Alright, I haven't read the rest of the conversation. I just want to post my own thoughts on this. People always say because someone is white and male, they're obviously privileged and got a lot of things without having to do anything for them.
I am a white male.
My parents made sure I ate and was clothed, even if it was hand-me-downs and very basic, home cooked meals. My parents both grew up in poverty and have remained in debt for the entirety of their married life (I think they're almost out of it now, after thirty four years). There were five children in my family, with me being the fourth. I was told that if I wanted anything in life, I had to work for it. My grades were expected to be high, and I was expected to go to college. I didn't have a tutor, because they didn't have the money and studying does wonders (not that I did it that much). I wasn't given money to spend on my own. If I wanted food at home, I had to work the land and the house. If I wanted money from the parents, I had to go do jobs for my dad's business from a young age.
When I went to college, I had never held a job outside my dad's business, in which I'd never been on payroll. I got my first job at a Taco Bell where I knew no one so I could pay for my second semester. By this time my older three siblings had left home and I couldn't get grants. I got only unsubsidized loans, which I refused to take at first. I paid that first semester out of my own pocket, with money I'd saved for the entirety of my time in high school doing odd jobs and working for my dad.
One day, I went to the financial aid office to ask about some help for my second semester. While in there I said, "Hello ma'am. I've paid for this first semester out of pocket, and all I qualify for is these loans. I can't make the payments on them with this interest rate. I've saved up money from a half time job this semester, but I need another two thousand dollars to make tuition for next semester. Is there any way I could get a lower-interest loan or a grant in that amount?" Her answer was "No. If you can't pay for the semester, you'll be kicked out. Have the money". Tuition, by the way, was at most ten thousand a semester. That's the most expensive housing and meal plans, along with the highest allowed course load. As I was leaving, a black man walked in and said "Bitch, I need $22,000." To this, instead of being offended or asking the man any details, asked for his student ID and said "We'll get that for you, sir."
As I was applying for college, fully two thirds of the scholarships I otherwise qualified for had requirements that I be a different race or gender or sexual orientation. I would like to posit that, at least where I'm from, white people are at a disadvantage. I graduated number seven in my class in high school, but at college I had to drop out and go military because I could not get good enough jobs to pay for school, and the financial aid office refused to help me.
In the late eighties and early nineties, my father was attempting to get a business off the ground. This was the same tiny one that I worked at for most of my life. He'd had big dreams to make it his only source of income, but because of what I've got to tell you here, he never was able to make it. He needed a bit of help to get started and make it what he wanted. He called the SBA several times a year for a couple of years, until the phone receptionists got to know his name. Finally, after being denied yet another time, he asked why they wouldn't give him a loan. It wasn't large, smaller than the maximum his credit would allow, and he had a good business plan with customers and a modest revenue, including a growth plan. However, to answer his question he was told "You're white. You'll never get help from us. Quit calling." And like that, they hung up on him.
Let me stress the fact that neither of my parents nor myself nor my siblings have never been given money, cars, jobs, connections to jobs, houses, or any other thing that would set us ahead of others in life. All we got was a place to sleep and eat, and a requirement (not encouragement) that we pay our own way, blaze our own trail, and go far in life. So fuck that. You can't tell me that because I look like other people that are privileged I am too. You can't even tell me that all of us on track to retire early are privileged, because I am. And, just so you know, I've never made more than $22,000 a year, and that was only one year. The rest of the time has been less than $11,000. I am not privileged. And neither are a lot of others. If you work hard and make smart decisions, you can retire early and rich, despite the media and your presuppositions.