Beck Site Flips Out About Army Seminar on White Privilege

Beck Site Flips Out About Army Seminar on White Privilege April 7, 2015

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.

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  • John Pieret

    That should be instant UCMJ and Dishonorable Discharge

    Exactly what provision of the UCMJ outlaws any opinion other than yours, numbnutz?

    The military is probably better at race relations than our society as a whole, but that ain’t exactly a high bar.

  • dugglebogey

    Ironically, those who reacted that way need to learn about white privilege…like from a seminar or some such method.

  • That his black friends kept getting pulled over by the police on the way to the fishing and the restaurants and the clubs while he wasn’t, well, stop being a racist by bringing that up!

  • teele

    True story: who needs white privilege when ya got male privilege goin’ for ya?

  • If they’d walked out on an official Army event, they would have been busted hard for it.

    To be fair, they were dismissed first.

  • David Eriksen

    Wow! A topic where I have relevant expert (?) knowledge.

    I am an Equal Opportunity Leader for the Army, amongst many other things. One of my jobs is teaching classes like this. That being said, this is not a Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) approved presentation. I agree that every word of it is true but we are constrained in the materials we’re allowed to use. I find that frustrating but it’s that way for a reason and I won’t be surprised if this leads to a Congressional investigation.

    EOLs are currently banned from giving classes on Hate Groups because of a similar situation a few years ago. Someone gave a class that listed groups that were more in line with the SPLC than DOD and there were a lot of complaints. Congress got involved and now that training is given by security personnel and only mentions local gangs.

    I’d like to think that my Unit wouldn’t react this way to the same lecture but I can easily think of a few that would have emailed a congresscritter before leaving the lecture hall.

    P.S. I agree with Ed that Truelove’s story is likely false. I wouldn’t be surprised if he never actually served. EEO is for civilians.

  • lofgren

    I’ll believe in white privilege when I don’t have to spend my days slaving over a hot oven baking homocakes.

  • lofgren, in commiseration I’d bring you some flowers, but the all the gay weddings cleared out my shop. Well, just the one gay wedding, actually. Those gayhomos sure do love floral arrangements.

  • scienceavenger

    White privilege does not mean that no non-white person can ever achieve anything over a white person.

    This black-and-white mindset was clearly revealed in some person-on-the-street Fox interviews, where they asked people (I paraphrase from memory) “Can a black person in America achieve anything a white person can?” Well of course they all said “yes”, which Fox presented as refuting the white-priviledge premise, but it doesn’t because its the wrong question. A better question would be “Does a black person in America have the same likelihood of success as a white person given the same background and effort?”, and the social science says the answer to that is a resounding NO! Thus, white priviledge.

    I’d love to hear Tim Wilson Jr. quoted above if he believes the black and hispanic officers he mentions put forth just as much effort as similarly ranked white officers. I’d also love to hear what they had to say about it.

  • Ranzoid

    this is probably the face book page they where talking about.