May 19, 2015

"No, I will not check my privilege"

Lauren SouthernArchive

"White privilege" is a term we hear more and more. Where does it come from, and what does it really mean?

"Check your privilege" and "Educate yourself" are empty terms that progressives use to try to silence their opponents.

Progressives think they are "making the world a better place" by constantly reducing everything to matters of race and sex.

But I explain why this worldview actually makes society worse, and becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

What do you think? Tell me in the comments!



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commented 2015-05-20 09:24:02 -0400
Bravo for completely ignoring statistics. This is an absolutely absurd argument that could only come from someone of privilege. I may have taken this seriously if it had come from a minority demographic, but REALLY? Lets eliminate Gay Pride and Feminism while we’re at it, because if women and homos just worked harder, there would be no discrimination.
commented 2015-05-20 08:54:59 -0400
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote” Ben Franklin
commented 2015-05-20 08:12:54 -0400
Wait a minute!…there in only ONE human race…where do we get the idea of various races…this is contrary to the facts of biology…our skin colours do not make us different races…our gender does not make us different races…

“God …hath made … of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, " OF ONE BLOOD…(Acts 17:21-31 for those who want to know)

Get it? We were all made of one blood (science corroborates this) …there is only one human race…so why do people insist on these self-imposed divisions if not to manipulate and control others? And WHY DO WE CAPITULATE TO THESE IDEAS?

Note: people of all classes use this race card…disadvantaged people use it to build guilt in the more powerful and more powerful people use it to enforce their positions of authority over the disadvantaged as well…we are all guilty of using race to our advantage to gain sympathy, invoke blame and shame, and provoke guilt…the buck stops with all of us.

In the end, the problem is that there aren’t enough ‘pies’ for all to succeed..so WHY DON’T WE MAKE MOREPIES” instead of quarreling over one pie? I believe that a government that enables us to create more opportunity is the solution…rather than stifling production by allowing high production costs, unionizing and preventing competition. Open the gates of production, opportunity and complexity and the race card just might go away.
commented 2015-05-19 23:04:40 -0400
We believe ya Marshal P.
commented 2015-05-19 19:42:01 -0400
Pat Anjali, I love the Eagles
commented 2015-05-19 18:28:50 -0400
A number of years back I applied at a pop and beer can making factory. Not my dream job but the wages weren’t easy to sneeze at. A message was relayed to me from a buddy who worked there the employer said h would have hired me if I was any race other than white as the government had just passed a law saying employers had to hire a certain percentage of ethnic workers. I applied again sometime later and this time the message was sent to me that I would have been hired if I was a woman. As someone who has always been against discrimination this was kind of a grotesque message to be receiving and I do have to wonder bout something else. During my time doing some courier work I had the opportunity to visit many different businesses many of them employing mainly ethnic staff in some cases all Chinese women. Do the sexist and racist laws only apply against hiring whites or men? At times I sill visit government job banks and still see instructions on applying for some jobs in that they tell you to state which minority group you belong to. How is it that the government whose own job standards state there will be no prejudice against race, sex, religion etc. are the worst offenders of these “standards”. Why has this never been challenged in court. I do not discount in times past and in cases still today racism and sexism has prevented women and ethnic people from being hired but replacing one form of bigotry with another is never an improvement.
commented 2015-05-19 15:53:13 -0400
Interesting story that happened at my gym 2 weeks ago. There are a group of us – all walks of life, all ages (~20 to 70) and we were working out and talking. The topic of the day was languages (not sure how that started) and I said “those people that only speak English do not realize how linguistically poor English is – you cannot speak with deference, respect, softness or harshness by manipulating words and endings” (please, no offense to uni lingual Anglophones). The guys around me generally agreed (those who speak Portuguese, Spanish, French, Tagalog etc.) Then I was asked what languages I speak (the guy was a younger guy – East Indian heritage) I joked around and said “I can get myself into trouble in a half-dozen languages” – a few laughs. He pressed me and I said I speak Serbian and Croatian (essentially the same languages) with English fluently. He said “oh, Serbian, huh? You a warrior, you can handle yourself in a gun fight”. That is when I lost it and told him that he is WAY off line. I was born here, I never held a gun in my life and if I was ANY OTHER COLOUR other than white, he WOULD NEVER say something like that. Anyway – he apologized and I accepted – but the other guys that witnessed the awkward exchange approached me after wards and said that it was the first time they witnessed a white person stand up for himself.
All I want is equality, folks – that includes treating ALL people the same and not whites as easy pickings for abuse and nastiness. I hope I am not alone.
commented 2015-05-19 15:30:08 -0400
Hmm….Racism: Based on the definition provided in the commentary, one could interpret and argue Islam is racist. Lethal discrimination of anyone who is not Muslim or shares the beliefs of the Islamists. B.T.W. Martin Luther King had it right. That should be the ONLY judgement.
commented 2015-05-19 15:07:49 -0400
Racism and sexism are only issues where there is a white majority…that is because Caucasian males are the only ones masochistic enough to feel guilty about it….anywhere in the world where there is no significant population of white men…racism and sexism is considered normal….count it a privilege to live among them………:-)
commented 2015-05-19 14:43:39 -0400
please ignore my previous post. Thought it was a completely different article than it was. Thought it was another writer.
commented 2015-05-19 14:01:50 -0400
Don’t give this “journalist” any more press. She’s just out looking for controversy. Only reason she has a job at all is she’s a female. Talk about privilege.
commented 2015-05-19 13:14:41 -0400
Let me see – I have the privilege of paying taxes. I have the privilege of being refused a job because the company wanted more “diversity”. I have the privilege of being told that because I am not bilingual I cannot work for the federal government.

