The Conversation, University of Michigan
Use of “white privilege” on social media can actually decrease support for racially progressive policies.
We found that the term can increase online political polarization and lead to lower quality conversations on social media. In particular, the term drives some whites who would otherwise support efforts toward racial equality away from online conversations.
A few weeks ago I posted my views on a particular video that had streamed on Disney+. Shortly thereafter both I and one of my readers were effectively attacked for our “white privilege.” I struggled to write an appropriate, thoughtful response but ultimately gave up and deleted the entire thread. The dialogue had become a violation of my own long-standing comment policy forbidding ad hominem attacks. I had, quite simply, lost my cool. Today I found the above quote and thought it described the situation rather well.
I’m not trying to expound upon the issue of “white privilege,” although the issue can be discussed at length without tossing accusations at one another. I just want to remind everyone that discussions on Pied Type are open to a variety of opinions and opposing points of view. After all, it’s differing opinions that make a comment section interesting. But when the comments, including my own, devolve into personal attacks or stray from the topic at hand, they will be blocked or deleted. If at any point you think I have failed to do that, feel free to “Contact” me.