• Joanne Jacobs

Cognitive Privilege

If a certain snowflake gets his/her/its/their way, being intelligent will be the next thing you should feel guilty about:

The Daily Iowan revealed the discovery of this new privilege earlier this week. Garden-variety white privilege “is an important topic that deserves a public discussion,” the op-ed on “cognitive privilege” explains, but it is also “prudent to at least mention the wider concept contained therein: that of privilege itself.” Privilege in general is “the receipt of certain benefits wholly through accident of birth and it is “undeniable that privilege itself is a reality,” the student newspaper explains. As with skin color and much else, Daily Iowan author Dan Williams argues, people have no control over how smart they are… “Consequently, you have nothing to be proud of for being smart.”

I guess Olympians and professional athletes have nothing to be proud of, either.

The important question to ask, then, is, Is there anything (besides not being a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant capitalist) about which someone should be proud?

On a related note, “education” and “merit” aren’t the same thing.

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