Character as the Basis of Privilege

Tal Fortgang, The Princeton Tory, April 2, 2014

There is a phrase that floats around college campuses, Princeton being no exception, that threatens to strike down opinions without regard for their merits, but rather solely on the basis of the person that voiced them. “Check your privilege,” the saying goes, and I have been reprimanded by it several times this year. The phrase, handed down by my moral superiors, descends recklessly, like an Obama-sanctioned drone, and aims laser-like at my pinkish-peach complexion, my maleness, and the nerve I displayed in offering an opinion rooted in a personal Weltanschauung. “Check your privilege,” they tell me in a command that teeters between an imposition to actually explore how I got where I am, and a reminder that I ought to feel personally apologetic because white males seem to pull most of the strings in the world.

I do not accuse those who “check” me and my perspective of overt racism, although the phrase, which assumes that simply because I belong to a certain ethnic group I should be judged collectively with it, toes that line. But I do condemn them for diminishing everything I have personally accomplished, all the hard work I have done in my life, and for ascribing all the fruit I reap not to the seeds I sow but to some invisible patron saint of white maleness who places it out for me before I even arrive. Furthermore, I condemn them for casting the equal protection clause, indeed the very idea of a meritocracy, as a myth, and for declaring that we are all governed by invisible forces (some would call them “stigmas” or “societal norms”), that our nation runs on racist and sexist conspiracies. Forget “you didn’t build that;” check your privilege and realize that nothing you have accomplished is real.

But they can’t be telling me that everything I’ve done with my life can be credited to the racist patriarchy holding my hand throughout my years of education and eventually guiding me into Princeton. Even that is too extreme. So to find out what they are saying, I decided to take their advice. I actually went and checked the origins of my privileged existence, to empathize with those whose underdog stories I can’t possibly comprehend. I have unearthed some examples of the privilege with which my family was blessed, and now I think I better understand those who assure me that skin color allowed my family and I to flourish today.

Perhaps it’s the privilege my grandfather and his brother had to flee their home as teenagers when the Nazis invaded Poland, leaving their mother and five younger siblings behind, running and running until they reached a Displaced Persons camp in Siberia, where they would do years of hard labor in the bitter cold until World War II ended. Maybe it was the privilege my grandfather had of taking on the local Rabbi’s work in that DP camp, telling him that the spiritual leader shouldn’t do hard work, but should save his energy to pass Jewish tradition along to those who might survive. Perhaps it was the privilege my great-grandmother and those five great-aunts and uncles I never knew had of being shot into an open grave outside their hometown. Maybe that’s my privilege.

Or maybe it’s the privilege my grandmother had of spending weeks upon weeks on a death march through Polish forests in subzero temperatures, one of just a handful to survive, only to be put in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where she would have died but for the Allied forces who liberated her and helped her regain her health when her weight dwindled to barely 80 pounds.

Perhaps my privilege is that those two resilient individuals came to America with no money and no English, obtained citizenship, learned the language and met each other; that my grandfather started a humble wicker basket business with nothing but long hours, an idea, and an iron will–to paraphrase the man I never met: “I escaped Hitler. Some business troubles are going to ruin me?” Maybe my privilege is that they worked hard enough to raise four children, and to send them to Jewish day school and eventually City College.

Perhaps it was my privilege that my own father worked hard enough in City College to earn a spot at a top graduate school, got a good job, and for 25 years got up well before the crack of dawn, sacrificing precious time he wanted to spend with those he valued most–his wife and kids–to earn that living. I can say with certainty there was no legacy involved in any of his accomplishments. The wicker business just isn’t that influential. Now would you say that we’ve been really privileged? That our success has been gift-wrapped?

That’s the problem with calling someone out for the “privilege” which you assume has defined their narrative. You don’t know what their struggles have been, what they may have gone through to be where they are. Assuming they’ve benefitted from “power systems” or other conspiratorial imaginary institutions denies them credit for all they’ve done, things of which you may not even conceive. You don’t know whose father died defending your freedom. You don’t know whose mother escaped oppression. You don’t know who conquered their demons, or may still conquering them now.

{snip}

It was my privilege that my grandfather was blessed with resolve and an entrepreneurial spirit, and that he was lucky enough to come to the place where he could realize the dream of giving his children a better life than he had.

But far more important for me than his attributes was the legacy he sought to pass along, which forms the basis of what detractors call my “privilege,” but which actually should be praised as one of altruism and self-sacrifice. Those who came before us suffered for the sake of giving us a better life. When we similarly sacrifice for our descendents by caring for the planet, it’s called “environmentalism,” and is applauded. But when we do it by passing along property and a set of values, it’s called “privilege.” (And when we do it by raising questions about our crippling national debt, we’re called Tea Party radicals.) Such sacrifice of any form shouldn’t be scorned, but admired.

