Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong generation. The slang (on fleek anyone?), the political views, and the entitled behavior is enough to make you shake your head in wonder. But the worst part of it is being told to check your privilege by a college kid (or more infuriating, a high school kid) sipping a Starbucks drink with their nose in the air.
“Check your privilege” was coined by Peggy MacIntosh, a former women’s studies scholar whose, according to the Atlantic, 1988 paper on white privilege and male privilege took “privilege” mainstream. They state that, “Privilege is…the idea that society grants unearned rewards to certain people based on their race, gender, sexuality, etc — checking your privilege means acknowledging the role those rewards play in your life and the lives of less privileged people”.
The gist of the matter, don’t think your better than someone else.
While this might seem like common human decency, Millennials and leftists have twisted checking privilege into a way to push their agenda and beliefs onto others.
According to a daily article published by Mises Institute, using the phrase could just be code for “shut up”. When pushed into a corner with no argument to support them, that is a logical go-to; pin the blame on someone else. The article published by Mises is extremely straight forward and explains it perfectly. I encourage you to click the link above and read it in full.
They go on to say in the article that the term “is used to preemptively cut off conversation by stopping those who disagree from any chance to be heard, much less to rebut their demonization and targeting, no improvement in either empathy or results can result”.
While it is good to acknowledge the blessings that you have been granted in life, twisting that idea to push an agenda is morally low. And to top things off, they have created a website where you can personally check your privilege. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, we now have an algorithm to tell us if we have the right to talk about social issues. Well, my dear followers, this white, straight, Christian female has a lot to say about these issues. And no thank you, I will not check my privilege. I have many blessings in my life and I am fully aware of them, but that doesn’t mean I have not worked for what I have in life.
Acknowledging your blessings in life keeps you humble, but it is not a weapon to suppress our first Amendment rights. Instead of throwing out memorized slogans and quips that get us nowhere, try memorizing statistics and facts to support your argument. Otherwise, keep sipping your Starbucks, and leave the politics to the adults.