All in all I struggle every day.

We have the Black TV awards, the muslim associations, and the beat goes on.

If I were to start a white only association I would be called a racist.

So – I will continue to work as hard as I can as I am self employed. I will continue to pay my taxes and be told to shut up.

We are always told that CPP could go bankrupt. No one seems to worry about welfare going bankrupt (yeah different budgets but same pot – the tax payer)

I will continue to be told I am a bad person.

In the end this continent and Australia were mostly built by European settlers. Nearly every other continent has been around for thousands of years and are failing. I am certain you can blame that on the white folks as well.

Look to South America, Africa and most parts of Asia and ask yourself – “Would I want to live there?”

Never forget – you can only be racist if you are white – all others claim victim status.

Privilege?

“Please Sir, may I have more?”
commented 2015-05-19 12:59:47 -0400
The only “privilege” I have, is as a result of my own efforts and desires being fulfilled. The far left activists can bite me! They are merely jealous of the fact that I have what they never can have. A drive to succeed, and a willingness to do what it takes to achieve that goal. They on the other hand, merely blame others for the rotten living situation they are in, and wallow in the world of victimhood. Like all socialists, they wish to tear down those that succeed, in order to feel better about themselves.
commented 2015-05-19 12:47:14 -0400
“Victim of this, victim of that. Your momma’s too thin; your daddy’s too fat. Get over it.”
commented 2015-05-19 12:26:00 -0400
@chad Kameda – Sorry to hear about your difficulties. Unfortunately you are experiencing the reality faced by males with a light complexion. The best advice I have is figure out how to get around people with influence in the area of employment you are seeking. I have been told in the past that I need not apply for Government Positions because I was “not in the correct demographic” for the applicants being sought (a PC term for we are not hiring white males). Recently I was told by a respected HR recruiter that if I want to get a job, I will have to “rub elbows” with influential people in my industry … even with 20 years experience and multiple promotions to the highest available level at my previous job. At least they can not tell you you are over qualified as an excuse to hire someone incompetent but in the demographic they need to fill.
commented 2015-05-19 12:23:15 -0400
You are so RIGHT ON, Lauren – YAAAY!!!!!!!
commented 2015-05-19 12:10:53 -0400
Excellent article. Having lived where I was a visible minority and was still treated as if I was privileged while being discriminated against, was a big eye opener for me. It had not occurred to me that someone with a different color of skin, a different religion, a different gender or sexuality was better or worse than I was. I knew bigots but just thought they were ignorant people until I experienced racism against myself then I realized it was a very deep emotional character trait. I have had people tell me to “Check my Privilege” and did not have a good response until now. Thank you for this article.
commented 2015-05-19 11:49:02 -0400
Good article. May I add that these racist slurs are not spontaneous cultural sayings. They are well thought out psychological warfare slurs, not unlike the “N” word, to silence conservative voices. And it is working like a charm. Our enemies are using the Machiavellien “divide and conquer” tactics, stirring up social revolution, with the help of the Democrat/Liberal controlled media and colleges. We need to regain Republican/Conservative control over our media and schools. We have to stop government funding or leftist institutions and start supporting conservative political action groups on campuses. This is WAR.
commented 2015-05-19 11:37:24 -0400
As the ‘endemic of racism and homophobia’ narrative is still being perpetuated, just a quick point about electing a black president in the USA and an openly gay woman as premier of Ontario. You think if this narrative was correct neither would be possible.
