Elon Musk’s Response to Being Accused of White Privilege

Elon Musk, one of the wealthiest men on earth is not new to controversy. In a recent interview with Don Lemon, Elon argued that people should stop talking about racism for it to go away. In his opinion, people should focus more on the future than the past.

Elon Musk is among the wealthiest people in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$190 billion as of March 2024, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, and $195 billion, according to Forbes, primarily from his ownership stakes in Tesla and SpaceX. He is the founder, chairman, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX, angel investor, CEO, product architect, and former chairman of Tesla, Inc., among other companies.

 

If we keep talking about [racism] non-stop, it will never go away. If we keep making it the central thing, it will never go away,” the billionaire said. “We want to get away from making everything a race or a gender or whatever issue and just treat people like individuals.”

Elon thinks everyone should be treated as individuals instead of being encouraged to see themselves as victims. He also believes everyone was enslaved at some point; the issue is just in timelines.

If you study history broadly, everyone was a slave,” Musk told Lemon. “We are all descended from slaves, and it’s just a question of when: was it more recent or less recent?

During the interview, Don Lemon Attributes Musk’s success to the color of his skin. In response, Elon thinks that the issue of skin color and race will go away if people stop talking about it. He also feels that people should refrain from making everything about race or gender.

Society blames a lot of things on racism. Trying to make everything a race issue is divisive and corrosive to society.”

Musk finds that to be unfair, although he didn’t specify who it’s unfair toward—presumably white men. “We should not make this a constant subject. We need to move on.”