{snip}

Behind every success, large or small, there is a story, and it isn’t always told by sex or skin color. My appearance certainly doesn’t tell the whole story, and to assume that it does and that I should apologize for it is insulting. While I haven’t done everything for myself up to this point in my life, someone sacrificed themselves so that I can lead a better life. But that is a legacy I am proud of.

I have checked my privilege. And I apologize for nothing.

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  • Bravo, Mr. Fortgang.

    • Giovanni704

      Horrible article. I wanted to like it, but I groaned the moment I read the Nazi whining. All this kid did here was play the “I’m a victim” too card. I suspect some liberal Jews who view this article feel a certain satisfaction in reading about how they sit at the top of the hierarchy of victims. This is not the answer. The way to answer these charges is to reply that privilege, if it does exist, is every successful people’s right. If I benefit from the success of my ancestors, and you do not because your ancestors were weak or unlucky, then too bad. Work harder and do something significant so your descendants can experience privilege. In the immortal words of William Gayley Simpson, “No people every became great because someone helped them.”

      • c684570

        If the author was an ethnic Pole, as opposed to a Jew, I could empathize more. I just get tired of hearing the Jewish victimization narrative. I’m not saying it is baseless, but it is definitely overplayed.

      • The important difference is that he isn’t using his difficult family history as an excuse to be unsuccessful and criminal. Everyone has hard times, regrets, and challenges. Strong, noble people use things as fuel for success.

        • silviosilver

          No. Instead he used his family history as an excuse for why non-whites should go easy on him. He’s just like them, see. Despite his wealth, power and influence, he too has suffered. It doesn’t mean he gives a goddam about anyone like you.

          • That isn’t what I got out of it at all. He’s saying that it’s wrong to discredit someone’s achievements by assuming they were given everything on a silver platter. Many people achieve quite a lot in spite of having their fair share of challenges. I see nothing wrong with that point.

            He’s not saying he’s like them. He’s saying he’s achieved quite a lot when they haven’t, and that they have no excuses for their failures. “White privilege” is just a mechanism by which non-whites and stupid whites can discredit the successes of white people and justify the failures of non-whites.

            As I said above, everybody has a story. Mine isn’t as colorful as the author’s, but I don’t come from a long line of millionaires or anything. The great majority of my ancestors were farmers in rural South Carolina and Georgia. But my grandfather, who was very smart and diligent, got into the programming business when it was just starting, and he was successful. My other grandfather worked himself half to death as a semi mechanic and other things so my mom and her brothers could have a comfortable, normal life. So if that’s white privilege, then I certainly don’t apologize for having it, either.

            As Fortgang wrote:
            “But I do condemn them for diminishing everything I have personally accomplished, all the hard work I have done in my life, and for ascribing all the fruit I reap not to the seeds I sow but to some invisible patron saint of white maleness who places it out for me before I even arrive.”

            “They tell me… I ought to feel personally apologetic because white males seem to pull most of the strings in the world.”

      • Reverend Bacon

        There are no groups that lack ancestors who have been oppressed at one time or another. There are some groups that never got over it, and have victimhood mentality. All of the people who have been admonished to “check their privilege” have similar stories in their wheelhouse.

      • Paleoconn

        Hear hear. This looks like a contrived story to give another Holocaust update. I doubt this guy has ever been told to check his privilege since he himself is part of a designated victim group. But on the off-chance he has, it is probably due to the fact that his accusers do not know his lineage, and I suspect if they did, they’d lay off.

    • silviosilver

      You know, he didn’t actually defend white identity. He simply made a case for why the charge of ‘white privilege’ doesn’t apply to him. You can bet your ass he thinks it should apply to people who fly the battle flag.

  • It’s nice to learn of a Princeton student that can think for himself.

    • APaige

      And have the courage the tell the world. He must have also inherited that trait from his family. I felt privileged to read his essay.

      • dcc2379

        He’s probably being Sterling-ized as we speak.

        • Jesse_from_Sweden

          No. He’s comparing his jewish privilege to his white privilege and comes to the conclusion that him being jewish trumps him being white and he shouldn’t have to suffer the same “white privilege” stigma as other whites because of it.

          • Brutus

            That isn’t what I got out of the essay. When smug liberals told him to “check his privilege,” it wasn’t because they thought he was a Jew.

          • Jesse_from_Sweden

            No, it’s because they thought he was white.
            But he corrected them on that point….

  • sbuffalonative

    Blacks stereotype non-blacks as privileged and believe they’ve had everything handed to them. Blacks believe non-blacks get good grades because they’re privileged not because they work and study to get good grades or get good jobs only because of privilege.

