[Rushtalk] "White Privilege"?

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Thu Mar 14 11:27:47 MDT 2013

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Government Agency Asks Volunteers to Wear 
Wristbands To Remind Them Of White Privilege

14 March 2013 / 


P. D. James said: “I believe that political 
correctness can be a form of linguistic fascism, 
and it sends shivers down the spine of my 
generation who went to war against fascism.” Of 
all the things in this world that annoy me­and 
there are many­political correctness ranks quite 
near the top. Political correctness falsely 
dictates what can and cannot be said; it falsely 
dictates who is in a position of weakness and who 
is not; and it demands that everyone play by 
rules that are as strange as they are convoluted.

According to cnsnews.com:

“The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction 
(DPI) wants its white VISTA volunteers who work 
with low-income, racially diverse public schools 
to examine the “privilege” their Caucasian race confers on them.”

Now, on its face­though slightly comical­it makes 
sense to understand where you come from, versus 
where others come from. To have a fully rounded 
world view, we must understand our differences. 
Sounds reasonable enough. Well, that’s only the beginning.

cnsnews.com also notes that the DPI website encourages white people to:

“Wear a white 
as a reminder about your privilege, and as a 
personal commitment to explain why you wear the 
Set aside sections of the day to 
critically examine how privilege is working
a person of color who is willing to hold you 
accountable for addressing privilege”

What­if I may ask without being politically 
incorrect–does any of this have to do with 
volunteer work in public schools? Sure, the 
schools are apparently racially diverse; but what 
does constantly reminding white people of their “privilege” do to help?

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