A student at the University of Minnesota posted photos of a “White Privilege Checklist” that suddenly materialized in his residence hall last week, invoking strong reactions from Reddit and other social media sites.
The student, Evan Christenson, told Campus Reform that while he still thinks of himself as a liberal, the recent trend towards emphasizing white guilt had left him feeling cynical about the movement.
“I still consider myself a social progressive but I am quite frankly appalled by the double standard applied to free speech as of late,” he said.
The checklist is a tour-de-force of the newest left-wing craze; through reading the 11 points on the list, students can more easily identify white privilege in themselves and others. If the statements apply to you, rest assured that you’re enjoying the benefits of being white in America. Statements like:
“I can arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.”
“I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.”
Or, if those aren’t serious enough to make you rethink everything you know about racism in the U.S., try out this one:
“I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented.”
Well, first off: You may indeed have some sort of class privilege if you’re able to easily find a “music shop” in your area at all, although it may have less to do with your race and more to do with your time machine. Second, are they really trying to insinuate that blacks cannot find “the music of their race” sold in stores? Really?
“I believe it crosses the line. When it attacks the individual and not the idea, there is a problem,” Christenson said of the board. “I am not inherently racist because I don’t believe in white privilege. I believe there needs to be dialogue on the subject but it needs to be more of a give and take and not a one-sided affair.”
Christenson should be commended for being able to rise above the nonsense, but he still has much to learn about the ways of the Left. These people have no interest in a “dialogue,” for as much as they love to use that term. They have no interest in hearing the other side of the story. They already know that side of the story, and they’ve deemed it to be awash in white supremacy. They’ve deemed it “wrong,” in all senses of the word.
Their goal is not to “un-demonize” minorities in the eyes of whites, it is to demonize whites in the eyes of everyone – including young whites. They are the new American racists, and they are every bit as harmful to this country as the old ones were.