    • pcmustgo

      probably a lot of white liberals telling him to check his privilege too.

      • Padrig

        Probably more sanctimonious white liberals spewing this nonsense than anybody else period.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Whites and east Asians are privileged, just not in the sense that blacks think they’re privileged. They’re privileged because they were born into a natural aristocracy and as a result, have inherited the IQ and motivation needed to achieve good grades and good jobs. Non-black privilege is just code for white and east Asian superiority over blacks.

  • DaveMed

    I like the idea of what this kid did. Take the privilege “smear” and accept it as one ought to – with pride.

    Yes. We are privileged. Our ancestors built the most magnificent and industrious societies the world has ever known. Our art, music, literature, architecture, and scientific innovations are the world’s gold standards. In fact, our nations are flooded by non-Whites who want to crash the party of Western civilization precisely because we have been so successful.

    I am privileged to be a member of such a productive race, and I don’t regret that privilege for a second.

    • So CAL Snowman

      For me it’s an HONOR to be a member of such a productive and magnificent race, not a privilege.

      • Alexandra1973

        As I like to put it, “but for the grace of God, there go I.”

      • Jesse_from_Sweden

        You are jewish?

        Because this entire text is about how jews shouldn’t have to suffer the same “white privilege” thing that other whites have to suffer, because of WWII and the holocaust.

        • silviosilver

          That’s exactly what it is. But some people are so desperate for someone, anyone to take their side in a mainstream venue that they’ll faun over the smallest scrap tossed their way – even when it’s completely rotten.

        • DaveMed

          That really is not the crux of the text.

          Nowhere does he support the concept of White privilege. He clearly identifies as White, and argues that you can’t assume that someone has had an easy life based on their race.

          Call me naive, but he sounds like a nice guy to me.

          • Exactly. Some people around here are so paranoid about Jews it’s a little nuts.

          • silviosilver

            I wish you were right, but I really don’t think you are.

          • DaveMed

            He exhibits no signs of being anti-White.

            All things being equal, I’m inclined to think rather charitably of him.

            Could I infer some sort of dodge from the “White Privilege” nonsense by distancing himself from the greater White community? I guess I could, but I think he deserves the benefit of the doubt.

        • So CAL Snowman

          You know very well what I meant in response to Dave’s post

          • Jesse_from_Sweden

            Did you edit your post?
            Reading it and my answer to it just doesn’t make sense to me…..

            It’s like I replied to something else.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Racial awareness is the cure. Once you have it, it’s like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. Once you know the truth, you can’t go back to believing in diversity.

  • Lewis33

    “We’re minorities too!, Kill the Anglo-Saxon!” Thanks for nothing, Tal.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Exactly Lewis, he played the game by “checking his privilege” and reached its’ logical conclusion. How nice of him to throw in an anecdote regarding the National Socialists. See he’s not a bad “White” man after all.

      • tetrapod

        Disingenuous, despite the family history of suffering and sacrifice. He knew he’d get a free pass as soon as he played the Jew card. An authentic white guy would be excoriated for writing the same thing, or, what’s more likely, wouldn’t have been published in the first place.

        Ditto … thanks for nothing.

      • DaveMed

        I don’t believe that was his point. Did he deny being White anywhere in the piece?

        • So CAL Snowman

          He played the victim card. He can’t have magical privilege because his ancestors were also victims of oppression. This guy is a chump.

    • Conrad

      “White Privilege” is a social construct. Created by anti-whites.

      • Giovanni704

        Well-put.

    • DaveMed

      A religious minority, yes.

      But he did not deny being White. He identifies as White, took that, and ran with it in the piece.

      The point being that, White or not, you have no idea what someone has been through to get where they are. He also completely undercut the whole White guilt over slavery thing by implying that White people today have no real connection to or responsibility for past slavery.

      This is definitely a net positive, and I’m seeing this article being circulated widely.

      • IstvanIN

        White when convenient, a minority when convenient, what ever works for the moment.

        • DaveMed

          He identifies as a religious minority; not an ethnic minority.

          If he does see himself as an “ethnic” minority, it is only in the sense of a subset of the White race. Sort of like a Slav living in Iceland.

          At least, that’s what I get from the article.

        • ViktorNN

          Well put.

          Another way I suggest to look at it is to listen to Jews themselves – especially behind closed doors.

          There’s a lot of contempt for gentile whites going on there. They absolutely do not see themselves as us.

  • guest

    How refreshing – a white college student who hasn’t sold his soul the far-Left that prevails today’s colleges and universities. A white person throwing away his/her dignity and self-worth will never be worth getting a college degree.

