The Liberal Concept of Privilege Is Backwards and Hypocritical


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The Liberal Concept of Privilege Is Backwards and Hypocritical

When you look at what is decried as “privilege” on the Left, you inevitably find this kind of heavily skewed reasoning. They’re willing to take a flying leap across the Grand Canyon to grab at some extremely weak example of supposed privilege held by a group they don’t particularly like, but they can’t see an example as big as a billboard staring them right in the face.

For example, if you want to talk about “white privilege,” I would certainly agree that there are a few people at the very top of the pyramid who have life wired in a way that most of us don’t. Money practically falls into their pockets; their kids get into the best schools and they have far more opportunities to succeed than the rest of us. I’m talking about families with names like Bush, Kennedy, Clinton, Gore, Trump, Zuckerberg, Rockefeller, and Rothschild. Granted, another name that could fairly be added to that list at this point is Obama, but percentage-wise, there are fewer minorities in that exclusive club than you would expect given their percentage of the population. But, keep in mind, we’re talking about a teeny, tiny percentage of the population here. Lump in the well-connected political families, the people worth more than $50 million, and a few other people who somehow took a bite of the golden apple in their lives and you’re still talking about less than one percent of the population. When you’re talking about “white privilege” or even “male privilege” in a meaningful sense, these are the people you’re really talking about.

When you get away from those guys and get to West Virginia coal miner Joe Smith or Target assistant manager Jim Johnson, pretty much all the “privilege” worth having is gone. Sure, you can still take those flying leaps across the Grand Canyon and say that Joe and Jim benefit because there are a lot of white people on magazine covers or they were fortunate enough to hear more about successful people of their race in school, but that’s weak tea compared to privileges that the average black Americans get. For example, no one would care about Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown if they were white. If a black man and a white one get into a dispute, no one automatically assumes that the whole problem is that the black man is a racist. Nobody hires white people for the sake of “diversity” or has to go through all sorts of extra documentation to fire them out of fear of a discrimination suit. There are an awful lot of uninteresting black liberals on cable news who have nothing of value or interest to say and are only on TV because they’re willing to hurl insults and accusations of racism at white people.

You can go on and on with this, point being that if you call a particular group “privileged,” it’s worth asking, “In comparison to what?” If you’re a white or Asian kid who doesn’t get into the college of his choice while a black or Hispanic student with less impressive grades gets in because of his skin color, I think it’s fair to question who’s really privileged.