If you’re white, male, Christian, able-bodied, and/or etc., head to the back of the line

If you’re white, male, Christian, able-bodied, and/or etc., head to the back of the line

The latest bit of social justice warfare comes out of Appalachian State University in North Carolina. On Friday, a student group posted a “privilege board” on campus. The board contains descriptions with check boxes, including white, male, able-bodied, Christian, and cisgender. The more boxes you check off, the more privileged you are.

The Daily Mail notes:

The board’s existence, which was first reported last year by the web site Campus Reform, has conservatives outraged over what they perceive as the singling out of one religious group as well as the imposition of a political point of view on unsuspecting students.

The board first surfaced last year in a residence hall, but now it has been placed in a more prominent location with greater exposure to students.

[…]

The App State controversy is a continuation of a campaign that first originated at the University of San Francisco [USF], where professors disseminated fliers that urged the public to ‘look at all the privileges I haven’t checked.’

Image: University of San Francisco
Image: University of San Francisco

Ja’Nina Walker, a psychology professor USF, is one of the intiators of the campaign. She explained in an interview with the San Francisco Foghorn that the goal was to get students to “recognize the structural inequalities around them.” She added:

We just hope that people use this as an opportunity to think critically about the world around them and challenge themselves to really consider the implications of structural inequalities and how they, as an individual, can help mitigate the negative effects of social inequalities.

The Daily Mail emphasizes that this conscience-raising effort is widespread. Last spring, the article points out, over 1,500 students from across the country attended a “White Privilege Conference” in Philadelphia. The purpose was to provide support for those who might be “burned out from working to dismantle racism and white supremacy.”

A video of part of the proceedings appears below:

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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