  • This may be a small step, but it’s perhaps an indication that whites are getting tired of having to apologize and be contrite for the success of their racial heritage. Only in the West (specifically, the USA) do whites have to apologize for creating grand cities, great societies, and making their nations the envy of the world. All of this is so ass-backwards that it’s difficult to express without getting angry and frustrated.

    Also: The complete arrogance of the phrase “check your privilege” used against whites is astonishing. Can you imagine if a similar phrase were used against blacks – such as “check your entitlement” or “check your savagery” or “check your gun” or “check your intelligence”?

    • MBlanc46

      No one has ever said that to me. I do hope that if anyone ever does I can make him/her mightily sorry that he/she did.

      • gemjunior

        LOL. I bet you would. It would be a Blanc-slap.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Wouldn’t it be “check your stupidity” instead of “check your intelligence” when dealing with blacks?

      • Good point, I tried to be a little less direct when I initially wrote the comment.

        • So CAL Snowman

          I have no such aversions, I probably should but what the hell there is no use holding back now.

    • tetrapod

      Perhaps you’re right, but aren’t you just a little disappointed the article wasn’t written by “Bob Smith” instead of WTF Tal Fortgang? We still have no independent voice in our self-defense. We are always somehow required to speak under sponsorship of the tribe.

    • Giovanni704

      “Only in the West…..” When you begin with the unquestionable truth of racial equality, and then you see so much inequality in the world, what else can be blamed? It must be unfair success resulting from luck or cheating.

    • kikz2

      i think it’s an excellent idea…..

  • dd121

    Checking one’s privilege is just a censorship tactic used by the left. It comes in many forms.

  • So CAL Snowman

    I ask them where they live. When it becomes readily apparent that they do not live around non – Whites I ask them to check their White privilege. Works like a charm every time.

  • Bill E. BOBB

    blaks are by far the oldest race, they had every opportunity to be the cradle of human civilization tens of thousands of years before others, and what did they accomplish? what did they contribute? Their existence, their evolution does not mirror that of the human beings of europe, the middle east or asia, yet they want to blame their abject failure as a race of people on others even though they had no contact with any other race for 98% of their time on earth. And they blame whites in particular because they found that white compassion makes them easy marks. “White privilege” is a myth invented to further prey on the nature of the white race, to deepen white guilt so as to better take advantage of whites.

    It is much easier to make an argument on the existence of blak privilege than white “privilege”, you can start by arguing that a clearly inferior people is treated as equal to a clearly superior people.

  • Fair Dinkum

    If only more Jews understood that undermining the white race is bad for Jews! Bravo, Mr. Fortgang, bravo!

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      As long as they believe that what happened in Germany during the years 1933-1945 can happen again, Jews will continue to push for massive third world immigration to western countries. They really meant it when they said “never again”.

    • Reverend Bacon

      I tend to be of the opinion that most Jews are like Mr. Fortgang. I get tired of the liberal whiny ones, too, but I don’t think most of them are interested in some evil, Machiavellian conspiracy. Since many of them have very high IQ’s, they are capable of seeing the truth.

      Maybe almost everyone at the top of the food chain wants to maintain the status quo. Jews have a disproportionate share of the top of the food chain. But Ted Turner, and even Donald Trump, and this clown Sterling, want to maintain the status quo. I guess he’s a Jew also but my point is that they act individually, not collectively. Most Jews are like Mr. Fortgang in that they too have no power, no privilege just because they are Jewish. I’d like to see this site be more welcoming to such people, because they are not the enemy.

      • tetrapod

        I agree with you in principle, and I often remind myself not to put all Jews in the same basket. However, the “bad” ones who wield such disproportionate power have more than demonstrated their ongoing hostility to white Americans. Forgive me if I suffer a lapse in magnanimity from time to time.

        • IstvanIN

          Organized Jewry is explicitly ant-White, anti-America and Anti-Europe. Individual Jews are, like us, of different viewpoints, but mostly “progressive”.

          • c684570

            I think Jews voted 87% for Democrats in 2008 but that dropped to something like 71% in 2012. It’s a start.

      • Jesse_from_Sweden

        Jews aren’t whites, and don’t see themselves as whites.
        Or at least not part of the white majority.

        Jews have been victimized as minorities in many societies across history, and their solution to that problem is by making nations no longer have a majority that can victimize them.
        If all groups in a nation are minorities, they will no longer be singled out.

        Jews are very much aware that they are a different group from other whites, since that has been proven again and again in multiple progroms.
        They are only being counted as white now that there are many other minorities who are easier to identify visually.

