The 17th annual White Privilege Conference in Philadelphia devolved into a precious snowflake whinefest when attendees noted that the conference was too white. No, I’m not kidding. To make things more absurd, a speaker, who was Caucasian, spoke over his allotted time, an offense that was nothing more than an exercise in white supremacy. The Daily Caller was there to capture these precious snowflakes engaging in pervasive nonsense over what was probably an excruciating three-day (April 15-17) excursion:
Disaffected participants in the 2016 White Privilege Conference (WPC) have taken to Twitter to complain that the conference was, ironically, too white and was actually filled to the brim with white supremacy.
Adopting the hashtag #WPCSoWhite, inspired by the recent #OscarsSoWhite campaign, Twitter users claimed the conference that was supposed to battle white privilege instead served to entrench it.
The tag appears to have been started and pushed with particular vigor by Aeriel Ashlee, an education consultant who attended WPC and objected to several parts of a keynote address delivered by (white) historian James Loewen.
She said Loewen’s rhetoric, which was solidly progressive throughout, actually entrenched white supremacy, partly because his speech allegedly lasted too long. When Loewen attempted to defend himself, Ashlee said that any defense was invalid and only further showed his white supremacy.
@aerielashlee Dr.Moore told me, just before I started, to take one hour. I took exactly 53 minutes.— James W. Loewen (@JamesWLoewen) April 17, 2016
The Daily Caller also noted other causes for concern with these delicate cupcakes, which included saying we’re a “nation of immigrants,” how we have too many white superheroes, gender-specific pronouns, “walking while white,” and the ever-present objection to saying “undocumented immigrant.” You can’t make this stuff up, folks. But what’s all this “walking while white”/ nation of immigrants business? You might want to reach for the Wild Turkey for this one:
Describing the United States as a “nation of immigrants” is very common, and it’s a particularly common phrase for those who oppose placing greater restrictions on immigration, illegal or otherwise.
But to the die-hard progressives of WPC, “nation of immigrants” is an appalling term that simply highlights the exploitation and genocide of American Indians and the occupation of their land. After Sunday morning’s keynote address, one attendee came up to perform a short piece of poetry denouncing the phrase.
“If you’ve ever used that term, stop using it,” he said. “It’s time to put an end to that idea, because it is wrong.” He then began a singing his poem to illustrate the point.
A major part of WPC are the daily caucuses, where attendees segregate themselves by race and talk through their feelings on white privilege. They were assembled collectively beforehand and assigned to a specific smaller room because of the large number of white people in attendance.
Before dispersing, attendees received a warning to be careful while walking to their rooms. Why? With so many white people going in so many different ways all at once, organizers warned they could start physically exerting their white privilege by walking too aggressively and not paying heed to their surroundings. If attendees weren’t careful, they said, they risked getting in the way of non-white attendees who would have no choice but to shy away and debase themselves before these barreling vectors of overwhelming privilege.
So, as you can see, it was quite the collection of minds, analyzing ways to make life seem horrible. Even worse, constructing a social narrative to thrust upon us to advance their miserable view of the world. Yes, there is racism; it isn’t in the form of a person speaking over their allotted time during a lecture. The good thing is that I assume that the vast majority of people agree that this is nonsensical drivel. So, please keep it up my dear cupcakes, we’re all laughing at you.