Ah, the benefits of privilege
The Left loves to scream about “White Privilege”, so maybe they should face up to what Daniel Greenfield calls their Anger Privilege
If you want to know who has privilege in a society and who doesn’t, follow the anger.
The Left loves to play the victim, and they love to tell every group and sub-group that they are victims, but, in reality it is the Left that is constantly using “privilege” to excuse their deplorable behavior
There are people in this country who can safely express their anger. And those who can’t. If you’re
angry that Trump won, your anger is socially acceptable. If you were angry that Obama won, it wasn’t.
James Hodgkinson’s rage was socially acceptable. It continued to be socially acceptable until he crossed the line into murder. And he’s not alone. There’s Micah Xavier Johnson, the Black Lives Matter cop-killer in Dallas, and Gavin Long, the Black Lives Matter cop-killer in Baton Rouge. If you’re black and angry about the police, your anger is celebrated. If you’re white and angry about the Terror travel ban, the Paris Climate treaty, ObamaCare repeal or any leftist cause, you’re on the side of the angry angels.
But if you’re white and angry that your job is going to China or that you just missed being killed in a Muslim suicide bombing, your anger is unacceptable.
If you’re an angry leftist, your party leader, Tom Perez will scream and curse into a microphone, and your aspiring presidential candidate, Kirsten Gillibrand, will curse along, to channel the anger of the base. But if you’re an angry conservative, then Trump channeling your anger is “dangerous” because you aren’t allowed to be angry.
Not all anger is created equal. Some anger is privileged rage.
Good anger gets you a gig as a CNN commentator. Bad anger gets you hounded out of your job. Good anger isn’t described as anger at all. Instead it’s linguistically whitewashed as “passionate” or “courageous”. Bad anger however is “worrying” or “dangerous”. Angry left-wing protesters “call out”, angry right-wing protesters “threaten”. Good anger is left-wing. Bad anger is right-wing.
Socially acceptable displays of anger, from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter riots to the anti-Trump marches to the furious campus protests, are invariably left-wing.
Go read Greenfield’s whole piece, it is a perfect indictment of what I have called Selective Outrage Syndrome. Basically it absolves Leftists of pretty much anything, including some violence. The Left sees itself, and therefore its causes as pure and good. And, increasingly we see the Left using that logic to justify the growing number of bullying, threatening, and yes, violent tactics it employs.
Looters and rioters (called peaceful protesters) cannot be blamed for destroying minority-owned businesses because they are simply expressing outrage over police violence and institutional racism. It matters not they they are doing great harm to the Black communities they claim to care about. Why are they blameless a reasoned person might wonder? After all, they are burning down businesses in Black communities, which desperately need jobs aren’t they? But that is not important you see. What is important is that America, capitalism, and police officers enforcing laws are RAAAAACIST! And, no matter the end result of the what the “peaceful protesters” do is, they are absolved of their destructive and hateful behavior because PRIVILEGE!
Likewise for the perpetually enraged Social Justice Snowflakes on college campuses and their bullying and intimidation. They are victims, and they can therefore trample debate, dissent and free speech. Again, the tactics do not matter because PRIVILEGE!
Anger Privilege is very convenient to have. It is like a social justice warrior insurance plan really. A gun-owner who argues rationally for the right of self-defense is a right wing nut case because he or she is not covered by Anger Privilege. A Left-Wing loudmouth who tweets about the deaths of gun owners and their families cannot be criticized because PRIVILEGE!
Every political statement, no matter how benign by any Conservative is likely dangerous, divisive, and likely to spark violence! Every hate-filled, threatening rant by Liberal politicians was either “taken out of context” or is ignored because PRIVILEGE!
Moral consistency? Reason? Actual positive results from programs you support? Open debate? Tolerance? Who needs those when you have PRIVILEGE!
Cross posted at Wow! Magazine