Posts Tagged ‘privilege’


The British analytical group, More in Common (“founded in memory of [British MP] Jo Cox [murdered by a neo-Nazi]”), reports that the vast majority of Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture.

The study has design problems, such as considering no political positions to the left of “progressive activists,” and defining “PC culture” only in terms of language. (Obviously, it goes far beyond this.)

Still, the study has some value. Among other things, it reveals that a full 80% of Americans (including 75% of Afro-Americans and 88% of Native Americans) “dislike” PC language and consider it a problem. As well, the single group most likely to view PC jargon favorably — though only a third do so — is “progressive activists,” 8% of the total population, who are overwhelmingly white, earn over $100K per year, and are most likely to hold advanced degrees.

In other words, “the liberal elite,” those most likely to control “progressive” media outlets (such as, to fairly single them out, Alternet), and to indulge in the use of PC terminology.

And PC terminology is to all appearances not intended to unite the oppressed against the common ultra-rich enemy, but to give its users a warm feeling of self-congratulation on being enlightened, morally superior, above the rest of us. It’s in-group, self-identifying, and self-congratulatory jargon.

Think about it for a moment. How many people do you know who use terms like “woke,” “people of color,” “white privilege,” “privileged”? I’ve lived for nearly 30 years in a barrio where maybe 25% of the people are white, and I have never heard any of my Mexican or black neighbors, or my poor white neighbors, use these or similar terms. Never. Over damn near 30 years. Never.

“Progressive activists” are not speaking the language of the people. They may want to shame people into using their jargon, but they are not speaking the language of the people.

It’s time for the “progressive” left to stop patting themselves on the back. It’s time for them to stop using jargon that alienates people. (Try telling someone who’s making minimum wage, spending 50% of their income on rent, has no health insurance, and can’t come up with $500 cash to cover an emergency, that they’re “privileged” because of the color of their skin — see how far that gets you; see how far that goes in building coalitions to build solidarity, to improve life for all.)

The PC left is a curse, navel-gazers intent on proving to themselves how virtuous they are in comparison to us unenlightened plebes, especially through use of their in-group jargon. They’re an ongoing disaster.

If the left is ever to make real progress in this country, to make concrete policies to benefit all, it won’t be through using bizarre jargon that plays into the hands of Trump’s “very fine people.” It’ll be through talking about economic policies that benefit all of us.


Yeah. Prii9ilege. That’s what I keep hearing from PC types. If it’s “privilege,” it’sIn the same sense as someone who’s in prison being pissed on by his guards is “privileged” in comparison to another prisoner who’s being shit on by his guards. That’s “privilege.”

I’d bet money that none of the PC assholes on Alternet,The Guardian, etc. who use that term  have ever done a day of manual labor in their entire lives. I’d bet money that they’ve never been down against it — never been  out on the streets without the bucks to pay for a room, having to get a job–any job–just to pay the rent . . . not being able to pay for basic medical care  . . . Yeah. They call all of us who are white  in those circumstances “privileged.”

Let ’em do some concrete or hot-roof work for months on end and then call themselves “privileged.”

How dare they pass judgment on us? How dare they frame the terms of debate so that it assumes their “privilege” is the same as those of us who have been shat on our entire lives?? How dare they put it in racial terms? How dare they pretend that  economic issues are racial issues?

The ultra-PC writers who condescend to and attack the white working class should just go screw themselves

They’re worse than useless.

If we’re ever going to get anywhere, get out of this artificial hellhole called the U.S. economy, we need to talk about economic justice, not race guilt-tripping.