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How Ryan Lochte continues to show the world the reality of White male privilege

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Ryan Lochte had an opportunity to come clean and give his side of the story. During his most recent interview with Matt Lauer, Lochte never fully took responsibility and continued to dodge the truth. Lochte told Lauer that he thought that he was a victim and didn’t know if the encounter was robbery or extortion. It was another blatant lie because a translator informed Lochte and the other swimmers that money was needed because they vandalized property.

However, Lochte has provided substantial evidence to the world on the reality of White male privilege. It’s a condition that causes a segment of White men to believe that there aren’t repercussions for their ridiculous actions. Because Lochte really believed that he could get away with vandalizing property, lying about a robbery, leaving the country to escape trouble, and continuing to lie while seeing himself as the victim. And other people, such as IOC spokesman Mario Andrada, have given Lochte and his crew a pass by saying that they are “kids” who made a mistake. Lochte, 32, is decades removed from being a kid, but White privilege causes him to believe that he can still act like a kid and get away with it.

It’s a privilege that Black kids have yet to experience in America. Because when Black kids make the mistake of wearing a hoodie (Trayvon Martin); holding a toy gun (Tamir Rice); or walking away from police (Laquan McDonald), they somehow end up dead. Black men such as Alton Sterling, Philando Castille, Eric Garner and others paid with their life for things that were perceived as mistakes.

But Lochte made a mistake and attempted to blame it on criminals because he was aware of the high poverty in Rio. He never thought that innocent men of color could have been arrested for his stupidity. But causing destruction, blaming it on others and running when it’s time to clean up the damage is the epitome of White male privilege.

Lochte will eventually move beyond this moment without paying a heavy price for the damage that was done. But the world got a chance to see how some White males believe that consequences are only reserved for people who don’t look like them.


  1. Jason on August 21, 2016 at 11:17 am

    “He never thought that innocent men of color could have been arrested for his stupidity.”

    I think the author meant to say “He didn’t care that an innocent man of color could be arrested for his stupidity and arrogance.”

    • Sol Rothstein on August 23, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      THIS ARTICLE/BLOG is a bit too much. WHITE MEN are racist. Not Privileged !!!

      Let the importance of WORDS…They call you thug, city ape, gangsta, and no good. ALL BAD WORDS…not good words like Black Freedom Fighters, Black Rights, Black Patriots…you know like they do WHITE PEOPLE.


      • Jason on August 24, 2016 at 10:42 am

        There is a difference between being a racist and being privileged. NOT ALL White people are racist, but ALL Whites benefit from White privilege. Racism is by acting, thinking or doing. White privilege is granted by default – no actions needed.

        • Sol Rothstein on August 25, 2016 at 2:22 pm

          All WHITES don’t have a Privilege. SORRY BUT WHITES don’t have that Privilege!!!

          IF you believe this…go ask the WHITE CHILD that’s homeless, hungry, and their parents are on Heroine. SPEAK on that !!!

          • Public_Programming on August 25, 2016 at 2:49 pm

            They’ve had affirmative action for over 400 years, but it’s a problem when others might benefit from the same system. They act like poor whites don’t exist when they’re the ones that make up the majority of welfare and everything else.. A psychotic people indeed.

          • Jason on August 25, 2016 at 6:45 pm

            Spoken like a suspected White Supremacist. White Privilege has nothing to do with wealth or what a White person owns . Once again, you show you don’t understand the basics. This is why I will maintain that you are nothing but a suspected White Supremacist trolling this forum.

  2. John Bluebeard on August 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    White privelege? Black privelege means you can vandalize, loot, burn and destroy without consequence. See Ferguson, Milwaukee, Baltimore. LMAO. Lochte had to pay the price, that’s white privelege.

    Remember McKesson, the black lives matter founder? He said looting and burning was the black man’s Boston Tea Party. That’s black privelege, according to him.

    • ladyv on August 21, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      I will admit that looting and burning is not the solution to resolving the deaths of the young black men that were shot down (murdered) but it still remains to be seen that white men do not receive the same consequences as black men for the same or similar actions.

