The "Progressive" Left, however, is not interested in everybody playing by the same rules and being judged by the same standards. Adherents have produced out of whole cloth the notion of "White Privilege". As you can see in the image below, here is how White Privilege theory answers the assertions that anybody can be racist or sexist:
Minorities2 cannot be racist and women3 cannot be sexist, because they "do not hold political, economic, and institutional power".In essence, whites (especially white males) have a stranglehold on political, economic, and institutional power, and whites employ that power to oppress women and ethnic minorities -- even without consciously meaning to. The oppressors enjoy all of the privileges of being in the oppressor class, and they jealously guard all of the privileges they enjoy.
So you see, if you're white -- especially a white male -- the deck has been stacked against you. These terms have been subverted to exclude the possibility of any opposing viewpoint. Suggestion: if you find yourself in a debate with a Progressive over one of these issues, let them know you refuse to engage them until they prove to your satisfaction that White Privilege is an actual thing.
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1 Progressives are pushing hard on the notion of gender fluidity4 nowadays, and that would seem to render the whole notion of sexism moot...wouldn't it? Sexism seems to imply binary gender.
2 Many Progressives exclude Asians from the ethnic minority status (witness the active attempts to discriminate against them in California public universities), because for the most part they refuse to act like they're oppressed.
3 White women have the dubious honor of being both oppressor and oppressed, depending on the topic of the moment.
4 (Wow, a footnote on a footnote!) Many Progressives define the "oppressor" class as white heterosexual males to allow white sexual minorities to be counted as oppressed in some circumstances.