Tag: privilege

In the Face of Victim Privilege, Truth Outs Itself at the University of Minnesota

 

I don’t write all that many posts whose primary purpose is to link to another webpage and discuss, either in terms of stern outrage or drooling hagiography, what is being said elsewhere. (I suppose it’s because, in defiance of the old adage, I’d actually rather do my own copious and–I think–generally effective, barking.) On the rare occasions that I do link to such pages, it’s usually to celebrate good news (photographer in lockdown captures amazing photos of wild birds through kitchen window) or to have a robust belly-laugh at the antics of fools (Google “AOC” and start anywhere).

Once in a great while, though, one of the sites that I follow in a desultory fashion (no “push” notifications here), comes up with a gem that I think is worth sharing. Powerline threw up one such, just yesterday: Defund The Bastards.

It seems that a student at the University of Minnesota was stopped by university cops (so, not the actual Minnesota Police Department which, Lord knows, has had its own set of public relations disasters over the past few years), who were investigating an armed robbery on campus in the wee hours of February 1. The encounter with law enforcement was so horrific that this student felt compelled to tell his story on Instagram. Naturally, the brutality of the officers, and the suffering he experienced at their hands, plays a huge role in his recounting. A portion of his Instagram post follows:

The Oprah Conversation: “Racist!”

 

Let’s have a conversation about race, shall we?  Because Oprah wants us to.  Like on her new Apple TV show, “The Oprah Conversation,” the first episode of which was entitled “How To Be Anti-Racist” (because simply not being racist isn’t good enough).  But be forewarned, white people.  It is necessarily going to be a tad one-sided.  That’s because the fundamental premise of any conversation with you about race is going to be that, well, you are just . . . no . . . damn . . . good.  Alrighty?  Let’s do it then.

Let’s talk about white racism, “white privilege,” “white advantage,” the “white power structure,” “whiteness,” and “white” this and “white” that and nothing but white, white, white, until if you hear the word “white” used in a derogatory way one more time, you’re just going to . . .

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  I have often wondered about people who change their party affiliation from one to the other.  What changed their minds?  What would cause a conservative with an asserted conservative world view (less government, less taxes, more accountability) to become a tax-and-spend Democrat?  What would cause someone who viewed the government as the source of […]

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Acknowledging My Privilege

 

I was privileged to be raised by hard-working parents. They gave me the privilege of learning how to work hard alongside them. My first memory of that privilege was when I was five years old and my job, with my four-year-old sister, was to watch the baby (about 7 months so he could sit up by then) in the red wagon over by the fence away from the cows while my mother helped my two older sisters (ages 9 and 10) milk the two dozen dairy cows each evening in the summer.

By the time I was 7, I was privileged to learn how to help my sisters, instead of our mother, who had another baby to care for by then. This privilege extended to the entire year, also after school in the winter no matter how cold or snowy it was.

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Just wondering. Given that man is only an animal and moreover has the distinction of being more of a blight upon the earth than any other animal, why is there such an interest in mental health among young leftists and such a strong push to seek help for suicidal ideation? Perhaps the purpose of life […]

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A Real Face of Privilege?

 

Amidst the various assertions that many of us have “privilege” because of our race or our sex, and claims that a single photograph of a person is evidence of privilege (see Nicholas Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School), our acquaintances over at The Daily Wire report a story with a 4 minute video showing a face of someone who truly did think she could rely on the privilege she assumed she had. (Warning on the video – she uses some vulgar terminology.)

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America get a kick out of CNN commentator Areva Martin telling radio host David Webb his success is a result of white privilege – until Webb tells her he is black.  They’re also aghast as 59 percent of registered voters support a 70 percent marginal tax rate on the nation’s highest earners, including 45 percent of Republicans.  And they shake their heads as Beto O’Rourke openly wonders whether our “empire” can “still be managed by the same principles that were set down 230-plus years ago.”

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There are many memorable turns of phrase in the movie Lawrence of Arabia, and this is one of my favorites.  The Arab Prince Feisal is speaking with an American reporter about how they leave no prisoners for the Turks, because the Turks treat prisoners very badly, when by contrast the Arabs treat their prisoners well. […]

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A Safe Space Within Stereotypes

 

There would be no welcome basket or friendly note in the mailbox. No plainly dressed, well-intentioned grandmother with fresh cookies. Still, someone needed to welcome the new neighbors in person, and certainly no later than a week after their arrival.

I did not hear them knock which was probably why they opted to break-in. I was awakened by the smashed glass 15 feet from where I was sleeping.

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I am thankful for my privilege. Privilege, in the sense of “a special advantage… posessed by a particular person…” [dictionary definition]. I am thankful for having had the privilege of knowing my uncle Alan, a logging contractor who had been a B-17 bomberdier in his youth. Uncle Alan taught me grace without condemnation in his […]

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On September 27, 2016, Jordan B. Peterson, Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, posted a video to his popular YouTube channel that set off a firestorm of controversy. The video, entitled “Professor against political correctness. Part 1: Fear and the law,” was a departure from Peterson’s usual content of recorded lectures, debates, and […]

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Ahmed Mohamed took apart a digital clock, shoved the bits and pieces into a pencilcase designed to look like a briefcase, brought it to school and became a hero, lionized at the White House and offered scholarships to places like MIT. Levi Frunk took apart a phone charger to see how it works, put it […]

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Recently, I had a discussion with a few friends about how unfair it is that the wealthy can send their children to art academies.  It is so unfair that these children grow up to be advantaged.  It is so unfair that they can live their art until discovered by the public at large, simply because […]

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