(I will be using very general terms)
On "White Male Privilege"
According to gender-studies, social justice and the pomp of conventional academe, if you are typically male and/or typically light skinned, you have
certain privileges built into the societal structures of our dear dear civilization. Your whiteness and your maleness afford you advantages in the
realm of society that non-maleness and non-whiteness are supposedly unable to acquire—not because of some inability mind you, but because the
privileges they want have already been handed out long ago, to…well…you and people who look like you. By the simple and radical act of existing,
you oppress others.
Such a notion is ridiculous. Hell, it’s oppressive. The insinuation that one is born with certain advantages based on the color of his skin and/or
the genitalia he keeps, are by definition sexist and racist. One cannot be born with privilege anymore than one can be born with a trophy in his hand.
Privilege is always granted, and it needs to be granted from living beings to other living beings.
Nonetheless, the notion of white male privilege is tossed about so often, and so haphazardly, that despite its sexist and racist implications, it is
found in the contradictory mouths and lips of those who think they are opposing sexism and racism. But as we know, many governments and institutions
employ “positive discrimination” or “affirmative action”, which is mere euphemism for racism and sexism, given that they exclude entire races
and entire genders on principle.
For example,according to a coalition representing Asian
, many kids are excluded entry into Harvard because of their ethnicity, even though Asian applicants have the highest test
scores and take their schooling more seriously on average. Harvard holds “diversity” to a higher regard than achievement, which in practice means
full-blown racism. Forced diversity for the purpose of “representing” other ethnicities, no matter the individual merit, is a racist obscenity. It
is robbery. It is dehumanizing to both the victim and the beneficiary. But I suppose these students should shut up and check their privilege. This
case has since been dismissed.
Yes, “check” your privilege. This is the go to instruction that the privileged must follow, lest we end up on the end of their pitchforks. What I
think this means is to get out of the way and shut up; your voice, your body, and your very presence is oppressive to other’s bodies and voices.
You’ll notice the irony here. Of course, you might wonder what it is they are talking about when they order your to check your privilege, because as
you check and search around your person for such advantages, what won’t you find?
If you have read Peggy McIntosh’s list of
, and rummaged around
her “invisible knapsack” (invisible because it doesn’t exist), you might have also noticed the fallacy. Obviously she provides no evidence
outside of her personal anecdotes and experience, which is interpreted through the lens, assumptions, and nomenclature of gender studies and her own
In her examples, she imagines herself in areas and situations where she is a visible majority, but refuses to imagine herself in situations where she
is a visible minority, as to do so would refute her premise. According to her, the reasons why men and whites do not acknowledge their privilege is
because they are taught not to, likely by the patriarchy, but not of course because McIntosh has utterly failed at proving anything. In other words,
whites and men are programmed, because they couldn’t possibly be capable of forming their own valid opinions. White men are automata, while others
like herself are able to hack out of their programming in some way to reach these conclusions. She has assumed what she has yet to prove, and expect
others to assume the same, which, sadly, they often do. Either way, the thesis that one oppresses others on account of his simply existing, is one so
racist and sexist and dehumanizing as to require more nonsense and self-loathing to merely keep it afloat.
For instance, her paper fails to mention a fundamental aspect of privilege. Where does this privilege come from? Which white monocled aristocrat is
handing out gift-bags of privilege to every white male newborn leaving the hospital? Isn’t he the one we should be silencing?
If the reader is able, imagine a person granting privilege, power and supremacy on account of skin color and gender as opposed to individual merit,
and you will be imagining a racist sexist. And this is exactly why McIntosh refused to acknowledge whom this divine purveyor of privilege was. It was
her this whole time.
Thank you for reading,