Annals of “check your privilege”: Bullying Jewish Princeton freshman for being white
My latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:
What exactly is “white privilege”? What does “check your privilege” mean? I’ll let Noah Rothman of Mediaite, one of the few journalists who has dared to ridicule the privilege movement, explain:
“Your privilege, which you will be reminded to ‘check’ repeatedly by those adherents to the faith, centers on the subjectively defined benefits associated with your gender, age, religion, physical appearance, full use of all or some extremities, height, race, skin tone (not to be confused with race), and sexuality. And that is a truncated list of the ever-expanding catalogue of ‘privileges’ one might wield,” Rothman writes. “First coined in 1988 by social justice activist Peggy McIntosh, the term has become a religion for a sect of politically correct college students and left-of-center bloggers.”
Publicity about the privilege movement came to a head on April 2 when Tal Fortgang, a freshman at Princeton, wrote an article for the Princeton Tory, the campus conservative newspaper, saying that he was tired of being told to “check” his “privilege” by campus progressives implying that he was enjoying special favors from society just because he was white and male. He pointed out that his grandmother was a Holocaust survivor and his grandfather had fled Poland when the Nazis invaded. The two arrived in America speaking no English and struggled to raise and send four children to college, including Fortgang’s father, who in turn worked long hours and sacrificed time with his own children to support them. “My appearance certainly doesn’t tell the whole story, and to assume that it does and that I should apologize for it is insulting,” Fortgang wrote.
Posted by Charlotte Allen