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Most of the problems that young progressives complain about are a product of one thing: They have never experienced actual hardship. It’s easy to get worked up about Donald Trump when you’ve never experienced a President you didn’t vote for; most of them have little memory of life before Barack Obama. It’s even easier to get worked up over President Trump when you’ve never experienced an actual dictator or fascist.
I thought of this manifestation of privilege with two tweets over the course of the week. The first, from the University of Virginia:
Leftists at the University of Virginia are dictating who is and who isn’t allowed in the new Multicultural Student Center.
“Frankly there is just too many white people in here, and this is a space for people of color.”
This kind of racist intolerance is NOT multicultural. pic.twitter.com/XkefKqfqLA
— YAF (@yaf) February 12, 2020
There’s no denying that there are issues related to race in this country. It’s unlikely anyone who has actually experienced real racism would get worked up over having “too many white people” sitting inside of a student center, quietly studying.
The next is just one example of many of this phenomenon, where impolite or bad behavior is described as “abusive.”
Just so you know,
Ghosting is Emotional abuse.
Not returning calls is Emotional abuse.
Leaving ppl on read, is Emotional abuse.
If you do this, you are an abuser.
— Rihanat 🌶 (@rihanat_sona) February 10, 2020
It’s an insult to anyone who has actually been the victim of abuse, and is clearly the thinking of someone who has never endured it.
There’s a popular “germ” theory of allergies; that the kids of my generation and younger are experiencing more allergies (food and seasonal) because we aren’t exposed to enough germs. Those germs innoculate us, they give our bodies something to focus on, and when they don’t get enough, your systems go haywire, attacking everything at random. This is like that. These young people have never encountered the “dirt” in life, the nitty-gritty bad stuff. And so, they’re making mountains out of molehills and lashing out at people sitting in student centers and not calling them back. It’s easy to see their privileged lives and think “must be nice,” but in a way, I feel badly for them. The hardships in life serve a purpose and have a way of setting your priorities. When you’ve never experienced them, this is the wacky stuff that result.Published in