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“Check your privilege!”

Recently on Twitter I have seen a lot of people saying, “Check your privilege” to others. Some believe asking someone to check their privilege is just an ad hominem/Marxist fallacy. I do not agree.  At the same time, I think it can be (and is) misused as a trump card in an “attempt to close down discussion or restrict the voices in a debate to preferred perspectives.

From what little I have experienced of life, I believe that privilege exists, that many types of privilege exist, that privilege shapes our perception of the world, that a disadvantage in one area does not eradicate a privilege in another, that statements made in ignorance from these places of privilege can offend those who lack this privilege or are on the other end of the oppression spectrum on a particular point and that we should work towards…

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