I've been meeting more and more of these people, mostly women, who cannot seem to stop talking about how I have various forms of privilege and I should somehow be ashamed of it.
It started more than 2 years ago, when I still lived in eastern europe, when I didn't know anything about cultural marxism and critical theory yet, but right away I smelled bullshit.
The thing is, I still don't know how to talk with these people. I don't think I've improved much compared to my first encounter, which essentially ended in my just laughing at them saying that I love my apparent "privilege" and why should I give it back.
I tried explaining to them that viewing the world in terms of privileges given to you based on your membership in some group is just a way to divide people, not fix anything, but that doesn't work.
What arguments do you use when you talk to people who see the whole world through privilege tinted glasses?
Some I've tried:
- My "privilege" is not unearned, I've worked hard for my education and career, I wasn't given it because I'm white.
- My ancestors built up the country they lived in because they wanted a better world for their children and their children. How can that be bad?
- Just because some white people excel in a mostly white society, doesn't mean it's because of racism, that's a false equivalence.
- How can I be favoured for a job position because I'm white in a country that's 98% white anyway?
I guess I was typing too fast...