Days after calls for professors to be taught about ‘white privilege’, new data has revealed ethnic minority students are now the majority at 23 UK universities.
Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) pupils in Britain are already more likely to attend university than their non-white counterparts, with figures showing the gap is growing year-on-year.
It is not this gap that institutions are being told to tackle, however, as they face calls instead for equality of attainment between ethnic groups, with universities urged to clamp down disparities in achievement by ethnic white students at higher education level compared to students from other backgrounds.
You’re probably perpetuating racism. How? Because you love our kids and want them to do well in life. Which is just the worst, right?
Under the “Family” heading, The Atlantic recently carried a cheerful little article titled, “How Well-Intentioned White Families Can Perpetuate Racism.” How are we doing this horrible thing? The problem, it seems, is that we love our kids and want them to do well in life. Which is just the worst, right?
From a rational perspective, of course, this is a deeply silly argument. Yet it perfectly represents some fundamental things that have gone wrong in our culture’s thinking about race, human nature, and morality. It also demonstrates why those ideas are dangerous, because it seems that so-called “progressives” won’t be happy until you hate your kids.
The concept of ‘white privilege’ was popularized by Peggy McIntosh in a 1989 paper written at Harvard University and titled, “White Privilege: Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack.” It was written as a personal, experiential essay, and it details 26 ways in which McIntosh’s skin color has been decisive in determining her life outcomes. This hugely influential paper has been responsible for the subsequent proliferation of a rigidly enforced theory of privilege throughout social movements and university classrooms. So central has this doctrine become to progressive politics, pedagogy, and activism, that to even question its validity is to invite the inquisitorial wrath of ‘social justice’ radicals. But it is for this very reason that it is important to subject McIntosh’s ideas to scrutiny. So let us return to the source and to first principles and unpack Peggy McIntosh’s knapsack…
Pathetic does not do it justice. The letter, addressed to the New York Times advice column, is so bad that one first assumes that it’s satire. (via Maggie’s Farm) Some clever right winger has set out to show a hypothetical white person overwhelmed by guilt about white privilege.
There is an essential read by Steve Sailer at Taki’s Magazine from a week ago which might well explain the cultural and political landscape better than anything else you’ve seen in recent vintage. It’s entitled “A Half Century of Amnesia,” and you should take the time to have a look.
Sailer makes several important points, which could very easily be lost to readers not courageous enough to wade through obvious, though perhaps politically incorrect, facts, in recognizing the current cultural atmosphere which has not only given us Donald Trump in the White House but an apparent brewing sea change in the culture which the academic and media-elite Left simply isn’t recognizing (Caitlan Flanagan’s surprising piece on Jordan Peterson’s growing celebrity at the Atlantic notwithstanding). Chief among those is Sailer’s central point; namely that the Left has declared war on straight American white people for decades — and there is a natural price to pay for that hostility.
How enlightened, how sensitive these faithful must be to voluntarily enjoy having their sins denounced!
John McWhorter examines the religious nature of racial “wokeness” in an insightful essay published in The American Interest, and finds it bears some resemblances to the Christian worldview, albeit without the hope of redemption or forgiveness.
“The parallels with Christianity are almost uncannily rich,” he writes. “White privilege is the secular white person’s Original Sin, present at birth and ultimately ineradicable. One does one’s penance by endlessly attesting to this privilege in hope of some kind of forgiveness.”
The religion of social justice and wokeness is stern, however, with little hope of redemption, love or reconciliation.
So I shouldn’t be surprised that the equity warriors at Social Justice U don’t want the spotlight cast on their three days of white-shaming, otherwise known as Canada’s first White Privilege Conference.
White privilege and an exploration of uncomfortable truths
Are white people accorded extra benefits in Western societies simply because of the colour of their skin? Scholars taking part in Canada’s first white privilege conference weigh in on the subject and the ways in which it shapes our world.
From the geniuses that brought us the “Free cup of coffee exclusively for people of color” coupon, comes an even greater turnaround. Starbucks is quickly going from a racist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamaphobic, whatever-else-phobic, into a well-respected coffee shop that caters to those of any other race but white.