Check Your Privilege

check-mark-white-mdThere is a new word by leftist for “success”  it is “privilege.” Accomplishments do not come from hard work but from some magical process related to where your great-great-great……grandparent came from.  This “privilege” is actually a consequence of hard work and sacrifice.

Jewish Americans income is approximately twice that of non-Jewish Americans. About 40 percent of high-school graduates attend college, however the rate among Jews is 85 percent. Is this a “Jewish privilege”? The success is the great emphasis placed on education by Jewish people.

There is a dominance of black athletes in major sports   Is it “black athletes privilege?” It is working hard to be better athletes and willing to put in the practice time necessary to excel.

Not all whites have the same opportunities, not all go to prestigious universities, belong to private clubs, or are on boards of directors of corporations.  Not everyone can succeed equally in every endeavor.  

Check your privilege” has emerged as a term by radical leftists to attack opponents and silence arguments.  If you missed it, the essay by Princeton freshman Tal Fortgang shows the folly of this phrase.

There is a phrase that floats around college campuses, Princeton being no exception, that threatens to strike down opinions without regard for their merits, but rather solely on the basis of the person that voiced them. “Check your privilege,” the saying goes, and I have been reprimanded by it several times this year. The phrase, handed down by my moral superiors, descends recklessly, like an Obama-sanctioned drone, and aims laser-like at my pinkish-peach complexion, my maleness, and the nerve I displayed in offering an opinion rooted in a personal Weltanschauung. “Check your privilege,” they tell me in a command that teeters between an imposition to actually explore how I got where I am, and a reminder that I ought to feel personally apologetic because white males seem to pull most of the strings in the world.

There have been shocking and bewildering uses of the phrase. MSNBC host Touré Nibblet tweet touting white privilege, “The power of whiteness, to family of Holocaust survivors.

Salon contributing writer Brittney Cooper tells us  “privilege” produced mass shooting perpetrator Elliot Rodger:

How many times must troubled young white men engage in these terroristic acts that make public space unsafe for everyone before we admit that white male privilege kills?

Elliot Rodger was born in London to a British father and an Indonesian mother. The parents divorced and the father married a French actress of Moroccan-French descent.  What logic makes that combination an American White male “privilege.”

Then a suspect in 3 killings is described as white with a Native American background.  That is strange.

Demonizing one particular group of people as the scapegoat for society’s ills can led to something more ominous.

Progressives Today has an illuminating 4 part series on the White Privilege Conference.

 

 

 

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