So this “privilege” thing is in the air and of course everyone has to comment on it, I guess me too. In case you haven’t run into it yet, it’s the annoyingly, increasingly common debate-ending tactic where the person losing the argument notes the relative success and/or race of the person winning the argument, and thus claims victory.
Of course, that’s not what it’s supposed to be. Originally intended as a polite request to reexamine the effects of your position and upbringing on your opinions and outlook, I have never seen it used that way. Instead, the “privilege check” is exclusively employed as a childish PLEASE STOP, a racist trump card to be thrown when facts and logic are inadequate to support a position. As an enshrinement of the Professional Victimhood movement, it’s a bullshit Kafkatrap where the accusation and attempts to deny “privilege” is part of the punishment, and the only way to win is to refuse to play.
I don’t, however, wish the idea would go away. Much like someone who defaces the flag, it’s a useful marker. Once I read someone unironically citing “privilege” in an argument, it’s a sure flag to stop taking that person seriously on that subject, because they’re no longer trying to argue a position, they’re demanding to be allowed to shout down their opposition.
Which is about as honest an admission of intellectual laziness as you could hope for.