commented 2015-05-19 11:29:24 -0400
Nathan Wilson, you are a racist anti-Semite. There is a reason that those jobs are given to ‘Tojo’ and ‘the dirty jews’ ( I use terms you would recognize and with apologies to my Asian and Jewish friends) and that is because they are better educated, better workers and more reliable than Blacks. ( time for you to ‘check the facts). And there is only one reason for that. Popular Black culture ridicules any scholastic achievement, any corporate or social achievement and labels any member of their ethnic group who manages to climb the ladder of success as being an ’Uncle Tom’ or ‘too white’. If Blacks are to escape this deadly trap they are going to have to embrace the full meaning of ‘Black Lives Matter’. They matter in ALL facets of life, not just on the protest line.
commented 2015-05-19 11:04:55 -0400
I will add to my prior comment, this racism is being used in our courts to beat up men, the most common of course, is divorce. The whole reason women always win is ‘cause men are privileged, and giving women custody, puts them in charge and takes dad’s money (remember, at the end of the day, it’s all about money and power). The Attorney Gen’s office is run by radical feminists and radical lefty’s (best pals). In fact, sole custody has been illegal in Canada since April 17, 1985, when the Human Rights Act came into effect. This Act forces “shared parenting”, but the those in charge decided to simply ignore it, saying “the Act doesn’t apply”. I confirmed all this first hand in front of Judge Waldman a few years back.
commented 2015-05-19 10:56:25 -0400
Hey Nathan – Good rewrite of history and realities – I discriminate every day – I refuse to be near people with stinky feet of foul breath or insane politics, or nutty ideas or eternal whiners – but that isn’t privilege – it’s a right to associate.
commented 2015-05-19 10:33:15 -0400
As a conservative heterosexual Anglo male, I have to say that I generally agree with what she is saying, however she is a bit off and generalizing and that is just as bad as what they are doing. Blacks ARE legally discriminated against. So are Native Americans. Let’s be honest. Instead of demonizing those two groups, we as Whites can work with them to counter all of this negativity stemming from the “left” (aka Jews, Asians, “homosexuals”, and “feminists”). I generally agree with her BUT Black Americans are legally discriminated against. Check out red summer, residential discrimination, cointel pro, etc. I generally agree with everything she is saying esp regarding gender, sexuality, Asians, etc but what she is saying is not true about Black Americans. Government policies have existed and still exist today running counter to their progress. Institutional discrimination is very real for them. Not many examples of successful Blacks, Blacks more than white women and men, but get paid less. Also, I believe we confuse white gentile privilege, with Jewish privilege. I think what she says is very true about sexuality, gender, and Asian immigrants. The heterosexual White class has been under attack for awhile, look up Michael Milken and his role destroying White American industry.

She did not mention the largest group of illegal and legal immigrants in the United States the Asians. No mention of Jewish control of American corporations and institutions. Where it matters, in the work place, the universities, and the government, we are losing representation, not to Blacks, not to Native Americans, but to Jews and Whites that only want to further their OWN personal gain. We are told that this is “liberalism”, that that is progressive. B.S.

And for the record, Black Americans (despite having been here for generations and helping build this country) are barely ever hired for those jobs, those jobs are usually given to Asians. Look up the statistics. We encourage the concept of model minorities for Asians and Jews, yet Asians are unhappy in Asia, and Jews don’t care about anyone but themselves.

