On yesterday morning’s talk show with Chris Baker, a young man called and said he was a member of his college senate. They had just voted funds to send representatives to the White Privilege Conference being held in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Baker, a conservative host, was floored by this idea. I thought at first it must be a characterization of a conference and not an actual name. I was wrong.
Sure enough, this is the 11th Annual White Privilege Conference and it is presented by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I was aghast. How could a taxpayer funded university fund a blatantly and obviously racist conference with such a ridiculous name? How could a Student Senate of a college vote to spend their student fees on supporting such an endeavor? So, I dove a little deeper.
According to the conference literature, the White Privilege Conference; “is a conference that examines the challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team-building strategies to work toward a more equitable world.”
So, the conference is supposed to raise awareness on what is privilege and oppression and what should be done about it. The next question would be, what is this ‘white privilege’. Answer, “Privilege exists when one group has something of value that is denied to others simply because of the groups they belong to, rather than because of anything they’ve done or failed to do.” So, these people are supposing that ‘whites’ have something that is denied to other groups simply because of skin color. They are given ‘something of value’ and that ‘something’ is not given to others of different skin color.
So, what are these nebulous, fantastic ‘things’ that white people, whoever they are, that are denied ‘non-white’ people. Well, according to an article from last year’s conference, some of these things include:
♦I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.
♦If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race.
♦I can talk with my mouth full and not have people put this down to my color.
♦I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed. – Peggy McIntosh – Wellesley College Center
My goodness. Those are certainly important ‘things’ to have. However, since Ms. McIntosh seems to be a paranoid schizophrenic, as far as race is concerned, it is quite difficult to ascertain whether these invaluable ‘things’ are actual ‘things’ or just figments of her overactive and suspicious mind.
But, even if we take her word for these priceless ‘things’ that ‘whites’ have that ‘non-whites do not, is this really a productive game to play. Should we really presume that other people are really so fixated on race that they participate in this kind of ‘us versus them’ game while shopping at the grocery store or cashing a check at the bank? What good comes of this racial attack on people with less melatonin in their skin? Well, Gary Howard, another contributor to last year’s conference explains this insidious viciousness ‘whites’ carry around inside them.
“Whites need to acknowledge and work through the negative historical implications of ‘Whiteness’ and create for ourselves a transformed identity as White people committed to equality and social change. Our goal is neither to defy or denigrate Whiteness, but to difuse (sic) its destructive power.” from ‘We can’t teach what we can’t know, white teachers, multiracial schools’
So, skin color itself is deeply enriched with a kind of Western poison, according to Howard, that clings to us like a kind of stink. We carry this contagion and spread it around because of our ‘history’ and so must rid ourselves of this stigmata and sickness. In fact, ‘white’ people are not merely stained with their history of oppression and abuse, they are actually without a real history.
Tim Wise, another conference contributor, writes; “In the process of becoming white, European Americans lost much of their culture and history. We disowned an intimate understanding of where we came from and how we came to be.” In other words, ‘whites’ are without a back story or an origin. White people are rudderless and lost because of ‘the process of becoming white.’ I’m not sure what white people were before. Perhaps we were green or orange and then during the time we oppressed all these people we turned white. Or, maybe we forgot our heritage because we were so busy whipping people and stealing their land. We dropped our story book along the way and so are now with a history or background.
Of course this line of thinking is just replacing the word ‘white’ for ‘capitalist’ or ‘greedy capitalist’ to use the leftist lingo properly. Furthermore, this conference “is not a conference designed to attack, degrade or beat up on white folks,” as the flyer argues. Instead, it is simply another left wing socialist propaganda summit meant to guilt white people into twisting themselves into pretzels over imaginary racial issues and become card carrying socialist agitators.
This group is nothing less than a far left attack machine on capitalism, Western philosophy, liberty, independent thought, and does so through the prism of race. I would argue, this kind of racial battering is not a positive development regardless of the intention. It is meant to belittle and cow white Americans into submitting to socialist reasoning.
And we are funding this madness. Perhaps, you’d like to know who some of their sponsors are, other than our publicly funded universities. Last year the YWCA, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Sierra Club, the City of Memphis [Where it was held] and my alma mater, Augsburg College in Minneapolis. All these fine upstanding institutions supported this drivel with their money and name.
I, for one, am sickened by this ridiculous waste of time, money, and minds. They are completely within their rights to say whatever crap they’d like, but I will surely speak out against it.
If you can stomach more, go here and see for yourself.