So I read this story about another sociology professor trying to indoctrinate students into the notion of “White Privilege.” Notice the checklist:
I don’t have time to dissect each claim, but if you read through them all, you’ll notice a common theme among many – living among the majority is considered as “privilege.” Take item # 1 and #20, for example. If we want to insist that examples like these (and #3, and #4, and #5, and #6, etc.) illustrate “White Privilege,” why be so parochial about it? Instead, think globally. Using the same logic of such items, we would say that just as there is white privilege in America, there is Asian privilege in China, Hispanic privilege in Ecuador, and Muslim privilege in Kuwait. In other words, this is really just “majority privilege” and it is kind of nonsensical to think that it is a “privilege” to be among the majority. Instead, it would just be a brute, demographic fact. And such types of facts are universal around the globe as long as any nation is made up of some ethnic majority. And since such privilege is a universal feature of our planet, why single out the USA as if there is some special problem?
As for “other types of privilege,” me thinks I need to repost one of my more popular blog entries of the year , the one about secular privilege. Maybe some college student out there might find it handy. 🙂