“Although I know I am setting myself up for abuse, this is NOT an article about poor white men feeling like they’re under attack. … I care about the same agenda supported by many of those people who throw ‘check your privilege’ around like it’s some magical defense against the dark arts…”
3 Ways ‘Checking Your Privilege’ Never Fixed Anything

#3. “Check Your Privilege” Makes Assumptions
In a very odd way, “check your privilege” is kind of racist, because it assumes someone’s background dictates their opinions. Of course, we are all products of environments, but do you really think you can sum up someone’s entire argument, if not existence, by referring to their background? You may not call it their race, gender, orientation, or social stratus. You call it their “privilege,” but, ultimately, that’s just code for saying, “Hey, your opinions are wrong because you’re ___.”
Aside from the dangers of assuming someone is privileged based on appearance, you’re also assuming that background leads to only one conclusion. You’re judging someone based on where they’re from. Assuming why they believe what they believe. It’s behavior beneath the dignity of someone who allegedly cares about prejudice and discrimination.

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“Although I know I am setting myself up for abuse, this is NOT an article about poor white men feeling like they’re under attack. … I care about the same agenda supported by many of those people who throw ‘check your privilege’ around like it’s some magical defense against the dark arts…”

3 Ways ‘Checking Your Privilege’ Never Fixed Anything

#3. “Check Your Privilege” Makes Assumptions

In a very odd way, “check your privilege” is kind of racist, because it assumes someone’s background dictates their opinions. Of course, we are all products of environments, but do you really think you can sum up someone’s entire argument, if not existence, by referring to their background? You may not call it their race, gender, orientation, or social stratus. You call it their “privilege,” but, ultimately, that’s just code for saying, “Hey, your opinions are wrong because you’re ___.”

Aside from the dangers of assuming someone is privileged based on appearance, you’re also assuming that background leads to only one conclusion. You’re judging someone based on where they’re from. Assuming why they believe what they believe. It’s behavior beneath the dignity of someone who allegedly cares about prejudice and discrimination.

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