Check your privilege. Even if you don’t know you have it.
The article below is about how men should use gender neutral bathrooms. “check your privilege” as they say (try to say that without a little vomit in your mouth, I dare you). In this case the privilege being checked is male privilege though I suppose if you are a white male you would have to double check things which is always a good idea – in the bathroom anyway.
For the left it seems equality is all the rage. But make no mistake whatsoever, the kind of equality they are seeking is impossible to attain
I remember the first time I heard of the idea of “white privilege”. I admit there are few subjects more maddening to me. Not just white privilege but also male privilege.
If you haven’t heard of about it and you want to protect your brain I recommend you stop reading. Once you learn what it is, you can’t unlearn it so read on at your own risk. I mean it. You’re going to either agree with it, at which time you will discover that you are a loon, or you are going to disagree with it and find a subject to frustrate you like no other. Okay…here we go.
“White skin privilege is not something that white people necessarily do, create or enjoy on purpose. Unlike the more overt individual and institutional manifestations of racism described above, white skin privilege is a transparent preference for whiteness that saturates our society. White skin privilege serves several functions. First, it provides white people with “perks” that we do not earn and that people of color do not enjoy. Second, it creates real advantages for us. White people are immune to a lot of challenges. Finally, white privilege shapes the world in which we live — the way that we navigate and interact with one another and with the world.” (White Anti-Racist Activism: A Personal Roadmap)
There’s the first bit of madness. It’s racism that differs from other racism in that you don’t know you’re doing it. Can you begin to see what is so frustrating about this? Anyone who says they don’t benefit from white privilege is only saying that because anyone benefiting from white privilege doesn’t know they are. You can’t “know” you benefit from it but you are asked to “accept” that you do nonetheless. Sounds a lot like faith doesn’t it?
The second bit of madness is that this doesn’t just benefit white skinned people it adversely affect those with high melanin content in their skin, we’ll all them black, even though they may be brown or tan. That means if you are black and don’t get a job and a white man does it’s because he benefited from his skin and your skin put you on an unfair bias.
That’s the real basis for affirmative action.
Affirmative action is a system in which people with dark skin are given preference over those with lighter skin. The justification for this is that it’s an offset to white bias. So they offset the unintentional bias of white skin with an intentional bias for black skin. Well, that’s certainly rational. Let’s look at how that argument looks mapped out logically.
Giving people opportunities due to the color of their skin is wrong. So is denying someone an opportunity because of the color of they skin. White people are given an unfair advantage because of the color of their skin therefore we should give black people an advantage because of the color of their skin in order to be fair.
Uh huh. Here’s the break down.
- Giving people opportunities due to the color of their skin is wrong.
- Denying people opportunities due to the color of their skin is wrong.
- White people are given an advantage because of their skin.
- Therefore (that word signals that what follow is the conclusion of the argument, the point being made).
- We should give black people an advantage over white people to be fair.
It does’t take much thinking to realize the conclusion drawn actually stands in contradiction to points 1 and 2. If giving someone something and denying someone something on the basis of their skin color is wrong then it doesn’t become right suddenly when we do it intentionally for one group or the other. But that really is the logic they use.
I expect when you read the above you think something like, “the right thing to do is not have any bias on race, not even one that is pro-melanin.” and you would be right. The rational thing to think is that if we give a test for a promotion at work and the person who scores highest on that test gets the promotion then it’s based on skill, knowledge, ability. The test doesn’t know what the color of your skin is, it only knows if you answered right or not.
But tests are bias too.
Black people can’t take a white man’s test. That’s what we are told. The white man’s privilege has given him a different set of circumstances in his life. The black man doesn’t understand these circumstances and can’t take a test worded for the white man. No. Basing a promotion or entrance into college on testing is racists. Because of white privilege.
Maybe it’s good to stop for a moment and define racism. The definition I use comes from “Issues and Ethics in the Helping Processions” a text book by Corey, Corey & Callanan, eight edition where they quote another author.
“Racism is any pattern of behavior that, solely because of race or culture, denies access to opportunities or privileges to members of one racial or cultural group while perpetuating access to opportunities and privileges to members of another racial or cultural group (Ridley, 2005).”
They then add what seems to be the root of the charge of white privilege, “Racism can operate on both individual and institutional levels, and it can occur intentionally or unintentionally.” Though the definition of racism above applies to anyone and everyone. The leftists, however, only seem to focus it on white people. White people who don’t even know they are doing it. They can claim they aren’t all they want but the answer will always be that they are.
Those tests are white tests, not black tests. They are based on a pattern of behavior that favors one cultural group with white skin.
That’s the other thing about this that is so maddening. It insults black people. It says that just because they have black skin they aren’t able to learn. Even if it’s true that a test was written in white-ese I have confidence that black people are smart enough to succeed at it. Leftists don’t seem to believe that. They think that black people must be coddled. That’s how they make amends.
What’s a white person to do?
Repent! That’s right. You must repent of the sins of your fathers and give up the advantages the color of your skin gives you. Make no mistake, it’s only the color of their skin that matters to the leftist. That’s all they make their judgement on. How ironic!
Repenting is what the leftist says you must do. It isn’t what I think you must do. I think you just need to live your life and let others live their life. It is wrong to deny someone because of the color of their skin and it is wrong to benefit someone because of it. So don’t. That includes affirmative action plans.
Men have privilege too.
If you are a white male you are doubly privileged. You are likely responsible for all the woes and oppression of all people. Heaven forbid you are also a heterosexual. Toss in Christian and – poof – you’re Hitler!
Even though the wage gap has long ago been disproved the left still claims it exists. Even though it has been shown that women making different choices than men the left still says it is the fault of men that women make those choices. Somehow abortion is even the fault of men.
The only hope for men is the same as for whites, repent of your invisible sins and give up your autonomy to women who, like blacks, are weak and stupid and can’t make it on their own without you giving up a bit of your power.
A million reasons why and why not
Both sides of this debate will tell you that there are a million reasons why the other side is wrong. You will find sites posting numerous articles with titles like, “White privilege is real” and others with “Busting the myth of white privilege” and you come away shaking your head that we’re even having this conversation in the first place.
I really have just one reason. The left tells us over and again that judging someone on the basis of their skin color is wrong. I agree. It is wrong and because it is wrong they need to stop doing it. They do it all day long. They judge white people on the color of their skin lumping them all into one group of oppressors and they judge black people all day long lumping them into one group of helpless people who need lifted up.
Leftism is insulting. I really just realized how much as I wrote and pondered this. You can’t do anything on your own. You are weak, stupid, helpless. You need them because you suck. They try to make excuses for why you suck but in the end it just boils down to that. Leftists think you suck and the only way to fix that is to turn a chunk of your life over to them.
Martin Luther King said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” He meant that to be applied equally.
As a platypus I stand uniquely outside of white and black discussions. I see the entire notion as silly. From where I sit you’re all human to me.
6 Helpful Ways to Check Your Male Privilege in Gender Neutral Bathrooms – Everyday Feminism
Cis guys, your privilege can show up in all aspects of society – and yep, that includes the bathroom. So here’s how you can be a better ally to the folks you share a bathroom with.