by Isaac Butler
Originally, I wasnt' going to write anything about that Princeton Tory piece about privilege and "character" because, well, who cares? It was posted on some Princeton Conservative blog and it's written by a college Freshman, which means it's something its author will almost certainly regret in anywhere from six to thirty six months. I figured it would only get a platform if people started writing about it, if it used internet outrage to perpetuate and grow itself.
I was wrong.
The piece has been featured freakin' everywhere. It's been reprinted on time.com. Fortgang was interviewed at The New York Times, fercryinoutloud!
Anyway, if you haven't read it, here's the piece. Here's my response, for what it's worth:
"The truth is, though, that I have been exceptionally privileged in my life, albeit not in the way any detractors would have it.
It has been my distinct privilege that my grandparents came to America. First, that there was a place at all that would take them from the ruins of Europe. And second, that such a place was one where they could legally enter, learn the language, and acclimate to a society that ultimately allowed them to flourish.
It was their 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."