An EEO officer in the Army gave a diversity training seminar that touched on white privilege to a bunch of soldiers in Georgia recently and, predictably, the right wing is losing their minds over it. Glenn Beck’s The Blaze website strikes the inevitable tone of outrage:
The Equal Opportunity training presentation was shown to about 400 soldiers of the 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon on Thursday, according to Captain Lindsay Roman.
The portion of the program involved a slide projected on a screen entitled ”The Luxury of Obliviousness,” which listed elements of “white privilege.”
“Race privilege gives whites little reason to pay a lot of attention to African Americans or to how white privilege affects them. ‘To be white in American (sic) means not having to think about it,’” one bullet point read.
Both entirely true statements. But on Planet Wingnuttia, white people must be protected against facts that might upset their delicate feelings. So cue the freakout:
After an image of the slide was posted to a Facebook page, the reaction was swift and pointed.
“That should be instant UCMJ and Dishonorable Discharge for the instructor who deviated in this manner,” George Stevens wrote.
Yeah, that’s rational.
“Pretty sick of hearing about white privilege. Nearly my entire chain of command and NCO support channel have been Hispanic or black since I joined,” Tim Wilson Jr. added.
Good for you. Now if that had anything whatsoever to do with the concept of privilege, you might have a point. But it doesn’t. White privilege does not mean that no non-white person can ever achieve anything over a white person. Maybe you should have paid attention at that seminar instead of clutching your pearls about it.
“True story: I went to a forced EEO class and the white female SSG said we white folks were a problem. I looked around the room and everyone of every race were rolling their eyes,” Scott Hampton Truelove recalled. “We of all races went fishing, eating out, having BBQs, went to the club, together. We all never had a problem with race. We as a group stood up and walked out. She was cutting into our beer drinking time.”
I’d be willing to bet that isn’t a true story. If they’d walked out on an official Army event, they would have been busted hard for it.