[Ed. – Isn’t everything that white people do or are involved in white privilege?]
For most everyone else, the massive fundraising response to the fire at Notre Dame was a stirring, patriotic, and charitable reaction to a cultural tragedy. For some, however, it’s an example of everything wrong — ranging from class warfare to ethnic identity and all points in between. The Washington Post mulls over whether French billionaires coming to the rescue of a French national wonder doesn’t amount to “white privilege” and upper-crust snootery:
“Of course, I find it nice, this solidarity,” said Ingrid Levavasseur, a leader of the yellow vest movement that has protested inequality in a series of often violent Saturday demonstrations since mid-November. The stream of donations essentially confirmed the movement’s broader social critique, Levavasseur said.
“If they can give tens of millions to rebuild Notre Dame, then they should stop telling us there is no money to help with the social emergency,” Philippe Martinez, head of the CGT trade union, said on Wednesday.
The cash flow has also furrowed brows abroad, with critics emphasizing that destroyed landmarks in non-Western locales — like the ancient sites destroyed by the Islamic State in Syria — have hardly inspired such a global groundswell.