Obscure leftwing professors who are devoted to the concept of “white privilege” are completely elated that the rest of America is noticing and condemning their crackpot, racist notions.
Various professors who endorse the “white privilege” project are taking advantage of their 15 minutes of mainstream infamy to proselytize, according to Inside Higher Ed, which ventured into remote academic backwaters to interview spellbound supporters of the bizarre theory.
The “white privilege” promoters swear they aren’t racist loons and hope to find new converts for their belief that all white people carry and utilize “an invisible package of unearned assets,” as inconsequential feminist Peggy McIntosh put it in a 1987 essay.
“Even an angry discussion opens the door,” Paul R. Croll, an assistant professor at Augustana College, told Inside Higher Ed. “Bill O’Reilly saying ‘I don’t have white privilege’ is still Bill O’Reilly saying ‘white privilege.'”
Croll opined that “white privilege” is a “deep sociological idea” and added that it’s the latest fad in introductory sociology courses around the country.
Jacqueline Battalora, a sociology and criminal justice professor at utterly obscure Saint Xavier University in Chicago, agreed that the widespread, scathing criticism of “white privilege” can only help.
“Some of us have been talking about white privilege for a very long time but in many ways we should thank Fox News because they’re giving it legs,” Battalora, the author of a totally-not-racist book entitled “Birth of a White Nation,” told the website. “The more we have a conversation, the more we’ve revealed the problems with our history.”
Still another sociologist, Abby Ferber, noted that she received hate mail after people began to discover her contributions to a four-day, self-flagellating White Privilege Conference in downtown Madison, Wis. back in March. The conference brought together a sea of some 2,400 white people to talk about how guilty they feel about the color of their skin. (RELATED: White Privilege Conference wastes thousands of taxpayer dollars this week)
Ferber, a self-styled scholar of the extreme right at the third-tier University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, said she just couldn’t understand why anyone would be upset because she has labeled a couple hundred million people from every socioeconomic background as beneficiaries of vast societal racism because of their skin color.
“When I was studying the white supremacy movement, I faced no resistance whatsoever,” she told Inside Higher Ed. “It’s only as the work looks at everyday racism that people are feeling very threatened and we see this incredible resistance and backlash.”