“Racial structures remain in place for the same reasons that other structures do. Since actors racialized as “white”—or as members of the dominant race—receive material benefits from the racial order, they struggle (or passively receive the manifold wages of whiteness) to maintain their privileges. In contrast, those defined as belonging to the subordinate race or races struggle to change the status quo (or become resigned to their position). Therein lies the secret of racial structures and racial inequality the world over.58 They exist because they benefit members of the dominant race.” (Bonilla-Silva,The Strange Enigma of Race in Contemporary America, pg 9) #whiteprivilege #racialstructures #inequality #obstacles #Wells
Racial structures are kept in place because those that benefit from them don’t want to lose their privileges. The cartoon depicts the common idea that one can rely on hard work to make them successful. However, people of color face obstacles and discrimination that the dominant (white) race does not.