        • FeuerSalamander

          Tsarist Russia was a multiethnic state. It is where jews suffered the worst persecution prior to the 1940s. They agitate for a multi-ethnic state out of animosity, not because they will benefit.

    • c684570

      Yes, Jews too will reap the winds of racial discord. They are perceived as White by Black people.

    • Jesse_from_Sweden

      Actually, Mr Fortgang is saying that jews shouldn’t be lumped in with whites when it comes to the privilege thing, due to their WWII suffering.

      White privilege should only apply to non-jewish whites, who didn’t have parents that fled from the holocaust.

      • FeuerSalamander

        exactly.

  • OhWow

    I worked in an inner-city school once and so many of the black students would say “Is you rich?”, “You mad lucky to have a moms and a pops”, etc.

    I had to sit this high school student down and say “Listen kid, my father dropped dead suddenly when I was 13 years old. And no I’m not rich. I have had my card declined trying to buy garlic knots at a pizzeria with an attractive young girl my age behind the counter. Do you know how embarrassing that is? I am not privileged as you think. Just because my skin is lighter doesn’t mean my life is any easier”.

    I also explained to him that the reason I had such low funds was because I was putting myself through grad school. Not because I wanted to buy the new Jordan’s. The takeaway from this is how shocked he was about what I said. Blacks honestly think that whites wake up in a perfect little Leave it to Beaver world with a free stack of white privilege money and two parents who are always there.

    In many ways I have gone through many things an inner-city kid has. The difference is that I don’t complain or say woe is me. I pick myself up, dust myself off, and keep chugging along.

    • FeuerSalamander

      what a waste of your time and “breaf”

    • dcc2379

      I once had inner city blacks ask me at the beginning of the month if I received my check.

    • gemjunior

      I love your story, and I totally identify with it. They have a whacked out, far off the mark idea of whites living in palaces. I used to be in a study group in graduate school and when we were walking to the parking lot one of the girls, who was black, was with me while we were waiting for our cars. A fancy Mercedes was nearby and she says “Is that your car?” I laughed out loud. We were both working as nurses while studying to become nurse anesthetists, so we weren’t exactly broke. But I and my husband had 2 kids and a mortgage and she had no kids. The funny thing was that she drove off in her new-ish BMW and I drove off in my 8 year old Honda without a hubcap; my other car was a used minivan I needed with a baby’s carseat and booster seat. LOL – real privileged. I think it was an eye-opener for her. I still have the same car but a newer version. I guess I could, technically, have a fancier car but the need never struck me. And I’d rather use the money for something else.

      • In other words, you’re an intelligent, white woman who uses her money wisely. You’re not about instant gratification and you have the ability to consider future needs and not simply at things in the immediate – something most blacks lack.

        • We’re Jeff Foxworthy-ish rednecks here: we have two cars and a truck that don’t run. We move the 2002 Saturn around the parking spaces so the HOA won’t have it towed away. The partly stripped 1995 Saturn and the Steyr Pinzgauer sit in the garage. The only vehicle we have that runs is the 1931 Model-A Ford, and that has the engine and transmission out of my old 1983 Mazda RX-7 in it.

    • jay11

      When I tell my urban students stories (when occasion pops up) of my own very humble beginnings, they can hardly believe it.

  • dcc2379

    White stereotypes and white profiling are all more than okay; they are taught and fostered, with whites at conferences and seminars all over the US implored to admit their sins of being white.

    Black facts such as crime, lack of education, poor work ethic, and lacking in morals, not to mention the Bell Curve, are all unmentionable.

    There is no corruption of blood in the US. The ancien regimes had as manner of law corruption of blood: If a person was found guilty of a crime, say suicide, the crown of said country could hold the family members responsible. Though execution of family members did not routinely happen (it did in political cases), property could and would be seized. My point is that even if all the privileges were true, that would not be a reason to condemn someone who was only guilty of being born. Alas, try to talk to a liberal, especially a group of white ones, and one will be left feeling dumber.

  • Cannot Tell

    Black privilege –
    1) The privilege of gaining admission to elite colleges despite grades and test scores lower than white and Asian counterparts
    2) The privilege of being allowed to publicly call for violence towards whites without being condemned
    3) The privilege of being told that all the social and economic problems among blacks worldwide can be attributed to “white racism”

    • FeuerSalamander

      The privilege of an AA or gubmint job where they do not have to perform and whites do the work for them.

  • Bill E. BOBB

    you just have to look at the numbers, if 10% of whites are considered wealthy, that means 90% have to work and struggle and produce to survive, and we do it generation after generation and we produced a culture that makes the program work for 90% of US . The reason it works is because the vast majority of whites have roughly the same IQ’s, values and personalities. The program does not work for those who have lower IQ.s and different values. Is it a privilege to have a certain IQ? no, that’s just the way it is, it’s genetics, that’s all. it’s not a gift that is handed to you over others. no reason to feel guilty about that.

