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Ed Driscoll

‘I Checked My Privilege, And It’s Doing Just Fine’

May 12th, 2014 - 2:08 pm

While Princeton freshman Tal Fortgang already did the groundwork in blowing up the latest Marxist-primitivist* meme from academic left, Kurt Schlichter deftly inserts the bayonet into its still twitching body:

This “Check your privilege” meme is the newest trump card du jour on college campuses and in other domains of progressive tyranny. It morphed into existence from the “You racist!” wolf-cry that is now so discredited that it produces little but snickers even among liberal fellow travelers. After all, if everyone is racist – and to the progressives, everyone is except themselves – then no one is really racist. And it’s kind of hard to take seriously being called “racist” by adherents of a political party that made a KKK kleagle its Senate majority leader.

So how do we deal with this idiocy?

The proper response to the privilege gambit is laughter. The super-serious zealots of progressivism hate being laughed at, but there’s really no other appropriate response outside of a stream of obscenities. The privilege game is designed to circumvent arguments based on reason and facts and evidence, so the way to win it is to defeat it on its own terms.

Call: “Check your privilege!”

Response: “What you call ‘privilege’ is just me being better than you.”

They won’t like it. It will make them angry. Good. Because tactics like “Check your privilege” are designed to make us angry, to put us off-balance, to baffle us and suck us down into a rabbit hole of leftist jargon and progressive stupidity.

Don’t follow them. Mock them. Accuse them of adhering to a transphobic cisnormative paradigm and start shrieking “Hate crime!”**

Don’t worry about not making sense. They’re college students. They are used to not understanding what people smarter than they are tell them.

Read the whole thing. And as Moe Lane quips, “I think that I may try Thanks for admitting that you’re inferior to me! as a response, on those regrettably infrequent times that I get specifically trolled.  The response might be entertaining.” Of course, as Glenn Reynolds noted when linking to Fortgang’s post, “This is an eloquent response, but ‘don’t be an asshole’ is an entirely adequate one.”

* Apologies for repeating myself there.

** Or shouting “Micro-agression!”

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Someone needs to make a video of people in other countries who have to lug water from a stream, carry cans of propane a mile or to so they can cook, eating tree bark in NoKo, going through garbage dumps to find things they can sell. Include the Hirsi Ali types who had to escape their countries. Show this to an audience of people wearing Air Jordans and Tommy Hilfiger and munching on gluten-free snacks. Then ask them onstage to check their privilege.
42 weeks ago
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"How often do you beat your slaves?"

"Your macro-aggression will get you nowhere."
42 weeks ago
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"Check your privilege" sounds like it was made up by the same idiot(s) who came up with "We are the ones we've been waiting for." It's as if they put a bunch of words in a cup, shake it up and spill it out, and if it forms something that sounds like a sentence, they all agree it means something and start using it. It's kind of like a linguistic cargo cult only not quite as intellectually advanced.
42 weeks ago
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No, I think the phrase "Check your privilege" was constructed carefully. The first word, in particular, is a euphemism for another one-syllable word, which also happens to end with the letters C and K.

I suggest acting as though your accuser did indeed say exactly that... and then respond appropriately.

On the subject of civility, by the way, there's this minor gem from Prof. Reynolds: one of the benefits of good manners is this -- they keep you from looking like a jerk when, as it turns out, you're not as clever as you thought you were.
41 weeks ago
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Call: “Check your privilege!”

Response: "Check your IQ. The one you have seems to be broken."
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