|"Where's yo wristband, honkey?" (From Resist.com)|
Fast forward to Wisconsin in 2013. An official state agency appeared to be "encouraging" white students to wear white wristbands as a reminder about white privilege. VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), one of several programs in which the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) participates, decided to target white students who become volunteers working for them. They published a series of suggestions for high schools students to become more racially sensitive. The suggestions included:
• Wear a white wristband as a reminder about your privilege, and as a personal commitment to explain why you wear the wristband.
• Set aside sections of the day to critically examine how privilege is working.
• Put a note on your mirror or computer screen as a reminder to think about privilege.
As expected, cyberspace erupted, with sharp criticism redounding from Stormfront, Townhall, Gateway Pundit, American Renaissance, and Free Republic. Many commenters had enough historical perspective to make the connection between white wristbands for Whites and yellow stars for Jews. Stung by the criticism, the Wisconsin DPI subsequently issued a clarification. Here's the important part of their statement:
First and foremost, and to be absolutely clear, no DPI official has asked, requested, or encouraged any school district, educator, or student to wear any wristband, and none of our VISTA volunteers have had any children put on any wristbands. To be clear, no Wisconsin students were given white wristbands.
Wisconsin DPI further explained that the material about the white wristbands was not covered/discussed in a training VISTA volunteers received -— training which was conducted by an outside (non-DPI) group. At the end of a training session, a packet of additional resources was offered by the trainers as the volunteers left. Subsequently, that entire resource packet was posted to the VISTA web site. However, Wisconsin DPI did not address criticism about the fact that they also sponsor CREATE Wisconsin, an on-going cultural sensitivity teacher-training program that focuses largely on "whiteness" and "white privilege." EAGNews will be exploring this issue further; here's a short video from them:
Political Outcast effectively sums up this "privilege" nonsense, which is simply designed to create groups of outcasts and pariahs for eternal persecution. Progressives believe in leveling society not just by bringing some people up, but bringing others down. This type of thinking led to the Holocaust in Germany, the Holodomor in the Soviet Union, and the abuses under Mao Zedong in China and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Genocide is the ultimate outcome of class warfare:
Blacks are oppressed, and whites are inherently racist. Homosexuals are oppressed, and straight people are inherently homophobic. Females are oppressed, and males are inherently sexist. You get the idea. They throw terms around like “white privilege,” “male privilege” and “straight privilege.” What do they mean by “privilege” anyway?
In part, this is how they define privilege:
-- the set of unearned advantages a person gets (you get) for some perceived trait a person possesses (you possess).
-- the set of unwarranted disadvantages you don’t suffer under, but other people suffer.
They explain that if you’re born white, then you’re born a racist:
-- if you have white privilege, you will be racist.
-- if you have male privilege, you will do sexist things.
-- if you have straight privilege, you will contribute to the atmosphere of homophobia
-- if you are able-bodied, you will say things that exclude and other disabled people.
-- this is true even if you are anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic, etc. you can be against a thing, and still be/do that thing.
-- there is no escape from your privilege.