TV talker Bill O’Reilly has waged a persistent campaign denying the existence of White Privilege. Jon Stewart recently confronted him about it, asking about his upbringing in the original suburban subdivision, Levittown, on New York’s Long Island.
“It gave you a nice stable, a cheap home,” said Stewart, “there were no down payments.It was this incredible opportunity … Those houses were subsidized … It wasn’t lavish.”
O’Reilly: No, they weren’t subsidized. They were sold to GIs, and the GIs got a mortgage they could afford.”
Stewart: “Did that upbringing leave a mark on you even today?”
O’Reilly: “Of course. Every upbringing leaves a mark on people.”
Stewart: “Could black people live in Levittown?”
O’Reilly: “Not in that time — they could not.”
Stewart: “So that, my friend, is what we call in the business ‘white privilege.’”