‘Check your privilege’: a dark and divisive politics

There is a growing number of words and phrases which, through being used as a way of batting away inconvenient dissent, have all but lost their original meaning. Racist, sexist, homophobe – the list goes on. But these words have nothing on that most recent addition to the ‘just shut up’ armoury, the catch-all silencer masquerading as a well-intentioned request. That’s right: ‘Check your privilege.’

It’s now the reflex rebuttal of the student radical, and it has become ubiquitous in campus discussions. In theory, the phrase asks us to consider whether our beliefs might be skewed by our limited experience of a particular issue. This is not, in itself, unreasonable. But, as so often happens when reason meets Tumblr sociologist, privilege-checking has been taken to ugly extremes.

h/t Marvin

  • Leftist, intellectually incestuous fruitcakes, have no real working solutions for any problems.

    Bitching about “faux reality” is their mantra.

    When students demand their tuition back for these worthless “privilege” classes, the fruitcakes will need to get a real job. And with their skill-set, it won’t be easy.

    • Universities are making the case for their own defunding far better than I could ever hope.

  • David

    A sensible society would shun these people. The adults in the room need to reclaim the pulpit.

  • moraywatson

    You can be anything you want, as long as “we” permit it. The proper response to “check your privilege” is “check your fascism”.

    • Exactly.

    • ntt1

      not only that but you MUST respect and celebrate the things they permit like the gaping falsehoods of “gender fluidity” pay inequity, and gay fascism.

      • LoisMOhara

        ♪♪start freelancing at Home with Google Tech@nq24:::



        • ntt1

          look at the damage your drug business is inflicting on society, you know where you can stick that silly Italian car.

  • ntt1

    this is nascent pure fascism being taught on all our university campus’s . formerly the place of higher learning and reason they are devolving into ideological camps producing socially toxic graduates. I have met several graduates as they arc through my industry. With out exception ,while educated to theorize on the plight of the worker, they are physically and intellectually unable to perform the simplest tasks requiring any level of innate inventiveness. They are pitied then laid off.

  • It’s another way to shut down debate.