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Monday, May 5, 2014

Time Magazine and a Young Man Who Defends His White Privilege

Posted by on Mon, May 5, 2014 at 8:39 AM

When I read this post "Why I’ll Never Apologize for My White Male Privilege" by Tal Fortgang, a freshman at Princeton, I really expected to find something new, something I completely missed about American society, something even profound. It's a bold title, and so one expects nothing less than a bold argument, one that will make you reconsider your position. But the post is not daring at all and has no depth. The reason why this young man "apologizes for nothing" is that his grandparents were hardworking Jewish immigrants, and America is a country that rewards hard work...

It was [my grandparents] privilege to come to a country that grants equal protection under the law to its citizens, that cares not about religion or race, but the content of your character.

It was my privilege that my grandfather was blessed with resolve and an entrepreneurial spirit, and that he was lucky enough to come to the place where he could realize the dream of giving his children a better life than he had.

That's it! That's all he has to say: Great America is a fair and just society, and for this reason alone, he deserves to be at Princeton. Why on earth did Time publish this astonishing nonsense? What were the editors thinking? Did they really believe we had never heard the tired argument before? I'm totally puzzled.

I also recommend that the young listen to Macklemore's sober "White Privilege"...


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Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 1
Tal is shocked that he has all the white supremacists rallying behind him.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on May 5, 2014 at 9:04 AM · Report this
This is a very subtle essay but you have to read between the lines.

He seems to be saying he wants to separate himself from the other white kids, who may be "legacies". At Ivy League schools, these are the kids who got their because their families went there before and are long standing donors.

What Tal Fortgang seems to be saying is, even though I look like them, and have the chiselled features of someone who oars for crew, and my name sounds all heck like a Choate graduate, I'm just a Jewish guy who's relatives came up the hard way.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 5, 2014 at 9:05 AM · Report this
Macklemore actually has a song called "White Privilege"? And it's not self-parody? Hoooly shitballs.
Posted by The CHZA on May 5, 2014 at 9:11 AM · Report this
Tal Fortgang is also pro-George Zimmerman (and has deleted his Twitter account since his piece was published in Time).…
Posted by aurora f on May 5, 2014 at 9:29 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 5
Maybe I'm just cynical, but when I saw that the author is a college freshman, I expected precisely what was delivered. Nobody defends the system with that particular blend of passion and cliche like a privileged white male undergrad.
Posted by Matt from Denver on May 5, 2014 at 9:38 AM · Report this
In the kid's defense, these days getting into a place like Princeton isn't easy no matter who your parents are. You can read more about that here:…
Posted by Ken Mehlman on May 5, 2014 at 10:05 AM · Report this
seatackled 7
Okay, Princeton ladies! Princeton Mom says grab him up now!

The thing about these self-deluded dumbfucks is that no one wants them to apologize. People just want them to acknowledge it and not be an asshole about it.
Posted by seatackled on May 5, 2014 at 10:07 AM · Report this
seatackled 8
Are they really? Ha ha ha ha ha!
Posted by seatackled on May 5, 2014 at 10:09 AM · Report this
Let's see: when was the last time I bought or read Time magazine...

Hmmm, not this century, that's for sure.
Posted by judybrowni on May 5, 2014 at 11:18 AM · Report this
venomlash 13
I like how he supports his claim of "who me, what white privilege?" by pointing out the travails of his oppressed ancestors. Whoop-de-doo, kid, you also have the privilege of not having been persecuted and massacred by fascists. So do I, thank God.
Posted by venomlash on May 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM · Report this
seandr 14
White kids gonna be white kids.
Posted by seandr on May 5, 2014 at 11:30 AM · Report this
benjaminismarried 15
Yeah, there is an Onion for that....…
Posted by benjaminismarried on May 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM · Report this
Sean Kinney 16
@5. So true. And it's not just the Ivy leagues. The Greek System at the University of Washington is under the impression that their position is determined by their accomplishments and their work ethic.
Posted by Sean Kinney http:// on May 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM · Report this
Posted by Hanoumatoi on May 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM · Report this
Catherwood 19
@18: Eeeee!
Posted by Catherwood on May 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM · Report this
Charles r u a Marxist who believes in "wars of position" in the culture and understands politics as contest more than as recruitment drive for correct answers?

When we talk about race, Charles, white power politics wins. When we talk about race, we intercept class-consciousness. White people feel aggrieved and vote accordingly to defend the honor of slaver grandpas. U commies never care enough about preventing rightwing consolidation
Posted by alfresco on May 6, 2014 at 12:48 AM · Report this
It's not surprising to hear a white man having a defensive reaction, but has anyone who cares about these issues ever heard someone demand an apology for privilege? I wrote more about my experience with these discussions and why we need to have them here:
Posted by ofmeansandends on May 6, 2014 at 6:06 PM · Report this
It's not surprising to hear a white man having a defensive reaction, but has anyone who cares about these issues ever heard someone demand an apology for privilege? I wrote more about my experience with these discussions and why we need to have them here:
Posted by ofmeansandends on May 6, 2014 at 6:08 PM · Report this
> 64% of voters in 2012 r whites > 30 years old. this problem is not going away soon. the more u bring up race the more they vote repub
Posted by alfresco on May 11, 2014 at 2:42 AM · Report this
Instead of Tal listening to Macklemore's white guilt ridden song Charles, Danielle and the rest of the black whiners should read Booker T Washington. " there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public."
Resonates doesn't it? Charles comes from a country that is currently committing genocide against whites. There are more whites murdered by blacks than Palestinians murdered by Israelis. You wouldn't know that by what Charles and the media whines about would you? Yet Charles daughter, the product of a wealthy Zimbabwean immigrant father and white mother, both privileged and well educated will be offered full admission to colleges all over this country in which a 4th generation Asian American, poor and having suffered through their businesses burned down by black racists in the 90's, will be rejected for. Any indignation over your black privilege Charlie? Any problem with your daughter being able to steal what as Asian or white child worked for? Look at UCLA's Richard Sander's report that shows there is a stong pro-black racism in the UC school system when it comes to admissions. Any complaints Charles? Any complaints that an elderly Jewish man, Donald Sterling, in having his life destroyed for private comments he made that were secretly recorded while black males-Jerimiah Wright, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Marion Barry, etc- have said and done much worse and gotten away with it unscathed? Cat got your tongue? Yes, as a black man you have a problem with Jews not being subservient enough. Very typical of black leftist.
ps- I notice Macklemore's song refers to Trayvon Martin. Why would Tai care? Yankel Rosenbaum is the Jewish Trayvon and I don't remember any of those black tears being shed when Lemrick Nelson was aquited. Any black person ever write a song condemning that lynching and racist judicial injustice?
Posted by hayden c on May 12, 2014 at 10:09 AM · Report this

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