Not too long ago a blog post of mine touched on my days at USC, where a professor assigned Peggy McIntosh’s essay White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. The message was clear: You’re white. You’re racist. You don’t even know it. The system is rigged in your favor and will always be that way. For a former infantryman who had plenty of minority “battle buddies” I would have gladly died for, it was an eye-opening experience. Behind the veil of compassion covering its surface, liberalism is an ugly, depressing and angry ideology that only thrives by dividing decent people against one another.
Black vs. White. Rich vs. Poor. Man vs. Woman. Over and over again my college professors presented a bleak vision for the world, in which “the system” pitted one group against another in perpetual battle. It’s fitting, since a decade after I read McIntosh’s essay another college has used it to inspire its online campaign: Unfair: It’s hard to see racism when you’re white.
Perhaps. But it’s not hard to see stupidity if you’re smart — and this entire organization is filled with stupid, race-baiting clowns.
Unfair’s website is educational, but for all the wrong reasons:
What is racism? Racism is more than individual prejudice based on race. Racism is the power of a dominant group, through its systems and institutions, to enforce the dominant culture’s history, values, practices and beliefs. It advantages those in the dominant group and disadvantages those who are not. It results in disparities.
What is white privilege? A set of advantages that are given to people who are part of the majority and dominant group. These opportunities and privileges are often invisible.
Got that? Racism has a brand new definition that conveniently allows liberal advocates to see racism in any disparity that exists, and the “advantages” of the “dominant group” are … “invisible.”
Since the real definition of racism doesn’t work in a country where some of the most successful entertainers, athletes, businessmen and politicians (i.e., the President of the United States) happen to be black, they changed it. By making “advantages” invisible to everyone but them, it makes it impossible for critics to engage in any meaningful debate. Example: “Don’t believe Doug. He’s not making sense because he can’t even see his ‘unearned privileges.'”
Let’s destroy their logic on disparities, shall we?
If there is racism, then we will find disparity in this community. Disparities exist. Therefore, there is racism.
When I went to USC there seemed to be a huge disparity between the number of Asians who were Engineering majors compared to white students. Does that mean that someone, somewhere was building a racist system detrimental to white people? No. It may just mean that white kids weren’t serious about hard sciences and became English and Political Science majors (like me) at a higher rate. And now we get to live with student loans the rest of our lives while our Asian friends became doctors and engineers.
Why aren’t more Asian third basemen in Major League Baseball? Why aren’t there more white people behind the counter at the DMV? Why are there so many Mexicans serving me Japanese food at Benihana these days? When I was a kid they were all … Japanese. The answers: I don’t care.
I want to see the best baseball player on the field. I want to be get my drivers license renewed in a hurry. I want the “Splash and Meadow” with my steak medium-rare, and I’ll have sushi as an appetizer. Just make it well, mi amigo.
Dear Unfair Campaign,
I like the “dominant culture” of the United States, and I will fight to keep it that way. And I have no problem intellectually slapping around idiots when they get out of line.
Read a little more from the “dominant culture.” Write the Declaration of Independence on your face if you have to. Maybe you’ll learn something.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.