re an entitled little baby who needs to accept personal responsibility for their own shortcomings. Saying ever single white person is privileged is incredibly false. What, you think all white people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth and a bank account that’s growing because of slave labor? Please. Grow the fuck up and act like an adult.

  • Melissa Michelle Wray

    Thanks for perpetuating the ol’ “minorities are perfect angels who need to be lifted up at the expense of others” myth.
    — a black woman.

    • Also, if this person cares so much for people in need, why don’t they volunteer at a shelter or find way to help the homeless and impoverished in their neighbourhood? I feel like this person just wants asspats for being “progressive” instead of actually helping people who need it.

      • Melissa Michelle Wray

        Because actual work is SOOOOOO HAAAAAARD (for people who wouldn’t know real oppression if it drop-kicked them in the prostate/G-spot).

  • schnook

    I get it. The equality Tax is like income tax, only racist.

  • Michael Henderson

    Are you insane and the reason minorities it seems are being involved with cops is because the vast majority of them are committing crimes period and committing the majority of crimes. And here is a tid bit for you back in the day before and during the civil war only about 1.3% of the whites owned slaves but over 25% of free black men owned slaves and the first slave owner in this country was black and world wide vast majority of slaves were owned by muslims and africans so shut the hell up

  • Patrick

    Whites already pay almost 90% of the taxes in this country.

    And a tax on whites only would violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. So, the author of this article can get fucked.