Coddled College Students, Privilege, etc.
Several years ago my new roommate brought over a friend on a Friday evening and a group of us got into a casual discussion of Obamacare. I was skeptical and didn't think the new bill would work. I guess the jury is still out, but with the rate increases coming this next year, the super high deductibles, and various unions, etc lobbying for aspects of the bill to be overturned, I think there's a pretty good chance I'll turn out to be right.
In any case, this friend of my roommate was young and during the argument got completely hysterical, cried, and called me privileged. Well, how can I respond?
Afterwards, I apologized to my roommate for letting the argument escalate. I don't like making people cry, and especially in my own house. But I thought back to that incident just now in the wake of the hysterical Yale student losing it on her dorm master and in the wake of the University of Missouri stuff and am changing my opinion.
I was right and she was wrong.
I was expressing an opinion and taking a reasoned, passioned position based upon logic and understanding of the world. She hijacked the conversation and made it about her unhinged emotions. And I think this was the first time I noticed a change from my generation to whatever we call this group that Lena Dunham and her ilk belong to. My first impression was that perhaps I took things too far, but now I realize something is seriously wrong with these kids.
They don't believe in free speech. They cannot tolerate disagreement. They meltdown when their immature an ignorant "beliefs" are questioned. They have no understanding of war, history, economics, or basic elements of how the world functions. Their argument always goes to the same thing: privilege. Anyone who disagrees with their dumbshit positions is simply arguing from a position of privilege and therefore incapable of being right or even have a point.
I'm calling bullshit because the fact is, all of us are privileged. THEY are privileged.
This guy who goes on a hunger strike for the injustices at U. of Missouri...are we going to take this seriously? What person in their right mind thinks college is an unsafe place for minority students? If U. of Missouri was so bad, aren't there literally hundreds of other schools he could attend? If it were so terrible, why is he there? Is there no where in America safe for students of color? Why do all those students attend this racist school in the first place? None of it makes any sense.