"descends recklessly, like an Obama-sanctioned drone"
May 3, 2014 5:54 AM Subscribe
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In the past month since publishing his essay, "Checking My Privilege: Character as the Basis of Privilege
," Princeton freshman Tal Fortgang
has become a hero
of many in right-wing politics for his refusal to believe that he enjoys privilege.
The Daily Princetonian: What "check your privilege" really means
: What privilege means is being able to confidently enter any social sphere without fear of rejection. Privilege means never questioning the bias of the feedback and grading you receive from your professors or employers. Privilege means living your life free from consideration and hyper-awareness of your race, gender or sexuality.
: Either way, he is still a college freshman with much to learn about the way privilege and oppression actually work in the world. I was 25 years old before I even heard the word intersectionality, largely due to the fact that straight, white, cisgender men get the most attention in the history and philosophy books.
: The fact that family history and other factors that influence a person’s station in society are often ignored in favor of skin tone just speaks to how reductionist our understanding of identity can be.