An article posted on the leftist website WeSplain, which features topics on feminism, racism and privilege, claims that white people should pay for their privileges in the form of an “Equality Tax” that will be distributed to disadvantaged minorities.
Throughout the article the author claims that despite the years of policies, programs and funding for minorities to pursue education, careers and housing, it is still not enough to level the playing field.
It’s irrefutable, white people are privileged. Recognition of this basic fact of life is not enough. It’s time to take action to level the economic playing field. At a time when PoC [people of color] is still tremendously disadvantaged, despite the best efforts of affirmative action policies, something else must be done.
The article claims that racist employers, poor inner city schools and threats from law enforcement all play a role into minorities deserving money from those who were born white. It claims that white people are given an unfair advantage in life, and due to their privileged they should pay more, starting at a 5% tax.
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.
At this point I have to wonder if this article is meant to be satire, as the author actually admits the fact that white Americans already pay 83% of the federal taxes collected, yet considering some of the arguments coming out of the left these days along with the similar topics on this website, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a completely sincere suggestion.
The author even suggests a tax bracket based on male or female Caucasians, charging white males the full 5% while decreasing a white females tax to 4.5%. Also, if you are white and “non-cisgender” (homosexual, trans, etc.), then it’s your lucky day because you would only pay a 3% equality tax according to this plan, since you are partially a part of a disadvantaged group, but not as disadvantaged as a person of color. Your white skin would offset any perceived disadvantage you would have from being non-cisgender.
At this point the author acknowledge they will receive some push back to this Equality Tax due to the rise of the “alt-right”, but the privileged must realize they are only successful because minorities made that success possible.
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.
So if you are white and have a good job that you spent years studying, preparing and working for, be sure to give some of your hard-earned money to a minority, since they actually made all that possible, not your own determination or desire to succeed…according to this article at least.
Thankfully, there is a way out of this so-called “race tax”. At the top of the article there was an update added yesterday saying that the author confirmed if someone were born white, but “identify as a different race or otherkin“, they would be exempt from paying the Equality Tax. They would just be required to submit evidence that their “transformation” is real, of course.
UPDATE (2/27): We have reached out to the author of this article. They have confirmed that if you were born white, but identify as a different race or otherkin, you would be void from paying the Equality Tax. You would just have to submit proof that this transformation is genuine.
So now you know if the day ever comes that an Equality Tax is instituted you have a way out by simply claiming you identify as a different race other than Caucasian. Similar to how a transgender person can claim they identify as the opposite sex, despite being born of a certain gender, you can also claim you are minority despite how white your skin may be.
It worked for Rachel Dolezal for a time, who became a president of her local NAACP chapter by claiming she was a black women until evidence emerged she was indeed born white. When she was later exposed for her deception, she invented the term “trans-racial”, and claimed she identified as a black person.
Rachel Dolezal was the Spokane Chapter NAACP president, a professor at Eastern Washington University, and was the chair for the local police ombudsman commission. Then, in the summer of 2015, a local news outlet asked her if she was white. Dolezal bolted. What followed could only be described as a trainwreck. Dolezal’s birth certificate and biological parents were found. She allegedly told her adoptive brother not to blow her cover concerning her new identity as a black woman. In short, it appeared that this was a years long campaign of deception. She later stepped down as the NAACP chapter president. She doubled down on her identity, saying that she was trans-racial, and that there was no biological proof that she was white.
Liberal ideas go both ways, so if you can decide to be a certain gender on any given day, you could do the same with your race to avoid that pesky Equality Tax, which social justice warriors and those plagued by “white guilt” are pushing to enact.
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