Let’s have a talk about “privilege”

“Check your privilege.” One simple phrase, yet it embodies so much arrogance and condescension. In a quest to see who can prove the most awareness and deepest expression of their white liberal guilt over things previous generations inflicted upon other groups, this catchphrase has become a shorthand insult to disqualify someone else from participating in the conversation, ostensibly because they were born in fortunate circumstances. It’s a sad, pithy, and petty approach, a “personal insult posing as social critique” as The Atlantic put it. It’s also ineffective at actually making…