by Jordan Peterson –
The idea of white privilege is absolutely reprehensible. And it’s not because white people aren’t privileged. We have all sorts of privileges. Most people have privileges of all sorts. And you should be grateful for your privileges and work to deserve them, I would say.
But, the idea that you can target an ethnic group with a collective crime regardless of the specific innocence and guilt of the constituents of that group, there is absolutely nothing that is more racist than that. It’s absolutely abhorrent.
If you really want to know more about that sort of thing you should read about the Kulaks in the Soviet Union in the 1920s. Because they were farmers who were very productive. They were the most productive element of the agricultural strata in Russia. And they were all virtually killed, raped, and robbed by the collectivists [Communists] who insisted that because they [Kulaks] showed signs of wealth they were criminals and robbers.
One of the consequences of the prosecution of the kulaks was the death of six (6) million Ukrainians from a famine in the 1930s.
The idea of collectively held guilt at the level of the individual as a legal or philosophical principle is dangerous. It’s precisely this sort of danger that people who are really looking for trouble would push.
Just a cursory glance at 20th century history should teach anyone who wants to know exactly how unacceptable that is.