The prevalence of this sort of arrogant nonsense is enough to make me question whether ANYONE should send their offspring away to college these days. “Higher education” in many instances seems to have become little more than a way to get parents to pay for the ideological harassment and indoctrination of their own children:
A bulletin board hung by a resident assistant in a primarily freshmen and sophomore dorm shames those who are have white, male, Christian, able-bodied, heterosexual, or cisgendered “privilege.”
“Why can’t I hold all this male privilege,” reads one meme on the bulletin board hanging at Appalachian State University.
“‘I don’t see color’ which also means I deny having white privilege,” reads another flier on the red board adorned with colorful puzzle pieces.
The fliers are products of the “Check Your Privilege” campaign started by three University of San Francisco professors, as previously reported by Campus Reform.
In other words, a Gramscian propaganda campaign of creating class, racial and gender envy as a precursor to revolution, started by some tenured (i.e. “employment privileged”) ivory-tower Marxists has spread from the Left Coast all the way to Appalachia. Just great. How, exactly, is this different from living in a totalitarian reeducation camp, also designed to tear down and rebuild your sense of self-identity?
I’ve had more than enough of this incitement to jealousy crap. So as a Christian white heterosexual able-bodied male (who also happens to be only the first in my family’s history to have gone to college, and not because my parents paid for it out of pocket), let me be blunt: everyone in America is living in the civilization my ancestors and their culture built. That you are doing so is a PRIVILEGE — one you were born to, the same as me. By virtue of being born in the USA, regardless the circumstances and challenges that accompanied it (and we each have our own), you are ALREADY better off than two-thirds of the people living on this planet! Try focusing on what you have instead of what you don’t, for a change.
This nation is not perfect (I defy you to find one that is), but tearing down a successful society because you want to obsess over past–or perceived–sins isn’t “enlightened.” It’s STUPID. It’s also stupid to reject–and actively fight against–the premises that made this nation what it is (i.e. self-reliance, self-restraint, family commitment, and that oft-derided “protestant work ethic”), and then claim those who held to them are somehow ‘privileged’ because their life choices produced better results. Try some applied science: if you don’t like your personal results, change your personal formulas! Don’t go trying to turn this land into the same sort of factionalized war-torn hellhole that predominates too much of our world already.
If these radical egalitarians put half the effort they do into this well poisoning into something useful to society, they might find their paycheck getting larger, among other social benefits. I realize being a normal working stiff isn’t as exciting as, say, role-playing Che Guevara, but you really ought to compare the likely outcomes of those two approaches to living (and dying) before making that choice.
If you REALLY believe you have no opportunity to succeed here — that society won’t let you have anything (I’m looking at YOU, Mr. College Student Resident Hall Advisor who draws a stipend), then GO SOMEWHERE ELSE! That’s another ‘privilege’ you have here that doesn’t exist in many of your favored national models — the ability to emigrate anytime you like. I’m sure your talents for cut-and-paste propaganda and antisocial energy would be eagerly welcomed in places like Cuba, Venezuela or, if you’re really ambitious, China.
They are NOT welcomed here!
Now that I’ve addressed this particular residence hall advisor, it’s time to ask Appalachian State: what the hell are you paying this kid for? To create a hostile living climate? How about focusing on something more practical, such as figuring out why nine of your students have died just in this school year alone — at least three ruled by suicide? There’s such a thing as challenging one to see things from a different perspective, and then there’s gross harassment and reverse bigotry, which, for all you know, may be part of your problem. If you consider this RA’s actions appropriate, then you should just come right out and say that Christians and Caucasians are not welcome on your campus. And families should plan accordingly — i.e. refuse to send their kids there. There are far too many educational choices available today to be willing to put up with such hostility, and parents need to be closely scrutinizing exactly what environment they are sending their kids into.
Sadly, as the spread of this ridiculous campaign shows, the problem isn’t just one university. Which is part of why the Oldest Musketeer is attending a community college, where students aren’t considered full-time suckers to pay for classes that focus on this sort of indoctrination. His mother and I are only too glad to have him continue living at home, so that if he does encounter such nonsense, there’s an antidote available that same day. And after working a year before starting classes, he’s paying as he goes, without taking out student loans to subsidize status symbols like the latest iGadget. When he finishes his degree, he’ll be debt free and have options. He’s going to school to learn a useful skill and become gainfully employed, not to become part of a revolutionary vanguard.
Though more and more, I worry he and his brothers may one day have to help put down the inevitable full fruits of this insanity that has infested our social institutions. Freedom, in the end, isn’t a privilege. You have to be willing to fight to have it — and to keep it.