When this nation was controlled by Anglos with minimum disruption from other ethnic Whites (whom often sided with the left) we had more opportunities, we were competing, and we were able to provide more opportunities to minorities.
commented 2015-05-19 10:15:25 -0400
I’ve no “privilege” to “check”. If I was indeed endowed with the “privilege” the cultural Marxists say I am, I would be lounging on a warm white sand beach, drinking cold rum cocktails thousands of miles away from the closest race-obsessed PC zombie.
Unfortunately, I am not privileged enough to escape the social degeneration these mentally defective neo-coms are spreading and when or if I am confronted by some intellectual garden slug demanding I Check my privilege, my only answer will be that I recommend he check his dental coverage.
commented 2015-05-19 10:14:47 -0400
am a white male, and I have done as much of everything society has asked me to do in order to get work, and move myself up in life. I went to school, got my complete high school, did the volunteer hours, built my resume, and tried to get a job. An entry level job to be sure, so retail, cashier, fast food, hotel desk clerk, you know the jobs. I was attempting to save money to go to college without using the government system to get a loan.

Society taught me that I could do such a thing, and then proceeded to only give me part time work in my home town. So I left my home town, and proceeded to try again, but I’m starting to get old, I need to start thinking of entering a career, so reluctantly, I took a student loan, and went to college. I got good grades, my skills were certainly good enough, but then I found out the career I wanted to enter had become flooded, but my marks and skills are really good, so I should be hired right?

Wrong!

I am a white male, living off my brother, I’m going to try and expand my skill set by going back to college, but if I can’t get in on the fall semester, I’ll be homeless, because I can’t keep living off my brother forever when he needs to live his own life as well.

Check my privilege? What privilege? I’m likely to become homeless while trying to follow society’s rules!
commented 2015-05-19 09:58:01 -0400
Clearly and concisely spelled out Lauren, good job! Lots of great comments on here too! Part way through this video on the same subject, on The Agenda, all the minorities have no problem, quite literally, pointing their fingers at the White guys as “privileged” (you gotta love Karen). http://tvo.org/video/212853/check-your-privilege. Here’s another show they did on it the same week. http://tvo.org/video/212819/left-political-correctness (you gotta love Akaash). I need to go back and find this other video, it was on education, end of last summer I think, and what was revealed was quite startling!! The schools have a special program for White males only, trying to breed out of them their “natural desire” to rape and to understand their privilege doesn’t give them the right to do whatever they want. I think this is what David Murrel (below me) is talking about.
commented 2015-05-19 09:18:22 -0400
Well I’m a white woman and I certainly haven’t seen this white privilege garbage. The problem is, letting so called educated people tell you what to think and believe. I would call this lie, “imposed privilege” by those who like to twist the truth to prove their point. And their point is for you to buy into the racist trash they are spewing, in order to take your guilt money from you. Well I’m not guilty and hence no guilt money for the greedy liars, and deceivers of humanity.
commented 2015-05-19 09:18:13 -0400
As a magistrate who is about to take away somebody’s drivers licence would say “driving is a privilege not a right”. So the next time you are an oppressed minority pedestrian and some white male racist sexist homophobe in a CO2 emitting car splashes water on you from a puddle…you can either holler CHECK YOUR PRIVILEGE or be wearing suitable rain gear.
commented 2015-05-19 09:06:06 -0400
I appreciate Lauren Southern’s point of view here, but she is much too polite. She gives her main points well, but misses the big picture. The big picture is one of institutionalized racism, within left-wing circles. Left-wing institutions — like the Ontario Institute for the Study of Education (OISE) — formulize the terms like “culture of whiteness”, “white privilege”, etc. in order to spread anti-white prejudice. Prejudice is a precursor to discrimination. What these left-wing institutions want to do is to construct a body “academic research” formulizing prejudice, in order to start a system of discrimination, in this case discriminating against whites.
One problem, of course, is that prejudiced people are not exactly the brightest lights in the world. (Look at photos of Ku Klux Klan rallies, early Nazi rallies, or Islamo-fascist demonstrations today). Similarly, sociology courses teaching anti-white bigotry do not attract the sharpest of minds. Racism of any type is bad. What Ms. Southern is speaking against is racism, pure and simple. — David Murrell, Fredericton, NB dmurrell@unb.ca