White Privilege…P.C. gone berserk?
Judicial Watch has obtained documents showing the U.S. Department of the Army gave about 400 soldiers a “white privilege” briefing in April of last year.
The papers showed soldiers in the 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia was told, “our society attaches privilege to being white and male and heterosexual.”
A slide show and PowerPoint presentation were used in the instruction.
It alleged that there are unspecified “powerful forces everywhere” keeping different kinds of people from being valued, accepted, and appreciated, but “we act as if it doesn’t exist.” This alleged privilege creates a “yawning divide” in income, wealth, and dignity. The material described a mythical African woman who isn’t aware that she’s black until she comes to America, encounters “white racism” and discovers the U.S. is “organized according to race.”
Judicial Watch in the past had obtained Defense Department equal opportunity training materials depicting conservative organizations as “hate groups”.
The president of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton called the indoctrination “outrageous.”
“The Obama administration undermines the morale of our military with morally repugnant ‘equal opportunity training’ that makes many soldiers feel unwelcome because they are the wrong sex, race, religion or aren’t part of a politically correct group,” he said.
Mr. Fitton is spot on target with his assessment. As far as we at The Contemplative Thinker are concerned we feel there is nothing worth even addressing. “We feel and see all of the signals of this nations discrimination laws way back into the 1950s and earlier” a source wishing to remain anonymous told us.
When looking up this notion of “white privilege” we find:
White privilege (or white skin privilege) is a term for societal privileges that benefit people identified as white in Western countries, beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances. Academic perspectives such as critical race theory and whiteness studies use the concept of “white privilege” to analyze how racism and racialized societies affect the lives of white or white-skinned people.
According to Peggy McIntosh, whites in Western societies enjoy advantages that non-whites do not experience, as “an invisible package of unearned assets”. White privilege denotes both obvious and less obvious passive advantages that white people may not recognize they have, which distinguishes it from overt bias or prejudice. These include cultural affirmations of one’s own worth; presumed greater social status; and freedom to move, buy, work, play, and speak freely. The effects can be seen in professional, educational, and personal contexts. The concept of white privilege also implies the right to assume the universality of one’s own experiences, marking others as different or exceptional while perceiving oneself as normal.
Cory Weinburg, writing for Inside Higher Ed, has stated that the concept of white privilege is frequently misinterpreted by non-academics because it is an academic concept that has been recently been brought into the mainstream. Academics interviewed by Weinburg, who have been otherwise studying white privilege undisturbed for decades, have been taken aback with the seemingly-sudden hostility from right-wing critics since 2014.
Plainly it is one of education’s theories predicated upon the paragraph above. There is no heartened evidence to support this addition to the ranks of political correctness or anything that could be mildly construed as discriminatory.