We all have elements of privilege of which we are heirs. This is NOT a crime and should NOT be the raison d’etre for apology. We should strive to make the most of our privilege, and be worthy of it.
Does a native-born Chinese have privilege in China because he or she knows the culture, language and has familial ties? I would hope so.
Does a black man from a well-off family in Nairobi have privilege in Kenya? Yep.
Laying collective guilt at the feet of an ethnic group or race is inexcusable; it is certainly a view that has no place in free democratic societies.
Singling out race-based or socioeconomic privilege is NOT speaking truth to power; it has its roots in bigotry & racism.
It is the same ideology that fueled murderous acts of collectivists in the communist revolutions of Russia & China.
The toxic ideology continues, now masquerading in softer cloth as social justice, Intersectionality and identity politics. Proponents can no longer overtly defend the record of socialism/communism in 20th century; so now they must tone down the rhetoric.
As Orwell alludes to, the socialists didn’t really love the poor as much as they hated the rich.
It is time to call out identity politics, charges of White Privilege and the toxic ideology that underpins it; it’s time we learned the painful lessons the bloody social experiments of the 20th Century.
We can do better. It’s time to rediscover the sovereignty of the individual in the tradition of Chydenius, Locke and Bastiat.