‘White Privilege’: Widely Held Belief That’s Untrue or Meaningless; Daily Wire

A pillar of contemporary leftism is the notion of “white privilege.” Given that a generation of high school and college students are being taught that a great number of “unearned privileges” accrue to white Americans — the charge of white privilege demands rational inquiry. — Dennis Prager in the Daily Wire

Read the article here: PRAGER: ‘White Privilege’: Part II in a Series of Widely Held Beliefs That Are Either Untrue or Meaningless

White Privilege

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  1. I had high hopes for this piece. I agree mostly with the headline, that the term “white privilege” is so broad and vague that it’s essentially meaningless. I also agree that it’s a divisive term and long overdue for some thoughtful deconstruction. But the second half of this article is a real disappointment, a bunch of warmed over right-wing moralizing and complaints about “the left,” easily as vague and meaningless a label as “white privilege.” Sigh.

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  2. I’ve been thinking about the best way to respond to your comment. All I can think of is how “vague and meaningless” are the thoughts expressed by those on the left that attribute every problem in the black communities to the epigentic and political effects of slavery and Jim Crow. I think there’s truth in both ideas, but we tend to close off to the other side.

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  3. Not sure what you’re getting at here. What “other side?” Most people who care about systemic racism and think that it is the major cause of oppression in the black community don’t have any connection to Marx or Marxism. The second half of the article is so full of unsubstantiated assertions that it barely makes sense, at least to me. e.g. “The political goal is to ensure that blacks continue to view America as racist.” That’s his opinion, but there’s nothing there on which to create a rational argument, or to rebut one.

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  4. By the “other side,” I was referring to the right-wingers who do the warmed over moralizing and complaining you refer to. It seems clear to me that maintaining the belief that America is racist benefits the political ideology (liberal) and the political party (Democratic) that advocate more government action to combat the racism. That in itself is a rational argument that doesn’t need more explanation.

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  5. I find this to be an interesting juxtaposition. First:
    “I think there’s truth in both ideas, but we tend to close off to the other side.”
    Followed immediately by:
    “By the “other side,” I was referring to the right-wingers who do the warmed over moralizing and complaining you refer to.”
    It seems to me that referring to “right wingers” and decrying their “warmed over moralizing and complaining” is, in fact, a great way to “close off to the other side.”
    Are you interested in our point of view, or not ?

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      1. Oh, I don’t mind being referred to as “the other side” at all. But I thought “right-wingers” and “warmed over moralizing and complaining” were so disparaging that they indicated you have no interest in, or respect for, the other side.

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      2. Again, I was paraphrasing the comments used by the woman I was in a dialogue with. The point I was making is that both liberals and conservatives have phrases to dismiss the arguments of the other side without considering the degree of truth in them.

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