      • John Bluebeard on August 21, 2016 at 4:41 pm

        Yes, if blacks would stop murdering other blacks at the current rate, things would be better. However, the number of blacks killed by white police is statistically insignificant. 132 blacks were killed by cops in 2013. How many of those were murders? Let’s just say, for fun, that 20% of those shootings were unjustified, or 26. Less than 20 of those murders were committed by white policemen. In a nation of 300+ million, and while every life matters, that’s not a big problem, relatively speaking. More children under 17 drown in bath tubs every year.

        • ShadySideEye on August 21, 2016 at 9:15 pm

          Shut the f— up you ignorant hick.

          • John Bluebeard on August 24, 2016 at 10:29 pm

            Yeah, when the real numbers get put up, black lies matter looks stupid, doesn’t it? Insults can be your only reply. You look so small.

          • Public_Programming on August 25, 2016 at 3:02 pm

            And who created these numbers? Some racist organization/higher ed institution (the incubators of white supremacy) backed by old money families trying to maintain the status quo.. Get a clue.

          • John Bluebeard on September 3, 2016 at 8:49 pm

            The FBI did. Black lies matter doesn’t even bother with numbers. They just scream there must be a problem sumwhere. They shore have fun spending Soros’ money, though, don’t they?

          • Public_Programming on September 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm

            The FBI is one of the most racist divisive justice organizations in this country. Under Hoover invented Cointelpro and a bunch of other out of control programs. Even broke up the Panthers. You’re even dumber than I thought.

          • John Bluebeard on September 8, 2016 at 10:04 am

            PP, it sounds like you are under tremendous pressure, having been persecuted since before you were born. You better seek counseling. It has to hurt when others are laughing at you.

          • Public_Programming on September 8, 2016 at 10:47 am

            As a matter of fact, I am under tremendous pressure since I have to continuously defend my people against mis-informed, prejudice trolls like yourself who have existed since you dragged us into this country. Unlike YT Blacks don’t need to run to a therapist to cope with everyday dumb stuff- we actually know what real problems are..

          • John Bluebeard on September 13, 2016 at 3:55 am

            PP, as I said, you have no number to support anything you’re saying. How pathetic. Your racist hatred is worthless.

          • Public_Programming on September 13, 2016 at 3:41 pm

            LMAO- you posted the tired and racist black on black crime argument from the 90’s and now I’m the one racist? That’s how ya’ll do.. Have a nice life.

          • John Bluebeard on September 13, 2016 at 5:23 pm

            You’re just another bigot with no facts, none at all. Hid behind your racist insults. You just demonstrate your IQ when you do that.

          • John Bluebeard on September 22, 2016 at 10:07 am

            That’s the point. When confronted by facts, Black lies Matter supporters start screaming “racist” and other insults. If you point out that black on black crime is a much more serious problem requiring immediate attention, they just screaming “racist.” These fools have no GR.

            It’s a fact that half the people in the world have an IQ below 100. Four-fifths of the people on the internet are below 100.

        • Guest on August 24, 2016 at 3:57 am

          U guys kill me acting as if white people DONT kill other white people! I guys are #1 in mass murder and that dates back for centuries! Get off ur high horse.

          • John Bluebeard on August 24, 2016 at 10:29 pm

            That was neither the topic nor the implication. Deflection is a good choice only when you have nothing to say. I think it was a good choice for you.

          • Public_Programming on September 6, 2016 at 12:03 pm

            As long as YT controls the media your dysfunctional lifestyles and endless murdering of populations since the dawn of civilization will never be a topic. Only people with an actual brain and critical thinking skills understand how you keep this lie going. Yet there’s countless marathons about your crime sprees glorfieid on cable networks. It’s all in how things are presented.. When drugs plagued the Black community (brought in by the CIA/FBI) your politicians declared a war on drugs / and addicts, now they want laws reformed to help your meth /bath salt addict relatives.. Intervention anyone? FOH

          • John Bluebeard on September 13, 2016 at 3:58 am

            PP, generalized insults and feigned wrath is a lousy response to specific factsa and numbers.

