Speaking of whiteness
Boomshock has e-mail from a whiteness studies professor, who misses the point.
Update: John Derbyshire mocks the privilege walk. As a working-class Brit and an immigrant, he ends up qualifying as a victim of white patriarchal oppression.
9. If you studied the culture of your ancestors in elementary school, take one step forward. (+1. My own children, currently in U.S. public schools, are not so privileged. Their history lessons thus far have featured mainly Sacagawea, Pocahontas, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman. I am sure those were all worthy people; but I suspect that my kids are acquiring the impression that there were no white folk at all in the United States until John F. Kennedy descended from the sky in a golden chariot.). . .
11. If there were more than 50 books in your house when you grew up, take one step forward. (+1. When I was a kid, poor people of an unsocial temperament either drank a lot or read a lot. Hardly ever both — it’s difficult to read when you’re pickled. My family were mostly readers.). . .
14. If one of your parents was unemployed or laid off, not by choice, take one step back. (?1. If I got one step back for every time my Dad was laid off, I’d be in the next county. He was well-nigh unemployable. “A difficult man,” was what everyone said. “He couldn’t take orders,” was my mother’s explanation.) . . .
17. If you were told that you were beautiful, smart, and capable by your parents, take one step forward. (0. These blinkered idiots don’t know jack about any culture outside late-20th-century middle-class America. My parents, or any other English parents, would no more have thought to say such things to me than they would have thought of embracing me and murmuring: “I love you, Johnnie.” If they had done either, I would have called the police.)
Americans, of all colors and most ethnicities, tend to be more effusive than English parents. Is it white privilege — or even plain old privilege — to be praised by one’s parents? Michael Lopez doesn’t think so.
Mean Mr. Mustard disrupted his Berkeley orientation by suggesting that diversity of opinion was in short supply. He didn’t bring up the need for more bisexual Eskimos either. It was doubleplusungood.