Columnist Jamelle Bouie, expressing his puzzlement at "how anyone could plausibly say that discrimination against white people is a problem in the same way that it is for minorities," posits some possible causes for what might lead young white people to this conclusion. This one jumped out at me:
"... we live in a culture where honest conversation about race is rare, especially among white people, where it’s surrounded by fear and anxiety. For many white kids, if not most, racial conversations are limited to a few units in elementary and middle school. Otherwise, they’re left to fend for themselves, which either leads to a sense of privileged obliviousness—i.e., you live and act as if this were a 'colorblind' world, despite the fact that color matters for many people—or confusion and resentment."
When the majority response to race is silence, dominant social norms and pervasive unconscious bias go unchallenged. White children experience no disturbance to a world view (often implied without being spoken) that casts them as the center of the universe, as the norm, as the definition of human. With no tools to recognize or unpack historical and systematic realities, race is perceived only in individual terms.
"Left to fend for themselves," white children grow up drawing their own conclusions. This is not good for them, or for any of us.