          • Public_Programming on September 13, 2016 at 3:37 pm

            No need for numbers whole groups of people understand this. The fabricated numbers you present mean absolutely nothing when talking to people who can think for themselves. Have a great day.

          • John Bluebeard on September 13, 2016 at 5:22 pm

            That’s what I mean. Show any blm some numbers, and it runs and hides or insults. They make no pretense of truth. It’s all the same old “hand up, donna shoot me” lie. Nothing but racist bigots. All blm supporters.

          • Public_Programming on September 13, 2016 at 10:35 pm

            Oh please. Love how YT tries to make the BLM movement to be a racist organization when the terrorist group – KKK has existed for years. Please go kill yourself.

        • Public_Programming on August 25, 2016 at 2:59 pm

          Won’t YT ever stop with this ridiculous argument? Y’all kill each other everyday, but somehow all we see are blacks and Latinos murdering each other evening news… Coincidence? Not hardly-Even the media promotes this garbage by convincing whites to believe that every other race but them (and Asians) commit crime. Instead of plastering the murders of YT all over the news, the racist mass media comes up with crafty stories and scripts for movies and shows and we have to wait for an ID channel marathon of Snapped, 48 Hours, Forensic Files, etc. to get a glimpse of the real numbers.. FOH

          • John Bluebeard on September 3, 2016 at 8:51 pm

            Are you an idiot? Yes. The topic is not white on white crime, and there is no White Lives Matters crown runnign around shouting about nonexistant problems and looking ignorant and stupid.

          • Public_Programming on September 6, 2016 at 12:11 pm

            No you’re the idiot. There is no topic about white on white crime for a reason. No one here is buying your stupidity. The WLM movement is unseen and has been a movement since they found this land, gave the natives diseases, wrote lies in their HIStory books, etc..Take this L for being a loser.

          • John Bluebeard on September 8, 2016 at 10:01 am

            PP, read your own post. You’re the idiot who tried to change the subject to white on white crime. Black lies matter has no message, and when confronted by the numbers, they can never cite anything in the way of statistics. Unjustified police homicides against blacks only happen about a dozen times a year. Black on black crime is where the numbers are. Have you heard about Chicago? Black lies matter is nothing but a bunch of race baiters, bigots and crooks. Slime.

    • ShadySideEye on August 21, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      First and foremost: learn how to spell PRIVILEGE you f—ing dumb–.

      • John Bluebeard on August 24, 2016 at 10:35 pm

        That’s funny. I trolled with that, and only you got caught on it. What a hoot. You see who you are, don’t you? LMAO.

        Why do people keep harping on Obama’s birth? Birth doesn’t matter. Look at yourself. You were born a Jewish Notzi, and you’ve gotten rid of all the Jewish.

        • guest on August 30, 2016 at 8:20 am

          “I trolled with that, and only you got caught on it” . Lol sure you did!

  3. KeystrokesByKimberly on August 21, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Very well written article and great insight.

  4. PoliticalAnimal on August 22, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    So true. All the facts and statistics point to the fact that for the SAME mistake a black kid is punished twice more. I’m white and I know that because I’m reading books AND opening my heart and eyes to the truth and the permanent double standard.

    Some other white men unfortunately stay in denial either by (unrecognised) guilt or by pure racism. USA is better than that.

    • Ben on August 23, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      Please, in this instance, don’t fall for this clap trap. Just use some basic critical thinking skills to assess if this situation is actually white privilege (which I do believe exists on some level).

      If you want to compare two similar situations between a white athlete and a black athlete, take Ryan Lochte’s situation and compare it with Josh Shaw. Both athletes did something wrong and not only lied about what happened, but lied about it to make themselves seem courageous and heroic. In both instances, the media lapped up both stories without questioning them much. Lochte vandalized a bathroom; Shaw allegedly beat his girlfriend and was escaping through the window because the cops had been called. Locate has now lost everything in regards to his potential earnings; Shaw, who was reinstated once his ankles healed, now enjoys the privilege of playing in the NFL.

