Thursday, July 28, 2016

A quick note about privilege theory and niceness

Just made this comment in a discussion with an online friend who was talking about a nice white person who is obsessed with privilege and who hardly knows any black people:
What's sad is the nicest people are more susceptible to privilege theory because it preys on their feelings, and especially on their guilt about their privileges
I didn't add that, like going to confession, promoting privilege theory makes them feel better without actually helping anyone.

And, yes, in my experience, white privilege theorists have few black friends and those black friends usually have gone to the schools for the elite.

I did touch briefly on niceness and identitarianism in Unpacking “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack".

Monday, July 25, 2016

Today's leftist critique of identitarianism: What Is the Left? | Jacobin

From What Is the Left? | Jacobin:
A Latino and an Asian American crafted the Bush torture memos, which were then carried forward by the nation’s first Black president. The diversity at hand makes the waterboarding no less painful for those detained in Guantanamo’s dungeons.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bayard Rustin rejects identitarianism

"My activism did not spring from my being gay, or for that matter, from my being black. Rather it is rooted, fundamentally, in my Quaker upbringing and the values that were instilled in me by my grandparents who reared me. Those values are based on the concept of a single human family and the belief that all members of that family are equal." —Bayard Rustin