A white college student who doesn’t believe in the existence of racism or white supremacy wrote an essay about why he would never apologize for white privilege.
Tal Fortgang says that he’s tired of being told to “check his privilege” by others at his college.
Here’s an excerpt of the essay that was published in TIME magazine:
The phrase, handed down by my moral superiors, descends recklessly, like an Obama-sanctioned drone, and aims laser-like at my pinkish-peach complexion, my maleness, and the nerve I displayed in offering an opinion rooted in a personal Weltanschauung. “Check your privilege,” they tell me in a command that teeters between an imposition to actually explore how I got where I am, and a reminder that I ought to feel personally apologetic because white males seem to pull most of the strings in the world. […]
That’s the problem with calling someone out for the “privilege” which you assume has defined their narrative. You don’t know what their struggles have been, what they may have gone through to be where they are. Assuming they’ve benefitted from “power systems” or other conspiratorial imaginary institutions denies them credit for all they’ve done, things of which you may not even conceive. You don’t know whose father died defending your freedom. You don’t know whose mother escaped oppression. You don’t know who conquered their demons, or may still conquering them now.
Through his essay, Fortgang doubles down on his belief that his achievements have nothing to do with his status as a white male in America. he ends his essay with, “I have checked my privilege. And I apologize for nothing.”
Read the entire essay here.
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