      Athletes of all color get privileges not afforded to the rest of us. They are wealthy and can buy their way out of many difficult situations without harmful consequences. This story was more about that than it was the color of a man’s skin.

      If we begin to say “white privilege” every time a white athlete isn’t scrutinized or treated the way we think he should be, we run the risk of either a) making “white privilege” meaningless and/or b) being divisive.

      • Public_Programming on August 25, 2016 at 3:16 pm

        Why is it that whites think you can take a poor black kid (who probably grew up with criminals in his family, witnessing domestic abuse, no role models other than his coach, etc.), give him millions for playing some mindless sport and all of a sudden he’s supposed to transform into a fine upstanding gentleman adhering to a strict moral codes, political correctness and Etiquette? That in itself is the dumbest line of thinking ever and indicative of the psychosis of prejudice in this country. Spare me.. I bet Rush Limbaugh won’t be calling Lochte all types of thugs and criminals like he does the football players.. Most FB players end up broke after their careers anyway mainly because they were first generation millionaires and had to carry the whole family indirectly due to a racist system in the first place..

  5. Manfred Hideous on August 23, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Oh, so this has to go the route of excoriating him for being white.

    Here’s where real privilege comes from.

    1. He’s an Olympic athlete. He is literally the top of an elite club.
    2. He’s not only an Olympian but a medalist as well.
    3. He is told (or at least he was until last week) that he is better than everyone.
    4. He’s RICH (estimated to be worth about six million)

    Saying something as simplistic as his fault was due to “White Privilege” is intellectually lazy. This ridiculous argument makes it possible to make other value judgements of entire ethnic lines based on something regarding their color. It’s racist and is shows a marked lack of logic.

    For example:

    Aaron Rodriguez murdered two people. Was this because he is Hispanic? Surely his hubris had nothing to do with his fame and lots of money.

    Is OJ Simpson a murderer because he is black or because like Rodriguez was wealthy and popular? The author would have us believe that it might be a case of guilty because of blackness.

    Do blacks riot and burn cities because they are black or because they live in circumstances that breed anger? This author would have you believe that it’s a racial trait; sort of the backside of white privilege.

    Does Hilary Clinton ignore the rules because she is a white female? She has been given a pass by the very people who would have pilloried Richard Nixon. Perhaps her arrogance has something more to do with the privilege that comes with wealth and power?

    People need to consider something; WHO benefits by the placement of whites and people of color as mutual antagonists? The average white, black, Hispanic, Asian, etc does not benefit. The minority of people who consider themselves the elite (who are by and large wealthy and popular public figures) do.

    How does a small minority (by numbers, not EEOC groupings) control a large group of people when they really haven’t the power to do so independently by force of arms? The set groups of people against each other using arbitrary differences between them. So long as whites, blacks, heterosexuals, homosexuals, atheists, religious, men, women, etc are suspicious of and aggressive to each other, it makes the job of manipulating and controlling us much easier.

    Stop playing THEIR game and recognize that the wealthy elites are the ones to fear and hate. I’m not talking about the doctor making 400K per year; I mean guys like Soros, Koch, Buffet , and their powerful public allies like Clinton, Bush, Jackson, et. al.

  6. on August 24, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Lochte et al got off too easy but still playing out a bit so remains to be seen. Lochte’s “Privilege” of millions of dollars coming from sponsors is being dropped like little hot potatoes everywhere so in fact he’s getting hit where it probably matter to him most, his ego and handlers will be none too happy.

  7. Public_Programming on August 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Privilege must be the new PC word for plain ole racism. They been doing this sh** for years. It’s only considered a “privilege” because most of the time they know the legal system is ran by people who look like them thus allowing them to get away with their stupidity rooted in psychosis.