Ann Althouse reads Roy Edroso of the Village Voice so you don’t have to, and spots him writing:
Amy Alkon is upset that a program in a Canadian city is asking honkey citizens to “acknowledge your white privilege” as a consciousness-raising exercise. Alkon calls this a “Vile Racist Campaign Against Racism,” and seems to believe it’s going to have “children grow up thinking they’re bad people by virtue of their skin color.”
Actually, I find it useful to contemplate my white privileges, and any other privileges into which I was born, like being a citizen of the richest country on earth, and did not obtain for myself. In fact, when I was growing up, it was customary for adults to remind children of such luck as they had inherited, like the food we had and “people starving in other countries” didn’t. This was meant as a spur to gratitude and humility, and to not being such a whining little s***.
He’s reacting to a program that in which government officials are prodding adult citizens to think about how privileged they are. The analogy to a parent-child relationship comes so easily to the left-wing mind.