The worst thing about the liberal grievance industry is that it steals all the joy out of life. To those who find militant feminism, the LGBT movement, and the new civil rights organizations ridiculous, that joy ebbs and flows depending on how often one has to look at their propaganda or encounter one of their denizens. In a good month, those moments will be few.
But for the people who actually buy into these poisonous ideologies, life is one long, endless drag.
When you hear about the posters hanging up at Appalachian State University – the ones that encourage non-minority students to “check their privilege” – the initial instinct is to feel loathing for the people who created and displayed the posters. But what we should really feel is pity. These young leftists are embarking on a painful journey, and it doesn’t have to be that way.
Unfortunately, all we can do is hope that others won’t be sucked into their cyclone of complaining.
The controversial poster invites any student who is white, male, able-bodied, Christian, heterosexual, or cis-gendered to “check their privilege” as they go along their busy academic day. In leftist-speak, this means that members of the above groups are given special rewards by society that are unavailable to those outside the group. When you hear about something-privilege, you’re supposed to stop and recall how these invisible benefits have shaped your life.
You know, if you’re bored or something.
If you want to give liberals the benefit of the doubt (which you should never do), you could take from these posters a valuable message. It never hurts to step away from the day-to-day stresses to remember that you are surrounded by blessings.
But that’s not the message, now is it? No, because “count your blessings” is valid advice for people of all races, religions, and sexual orientations. “Check your privilege,” on the other hand, is meant to make whites, Christians, and straight men into cartoon villains of the modern age – to blame for any and all misery suffered throughout the land.
The reason this little movement is so sad, though, is not because of whatever effect it has on members of the majority. It’s sad because it’s brainwashing young men and women of all “identities” to focus only on the injustices of the world. This may seem exciting and important when you’re just starting out, but constant exposure to this negativity will have a serious impact on your psyche given enough time. And given the absurd complaints of these minority groups, you’re not even sacrificing your mental health for a good cause.
They would do well to recognize their own privilege, which includes the ability to walk away from all of this nonsense and start living life.