  • willbest

    Nobody is getting into Princeton unless they win a genetic lottery so it seems nonsensical that they would slam each other with privilege checks

    • Urbane Neanderthal

      Princeton has around 13% Jewish students, 6 times the Jewish portion of the US population.
      He is there because of his privilege.

      • ViktorNN

        Yep, the Ivies have disproportionately high percentages of Jews, as well as Asians.

        Meanwhile, if you’re a white male from a rural part of the country who puts “Future Farmers of America” on his application, you may as well take your application fee money, make a little pile of it on the ground, and light it on fire. That’s your chance of getting accepted into an Ivy.

        • Giovanni704

          “the Ivies have disproportionately high percentages of Jews”
          Particularly in the social sciences…thus the Boas Cult that has corrupted everything.

      • DaveMed

        Jews also have higher intelligence levels than certain groups that constitute significant percentages of our population, such as Blacks and Hispanics.

        Not all disproportionate representation is a sign of conspiracy.

        • NorthernWind

          Jews are represented beyond what their ability would warrant however. This is especially true at the ivy leagues where there can be more Jews than Whites, despite Jews being only ~2% of the population and Whites ~60-70%.

        • The group that created the Ivy league schools was white, non-Jewish, males.
          Those who create something own it, unless it is stolen from them. That is the law of the jungle and of reality.

          • Jesse_from_Sweden

            And the state says “you didn’t create that”.

        • Urbane Neanderthal

          Jews are smarter on average than Europeans.
          But at 2% of the population or around 6 million Jewish Americans it is impossible for the over-representation in the Ivy Leagues to be attributed to intelligence alone.

          And here is why, the average Jewish IQ being 113 means half are above that or about 3 million. 16% of whites or 35,000,000 have IQs over 115.
          It is statistically impossible for these schools to have 13-30% Jewish students based on intelligence alone.

          Another fact 7 out of the 8 Ivy League schools are headed by Jews.

          Jews stick together and help each other out, it’s actually an admirable quality that Europeans should emulate not a conspiracy.

  • shawnmer

    That brave young man had better brace himself from a ruthless retribution from the leftist blogosphere. If there is ANY discoverable dirt on this kid – maybe he was caught using the N word among friends or pleasuring himself in his high school locker room, doesn’t matter – it will be a virally shared image or video on Twitter, Youtube, etc, in short order. Techie cultural Marxists are more empowered than ever with modern technology.

    He may well be branded a “racist,” a perv, or a racist perv and rendered unemployable before he even gets out of Princeton.

    • RisingReich

      He’s Jewish. He’ll be fine lest the calls of Holocaust will start ringing.

      • shawnmer

        So is Sterling, a fat lot of good it’s doing him.

        I don’t want to get into the whole Jewish question thing here because I know it never goes anywhere. But it’s no less silly for you to impute a “Jewish privilege” to this kid than it does for the cultural Marxists to impute “white privilege.”

        • IstvanIN

          They have to occasionally give up an offering to keep us off guard.

    • muhdik

      There is an equally devastating counter-force on the internet that ruthlessly attacks techie cultural marxists. Their favorite past-time is ruining SJW’s lives. Fear not friend…there is a path of light.

  • muhdik

    I think it’s time to go educate the posters over in that comment section. I see a few brave souls but we need large numbers to drive the point home. Come join in on the fun.

  • Saisyet

    This is an amazing article and an eloquent response to the annoying and racist type of people who would say such things as “check your privilege” just based on the way someone looks.

  • ViktorNN

    The short version of this article is:

    Being Jewish with a personal Holocaust story trumps the “check your privilege” accusation.

    For the rest of you, you’re sh*t out of luck.

    • NorthernWind

      Pretty much. I cringed when he started with the J sob story.

    • silviosilver

      It sits pretty at the top of the victimhood food chain by a comfortable margin.

  • Pro_Whitey

    I think this guy can resist the privilege checking because he has been raised being told he and his are virtuous and righteous, and that their righteousness has helped them overcome great enemies and obstacles. Someone raised with the current trend of WASP deference is likely to have much lower defenses due to the failure of his parents to instill a core of self-worth. That is unfortunate.

  • George Clark

    Waiting for the anti semite trolls to go to town with this post. Come on, you holocaust deniers, take this dude to town! I’m getting sick of posting on allegedly conservative sites that harbor and let post jew haters.

