A reader sent me a link to the United Way’s 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge and while reading through “equity journey”, “How White Parents Can Talk to the Kids About Race”, “Racial Equity Unwrapped” and “White Privilege” I realized something. Besides the silliness of it all, the “daily effects of white privilege” could be applied to liberals – because labels and stuff.
In Peggy McIntosh’s “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”, which was day 12’s content, the author gathered a list of thoughts and actions that indicate how privileged white people are versus their minority brethren. In my adaptation of that section, I pull together similar thoughts and actions showing liberal privilege versus their conservative counterparts.
Liberal Privilege or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Hate Conservatives
- I can place a liberal-aligned bumper sticker on my car without fear that someone may vandalize the vehicle or the home where I park it.
- I can watch any news program, awards show, or Netflix series confident that my liberal ideas will never be seriously challenged or maligned. (Study: Pretty Much All Of Journalism Now Leans Left)
- If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing inside a major city where my ideas are accepted and echoed.
- I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me.
- I can go shopping wearing hats or t-shirts supporting my political candidate, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed. (Covington Catholic Boys, harassment of conservatives in restaurants, etc)
- I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my ideology widely and positively represented.
- When I am taught about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that liberals made it what it is.
- I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that only promote liberal ideals.
- I can be pretty sure of having my voice heard in a group in which I am the only liberal.
- I can be casual about whether or not to listen to another person’s voice in a group in which s/he is the only conservative.
- I do not have to educate my children to be aware of systemic bias against their way of thinking – because it doesn’t exist.
- I can be pretty sure that my children’s teachers and employers will tolerate them if they fit school and workplace norms; my chief worries about them do not concern others’ attitudes toward their liberalism.
- I can swear, or dress in second-hand clothes, or not answer letters, without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals of my party.
- If the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my ideology. (Lois Lerner IRS targeting of Conservatives, 2013)
- I can easily buy posters, post-cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys and children’s magazines featuring liberals knowing that conservative books and magazines are systematically being removed from society.
- I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong to feeling somewhat tied in, rather than isolated, out-of-place, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance or feared.
- I can be pretty sure that an argument with a conservative colleague is more likely to jeopardize her/his chances for advancement than to jeopardize mine.
- If I declare there is a political issue at hand, or there isn’t a political issue at hand, liberalism will lend me more credibility for either position than a conservative would have.
- My liberalism gives me little fear about ignoring the perspectives and powers of conservatives.
- If my day, week or year is going badly, it’s never my fault.
- I can think over many options, social, political, imaginative or professional, without asking whether a liberal would be accepted or allowed to do what I want to do.
- I can choose public accommodation without fearing that liberals cannot get in or will be mistreated in the places I have chosen (harassment of conservatives in restaurants).
- I can arrange my activities so that I will never have to experience feelings of rejection owing to my ideology.
- I can easily find academic courses and institutions which give attention to liberals.
- I can expect figurative language and imagery in all of the arts to testify to the experiences of liberals.
- I can travel alone or with my spouse while wearing pro-Democrat clothing without expecting embarrassment or hostility in those who deal with us.
- I have no difficulty finding neighborhoods where people approve of my household.
- I will feel welcomed and “normal” in the usual walks of public life, institutional and social.
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