Columnist: ‘I Checked My Privilege & It’s Doing Just Fine'
One man says he’s “checked his privilege,” and it’s just fine.
In a column, lawyer Kurt Schlichter responded to the “latest leftist insanity,” writing, in part:
Liberals have a new word for what normal people call “success.” They call it “privilege,” as if a happy, prosperous life is the result of some magic process related to where your great-great-great-grandfather came from.
It’s the latest leftist argument tactic, which means it is a tactic designed to prevent any argument and to beat you into rhetorical submission. Conservatives, don’t play their game.
It’s easy to see that this notion that accomplishment comes not from hard work but from some mysterious force, operating out there in the ether, is essential to liberal thought. To excuse the dole-devouring layabouts who form so much of the Democrat voting base, it is critical that they undermine the achievements of those who support themselves. We can’t have the American people thinking that hard work leads to success; people might start asking why liberal constituencies don’t just work harder instead of demanding more money from those who actually produce something.
This “Check your privilege” meme is the newest trump card du jour on college campuses and in other domains of progressive tyranny. It morphed into existence from the “You racist!” wolf-cry that is now so discredited that it produces little but snickers even among liberal fellow travelers. After all, if everyone is racist – and to the progressives, everyone is except themselves – then no one is really racist. And it’s kind of hard to take seriously being called “racist” by adherents of a political party that made a KKK kleagle its Senate majority leader.
Schlichter was on “Fox and Friends” this morning to discuss the meme, blasting it as un-American and immoral.
“It’s a way to grab the moral high ground that they don’t deserve by sticking the round peg that is you into a square hole. It’s based solely on where your great-great-great grandparents came from. It’s ridiculous,” he said.
Schlichter said he didn’t become a partner in a law firm because of where his great-great-great grandfather came from, noting that he started out mopping stalls in McDonald’s. He also said that he didn’t become a colonel because of his skin color but because he started out as a private 27 years ago.
“All of us have worked, all of us have achieved something,” he said. “That's how we measure character, that’s how we measure the value of a person. Not some arbitrary category imposed by a bunch of ponytail grad students who have taken too many gender study seminars.”
Watch the full interview above.