Many of you may have seen it. A young white Jewish student, Tal, wrote a piece for Time about why he's tired of being told he's privileged. Here's something you might not have seen yet: A black graduate student who goes by @dexdigi beautifully pointed out the tired old fallacies that Tal was spouting as if he'd come up with them for the first time.
Now, here's my take.
Tal, I am a white Jewish man from a working-class background who went
to an elite university (in my case, decades ago). Like Tal, I give a lot
of credit to my parents for their struggle to make sure I got the
opportunities I deserved, and to my grandparents, who struggled with a
new language and culture.
unlike Tal, apparently (and definitely unlike some of the commenters on
this thread), I realize that while I was disadvantaged by class and
antisemitism, I never had anyone think I was a janitor instead of a
professor simply because of the color of my skin.
I never had to worry
that someone I thought of as a friend would rape me simply because of my
sex, or attack me violently because I said I was one gender and my
birth certificate said I was another.
I didn't have to be concerned that
doors would literally be shut to me because there were no wheelchair
ramps leading up to them, or that people would see signs of a disease
like MD or CP and assume I was stupid or insane.
I have 99 problems but lack of privilege isn't one of them.