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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Privilege Pandemic in America

Professors are constantly talking about the need to overturn the “privilege theory.” It seems anyone who can’t claim to belong to an oppressed group must have an unfair advantage due to some unearned “privilege.” At Cornell University, an assistant dean of students said he would welcome a pro-ISIS group on campus, even if it wanted to conduct a training camp for students or send care packages to the Middle East. But at California State University, Stanislaus the Christian fraternity was barred from campus for “discrimination” because they required those holding fraternity leadership positions in its organization to be professing Christians.

And what about the students at Pine Bush High School in New York State where, during the regularly scheduled morning announcements, the speaker read our Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic? This event exploded into a raging controversy that divided the school into angry factions, even though the principal came on the loudspeaker to apologize.

National Review has blown the whistle on who really does enjoy “privilege” in America. Their useful article shows that the most valuable “privilege” is not “white privilege” nor even “wealth privilege,” but it is the “marriage privilege,” meaning the advantage of growing up in a home with a mother and father who are married to each other. The Brookings Institution also found that only 19 percent of the kids in the lowest economic bracket remain stuck at the bottom if they are born to parents who are married and stay married.

These conclusions were confirmed by the late William Raspberry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist. He expressed little tolerance for those who blame black problems on poverty, crime or even racism when, he wrote, the chief cause is the failure of marriage and the absence of fathers.

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