I know I shouldn’t do this, but occasionally I read articles from the Huffington Post. Most of the time, the articles make me laugh because it goes to show you get what you pay for. But sometimes, the HuffPo articles are thought-provoking.
In this particular case, the thoughts provoked were ones of “How in the Hell did this person get a job anywhere, let alone HuffPo, the Vox of the media?”
The writer talked at length about the online harassment American gymnast Gabby Douglas received by not putting her hand over her heart while the National Anthem played at the Olympics after her female gymnastics team took gold. Then, she compared it to the alleged lack of criticism for American swimmer Ryan Lochte for lying about being robbed at gunpoint. The cause, according to the writer? White male privilege.
I wish I were making it up.
But at least, we get a nice intro to this week’s Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week!
What the Left believes it means: an unfair advantage given mainly to whites, straight people, and males because of their race, gender, sexual preference, among other things
What it really means: another excuse for lazy Leftists to explain their failures
Leftists scapegoating others to cover up their faults? Why that’s…completely expected!
I had heard this concept being tossed about like a frisbee at a stoner convention on April 20th, but I wanted to learn more about it. Naturally, I went to a Leftist, since it was Leftists who kept using the word. Here’s how it went.
Me: What exactly is privilege?
Leftist: You should know. You’re a white male.
Me: That’s true. And devastatingly handsome, too.
Leftist: You got me there. (Editor’s Note: The Leftist didn’t actually say this.)
Me: So, I have privilege because I’m a white male.
Me: Can you show me an example of this privilege?
Leftist: It’s not my job to educate you.
Me: So, you can’t show me where I have privilege?
Leftist: Get away from me, you cisgender white male asshole! (Editor’s Note: The Leftist actually said this.)
So, apparently privilege is like Bigfoot: only a fraction of people see it, and those who do swear it exists. Actually, I take that back. There is more proof Bigfoot exists.
Yet, no matter how many times someone questions the existence of privilege, it seems more people want to believe they have it. And the funny thing is the people who tell us we have privilege don’t know us from Adam. Unless, of course, they know an Adam, then it all kinda goes to Hell. Either way, we need to do a better job in challenging the concept at its core. And here’s how you do it.
Mock the hell out of it.
Seriously, how can someone who doesn’t even know you tell you what breaks you’ve gotten in life? And to say you have privilege because you don’t see it is like saying you’re eligible to be President without having done anything worthy of it. Of course, we would never let that happen, right?
But here’s the thing that gets me more than the absurdity of the concept. It’s who is being targeted as having privilege. Whites? Yep. Males? Uh huh. Straights? Bingo. Now, what would happen if someone like me would target, say…oh, I don’t know…Raven Simone of “The Spew”…I mean “The View”? I would be called racist, sexist, and homophobic.
See where I’m going with this, kids? The concept of privilege is…racist, sexist, and even homophobic in some cases, but more often than not it’s heterophobic. (I know it’s not really a word, but I figure if the Left can make up words, so can I.)
The way the Left sees success (or privilege, if you will) is the same way it sees economics: as a zero-sum game. They believe there is a finite amount of success, and if someone has it, it’s at the expense of someone else. Of course, this isn’t the case. The fact Joe Biden is Vice President doesn’t mean I can’t be successful. If anything, the fact Joe Biden is Vice President makes me more successful…at making jokes at Joe Biden’s expense.
So, if there isn’t a finite amount of success in the world, why should you feel bad about what you’ve earned? The short answer is you shouldn’t, and you shouldn’t let people who don’t know you make you feel bad about it. I mean, they’re racist, sexist, and heterophobic. How valid can their opinions be?