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Princeton University freshman Tal Fortgang is everything that’s wrong with white male privilege. Fortgang wrote an essay for Princeton’s school paper on why he would “never apologize” for his white privilege, and Time magazine picked it up and viral it went.

Fortgang told about his family’s history of success despite their struggles, and he’s tired of people telling him to “check his privilege”.

“I am privileged that values like faith and education were passed along to me. My grandparents played an active role in my parents’ education, and some of my earliest memories included learning the Hebrew alphabet with my Dad,” Fortgang writes. “It’s been made clear to me that education begins in the home, and the importance of parents’ involvement with their kids’ education — from mathematics to morality — cannot be overstated. It’s not a matter of white or black, male or female or any other division which we seek, but a matter of the values we pass along, the legacy we leave, that perpetuates ‘privilege.’ And there’s nothing wrong with that.”

So in Fortgang’s world, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, all you have to do is “do good” and you’ll succeed. Forget about all of the internal racism that still exists in the world, It’s all your minds, y’all.

From Time:

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.

The truth is, though, that I have been exceptionally privileged in my life, albeit not in the way any detractors would have it.
It has been my distinct privilege that my grandparents came to America. First, that there was a place at all that would take them from the ruins of Europe. And second, that such a place was one where they could legally enter, learn the language, and acclimate to a society that ultimately allowed them to flourish.

It was their privilege to come to a country that grants equal protection under the law to its citizens, that cares not about religion or race, but the content of your character.

Must be nice to be white and delusional and privileged. Let me borrow some of that for a day or two.

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  • SimplePseudonym

    Ah, to be 18 and know nothing outside of your suburb. Hopefully, he uses this time in college to explore and learn more about how the world works.

    As a side note, I notice that a lot of Jewish people like to enjoy white privilege and their ability to “blend in” with Christian white Americans (which was the whole purpose of the Jewish Reform Movement) on a regular basis, but are quick to claim to be non-white, Jewish people (when Ashkenazi Jews are actually white Jewish people which is why they can “blend in” with Christian white people in the first place) and claim to stand out when it’s convenient for them to claim that the world is out to get them or that they are just as oppressed as black and brown people in this country.

    • XtreeemMetalman

      Askenazi Jews were still not WASPS, they came from the Eastern Europe in early 1900’s, with Poles, Spainards, Italians, Russians, Greeks.

    • XtreeemMetalman

      Why is it so hard for you to understand that it is possible to be that Askenazi Jews are from Eastern Europe but they were always segregated and ghettos and different from the rest of the population? That Jewish Americans with names like Goldstein and Abrahamoff and Levi and Kagan?

  • I wouldn’t have cared if he said he’s privileged, proud and lucky. but to say , “Assuming they’ve benefitted from “power systems” or other conspiratorial imaginary institutions denies them credit ” . Proves to me that he actually knows nothing about privilege or what it means.

    • XtreeemMetalman

      Surely with the knowledge of the Civil Rights Act, the forcible end of Segregation, Urbanization of Black People, and Hate Crime Laws, you will not deny that racism has gotten less potent and less threatening? Other issues such as explosion of Drug Addiction and Criminal Violence occured in the 1980s, years after the end of Segregation. These are different kinds of issues. This is economic capitalist exploitation and severe poverty. It is not the same as Klansman, but it is just as problematic.

      By focusing on the Racism, instead of on the Capitalism, when the racism is less potent and existent by far, is a problem. There needs to be Social Organizing and so forth. Al Sharpton has changed his role from Black Rabble-Rouser throughout the 1990’s to the Liberal Activist by joining MSNBC!

    • James Synkgar

      why is it when a black fails its racism, but when he succeeds its personal achievement?
      when a white fails it is personal failure, but when he succeeds its white privilege.

  • 1Viewer

    It’s easy for him to say. He needs to read a book like Black Like Me.