Problem: privileged, elite IvyLeaguers' lectures on "white privilege" aren't convincing struggling middle and lower class whites that they should feel guilty; in fact, those subgroups seem to responding to their betters with contempt.
Solution: replace "privilege" with "priority". According to this college professor, even if a low-income white person may not feel especially privileged, and thus feel no particular guilt over the plight of colored students at Yale, many of whom are being treated to full scholarships his own children would be denied, he is still a racist because he looks around at the situation and says to himself, "yeah, I may be poor, but at least I'm not colored; at least I'm not that!"
[Shannon] Sullivan, department chair of the philosophy department at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, made the comments in a recent scholarly article in “Critical Philosophy of Race.”
The piece takes issue with the term “white privilege,” with Sullivan writing that it doesn’t quite hit the mark in describing the “advantages of whiteness.” But “white priority” describes a white person’s “sense of coming before someone else,” noted Sullivan, who is white.
“As a poor, struggling white person, I might not be financially privileged or very high up in social circles and many people might disparage me, but at least I’m not the lowest of the low. I come before someone else: people of color and black people in particular,” Sullivan wrote.
So far as I can tell, Sullivan offers no proof to support her claimed knowledge about the deep, racist thoughts percolating through the minds of these minimum-wagers, but so what? As long as you can keep the sheeple feeling guilty about something, anything, you can get away with punishing them, and stroke your own sense of moral superiority while doing so.
Not too dissimilar to being scolded and lectured to about our carbon footprint by Leonardo from the helicopter deck of his yacht.
UPDATE: Reader "Hmmm" suggests adding this story: Earth's protectors Obama, Oprah, Tom Hanks and Bruce Springsteen, vacationed together this year on a 450' yacht. Presumably, they offset their carbon footprint by paddle boarding to Tahiti from the west coast.
Four of the coolest Americans alive hung out at a party in French Polynesia without the rest of us.
Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom Hanks all gathered on a 450-foot yacht off the coast of Tahiti on Monday for what we can only imagine was the coolest vacation of all time.
The famous quartet (along with former first lady Michelle Obama) boarded a luxury yacht called the Rising Sun for an island-hopping tour of French Polynesia. They went for lunch on Vanilla Island, made a stop at Le Taha’a Island, and will continue on to Bora Bora. The trip will end at The Brando, a luxury resort where Obama has stayed for the past three weeks while working on his White House memoirs.
The celebrities invited on the Obamas’ Polynesian vacation have been friends of the family for some time. At last year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony, Hanks and Springsteen were among the artists honored. At the induction, Obama said: “Part of the reason these events are so special to me is that everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful, personal way. These are folks who have helped me become who I am."
Indeed they did.