    • Fair Dinkum

      I understand the way you feel, but the fact is that there’s a lot of anti-Gentile prejudice among Jews. Just as anti-Semitism often masquerades as anti-Zionism, so Jewish anti-Gentilism often masquerades as social justice, equality, multiculturalism, etc. etc. ad nauseum. No, I’m not saying there’s some Great International Commie Jew conspiracy. I’m just saying that Jews are no less subject to ethnic, racial and religious prejudice than the rest of us.

      • saxonsun

        Read Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint for this anti-gentile sentiment.

    • Guest

      I see very little “hatred” for Jews on this site. I do see questions related to their inordinate power to frame public discourse through their stranglehold on our national media. And please don’t insult me by calling that notion a “canard”, when thirty minutes on Google will easily prove otherwise.

      I do see questions as to why someone as hatefully malignant as Tim Wise is the toast of the town within the mainstream media, academia, and business, while a seasoned, respected commentator like Pat Buchanan is fired by his Jewish boss at MSNBC for discussing “inappropriate” topics such as our country’s declining white population.

      I do see discussions centered on the efforts of powerful Jews such as Schumer, Cantor, and Zuckerberg to grant de facto citizenship to millions of people whose first act on our soil was the commission of a crime, and whose net effect will be lowered wages and a declining standard of living for those whom we refer to as citizens.

      And, I do see

      • Marc Zuckurburg

        You had me at lowered wages.

      • FeuerSalamander

        Suspicion is not hatred, it is awareness

      • George Clark

        I do see that my comment referring to jews was deleted. How about that.

  • Puggg

    But Tal can still play the Nazi card, something that’s not available to me.

    • Giovanni704

      Precisely. See my comment reply below.

    • Luca

      Therein lies his privilege.

  • ViktorNN

    Any example of privilege the PC Left wants to “call out” requires an example of someone else being treated unfairly. The thing is, logically speaking, the fact that someone is treated unfairly does not mean everyone else is privileged.

    To put it another way – the fact that some groups have a history of suffering discrimination does not mean that those who didn’t are somehow “privileged.” It just means that some groups were discriminated against and some weren’t.

    For example: If a cop gives black people speeding tickets when they aren’t speeding, and doesn’t give any tickets to white people who aren’t speeding – that’s discrimination against blacks. There’s no “privilege” being given to white people. They’re merely being treated the way the law says.

    For white people to be given a “privilege” in this scenario they would have to be breaking the law and speeding like crazy and never ever getting a speeding ticket. There’s nothing like that happening in our society today.

    The PC Left’s theory of “privilege” is flawed, makes no sense, and is merely a rhetorical device meant to put the people they hate i.e. normal white people, on the defensive.

  • Luca

    Oh my! The anti-Semite card challenges the Race card.

    • Quido

      I had a Jewish soldier in my platoon in the army. After being discharged while travelling thru NY City I stopped to see him. When I showed up at his apartment his mother refused to be in the sane room with a goyim and left actually running. I never forgot that insult.

  • “I can say with certainty there was no legacy involved in any of his accomplishments. The wicker business just isn’t that influential.”

    Great line. This essay has some real merit but does not apply to Gentiles a whole bunch. For one thing, the Holocaust still pretty much trumps all other victims and ennobles generations far down the line. As MacDonald has demonstrated in his writings, such as the ‘Culture of Critique,’ it is not a matter of a ‘vast Jewish conspiracy,’ but of a ‘clash of civilizations’ that has been going on for centuries. Since Whites naturally see themselves as individuals, probably partly genetic–something that has now been highly reinforced by their enemies–their minds tend to only recognize two modes of thinking: either we are all competing as individuals or some other people have formed a vast worldwide conspiracy. The latter theory cries out that it is a nutty crackpot idea, hence we are all individuals competing with each other as semi-equals in our wonderful meritocracy.

    Just the networking alone, surely gives the Tribe a leg up. I recall at various times seeing PBS documentaries, ‘American Masters,’ on the life stories of prominent people, most seem to be Jewish, and Woody Allen and Mel Brooks, respectively, were featured. When their careers, for various reasons, went into a tailspin, wealthy influential members of the Tribe sprang out of nowhere, gathered around them and bailed them out. Imagine your career is taking a nosedive and suddenly several big-time White Gentiles run to your rescue. Why? Because you are a fellow Gentile in trouble! Yeah, that’s gunna happen.

    But the bigger problem is that it seems that there has always been a tendency, partly genetically based, it is argued, for members of the Tribe to see their Gentile host societies as a thereat as long as these societies posses any power at all to harm them, and therefore these societies must be continually diluted and destabilized. From their viewpoint this may make some sense, but imagine if countless very intelligent, talented and clannish Gentiles were capable of living among, let’s say, the Japanese, and by owning much of the news media, the major movies studios, reshaping the college social sciences, making huge campaign contributions and opening up Japanese borders to hordes of high-fertility non-Japanese, they could reduce the Japanese to where they could no longer offer the slightest theoretical threat to Gentiles. Of course this would mean that Japan and the Japanese would be no more.

