"Sometimes my world-view paints a picture that we can all have the American dream if we work hard enough. Intellectually, I know that's not true."
There was a time when the vast majority of people in our country (and those migrating in) believed it was in fact true. E pluribus unum. Then more sinister political forces (blowing in from the left) convinced people it wasn't true, which is the true cause of the polarization and division you see in this country.
You lost me at white privilege.
So ignorance is bliss, after all.