The fact that many liberals expect white people not to use their white privilege betrays a misunderstanding of white liberalism.
Gentrification and Ghost Towns
Emma Lindsay
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Every time I read one of your articles, I’m flummoxed. Today is no different.

You lost me when you conflated political correctness with equality. HUH? And then again when you suggested that in colleges a “language of equality (or political correctness)” was developed.

A couple of weeks ago you wrote about oppression. In that article you asserted that folk should empathize with their oppressors — cuz they have guns and then, you turned the responsibility to ‘sell’ the oppressed’s case for not being oppressed on those put upon. “If you have the power to get someone to do what you want and you don’t have to consider their point of view or wellbeing, they are not the oppressor. You are” Your words.

Last week, you wrote — at considerably greater length than you did about oppression I noted — about men dumping their rage on women. I wondered then, as I do now, whether you thought that that behavior wasn’t somehow ‘oppressive’ . Clearly you didn’t because you never once suggested that empathy was the way for women to get out from under.

And now, in this piece, you write that the language of equality (and perhaps the march towards equality?) is political correctness. And that calling out another’s privilege “has taken on a secondary function of being a class indicator”.

Once again, as you did in your piece on oppression, you trivialized or wholly dismissed the thing at the heart of the matter by saying blithely, “ And, you know, equality is like a good thing or whatever, so it’s not bad that educated people push for equality.” Or whatever. Hm. Or perhaps that was you, mocking a young liberal……..or whatever.

The conclusion I’m starting to draw is that your approach to issues which — you believe — do not impact you directly is to dismiss then as being of no import. “Oppressed? Empathize cuz he’s got a gun.” “Focused on social justice? Sit and discuss quietly and with great empathy, with someone who believes you to be less entitled to rights and freedoms than they.”

I think I’ve got it now. I see a theme.

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