    We are always hearing the mantra by the odd angry poster swooping down onto this site that most people here ‘hate’ Jews or believe in a ‘vast worldwide conspiracy.’ This is not only untrue, but is an obvious attempt to muddy the waters. One nice thing about ethnicity is that most people self-sort. While it is sometimes convenient for Jews to see themselves as White, and many may sincerely feel that way, I think most do not identify with Western societies, but think of themselves as a special nobble chosen persecuted people from the Holy Lands, which they have every right to believe.

  • Padrig

    Yes, but what of the descendants of those that liberated his grandmother? Do we get to dodge the wagging finger of privilege checkers? I don’t think so. It doesn’t matter that it is not an uncommon story that our grandfathers lied about their age, and hid infirmities to go fight that war. It doesn’t matter that most of them came from the most humble of beginnings where they worked like rented mules. It doesn’t matter that they came home, hard as nails, and set to work building the greatest spectacle of a civilization ever to grace this Earth. All that matters is they were white, and we are white, and being unashamed of that is unforgivable. It is not enough to simply not think of others as inferior because of their heritage, you must also despise your own. I’ll pass on the self loathing, as it is my honor and privilege to do so.

  • c684570

    Do Jews perceive themselves as being White?

    • FeuerSalamander

      only when it is profitable to do so.

  • Sangraal

    ‘Perhaps it’s the privilege my grandfather and his brother had to flee their home as teenagers when the Nazis invaded Poland’

    >Cue sound of record stopping abruptly.<
    And that's where I stopped reading.

    • John

      Funny that, I did almost the same thing. I think I made it as far as the word “Rabbi” though. I just posted this graphic but it seems as though it would be in order once again. They call it “chutzpah” I call it hypocrisy.

  • Sangraal

    I can’t say my eyes change colour when nearby rap music gets to a certain volume, but I definitely start seeing red…

    • Katherine McChesney

      My anger is stirred whenever I hear rap music. It disgusts me no end.

    • PesachPatriot

      I can usually feel my brain cells shriveling up and dying when I’m exposed to rap(e) music…

  • Bill E. BOBB

    how often do you read a story about a blak walking our streets with 10, 20 arrests on his record? I saw 5 just tonight, that’s blak privilege, you rarely read about a white getting arrested with 10 serious crimes on his record because after the first two he is in prison for a long long time. catch and release is strictly a blak privilege!

    • Geo1metric

      You are law enforcement?

  • silviosilver

    Good for you. But this article defended Jewishness, not whiteness.

  • FeuerSalamander

    “I see your “White Privilege” card but my “persecuted jewish minority card” trumps it!

  • White people – in America and Europe – should know that it is their ancestors that build great societies that exist today. Africans, Middle Easterners, and Asians are still failing to copy the Western societies.

    • FeuerSalamander

      China aborted hundreds of millions of babies in an attempt to replicate it. Japan replicated it, but is now dying as it clashes so greatly with their inborn nature that they have lost their will to live.

  • FeuerSalamander

    we do , it is called…. get ready…. brace yourself …… “WORK”……. and the negroes run screaming out of the room faster than if you just went after them with a standard comb!

  • Reverend Bacon

    This had to happen: the liberals are upset. They claim they have refuted it, but they do it by telling him that his opinion isn’t valid. They make no substantive points.

    http://www.columbiaspectator.com/eye/2014/05/01/uncheck-your-privilege

  • rockmanr

    It is all a power grab by non whites. They want money and power by creating guilt in whites. The guilt can be exploited without end. Shout racism and white folk are supposed to cower as a conditioned reflex holding out money.

  • Dale McNamee

    Great article !
    But, those who need to read it won’t… They don’t want their “utopian” illusions challenged and destroyed…
    “Content of Character” is ignored by non-whites in “discussions” of “race”…

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    As much as I enjoyed him flipping the bird at the White Privilege whiners, their response will simply be, “oh, we didn’t mean that Jews have White Privilege!”

    • Brady

      Actually that’s exactly what they meant when they told him to check his privilege. Anyway, I’ve yet to hear any black militant or La Raza type who views Jews more favorably than other whites. If anything, they view them in a worse light.

      • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

        You appear to be under the impression that babble about “White Privilege” comes mainly or solely from blacks and browns. This is not the case.

  • MrMagog

    he is playing his “baltic-Prussian” suffering card to try and trump everyone else. His suffering does not give his argument credibility.