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    As longtime readers know, we're not big fans of the White Privilege verbiage, or the White Privilege consultant and pontificating class: In an otherwise good article about the Oberlin racism hoax, Conor Friedersdorf uses the term "white privilege" to describe the actions of the perpetrators:
    White kids spreading the n-word and Nazi flags around campus for kicks, without giving a damn how many minorities they scare or upset, does seem like a great example of white privilege!
    The editors or Friedersdorf chose to highlight and repeat that sentence as an insert mid-article:

    Friedersdorf White Privilege

    The problem is that the analysis and the entire post left something out, these were white liberal kids trying to make a liberal talking point come to life in a performance-art style endeavor: https://twitter.com/LegInsurrection/status/370929969913806849 Those white liberal college students had a privilege above and beyond mere ordinary whites. That extra-special privilege was to have the mainstream media largely ignore that the performance-art inspired racial narrative which covered the news cycle in March 2013 was a hoax.  Only the conservative media seems to care. I have written to just about everyone I could find at an MSM or left-wing website who ran with the Oberlin racism narrative back in March, and almost no one has updated their stories. I emailed reporters and/or editors at The NY Times, The Boston Globe, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Slate.com, Huffington Post, and CNN, among others. Here's a typical email, which I sent to Slate.com:
    You covered the racial incidents at Oberlin last March. It turned out to be a hoax, The Great Oberlin College Racism Hoax of 2013. Will you update?
    Here's another one, sent to the "scoop" line at HuffPo:
    Huffington Post ran numerous stories in various sections about racial incidents on Oberlin College's campus in March 2013. It turns out those were hoaxes perpetrated by progressive pro-Obama activists in order to get a reaction, http://t.co/BAACsOTX0g. Will you report the hoax and correct prior stories?
    And The NY Times:
    You covered this story last March, Photos of Oberlin College Students Rallying Against Hate Incidents. Turns out it was a hoax. Thought you'd want to know, since NYT may want to follow up now that the story has changed.
    I also sent tweets to reporters who covered the story but for whom I didn't have email addresses: https://twitter.com/LegInsurrection/status/370638270067003393 https://twitter.com/LegInsurrection/status/370639994714476544

    Remember when Joan Walsh of non-tokenist Salon.com kicked off an intra-progressive Twitter war after writing:
    “I deeply resent people who insist that white progressives who criticize Obama are deluding themselves that they’re his ‘base,’ when his ‘base’ is actually not white progressives, but people of color.”
    Sure you do, Dem Base Fractures Into Twitter War And Charges Of Racism Against Professional Left: https://twitter.com/joanwalsh/status/55783212164718592 http://twitter.com/joanwalsh/status/55841811423436800 http://twitter.com/joanwalsh/status/55795875955478528 Nothing brings out the popcorn faster at LI than intra-progressive racial grievances. And this past week possibly was the largest bucket of popcorn ever seen upon the face of the Earth, with the hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen.   vid-spacer The guy they're talking about, Hugo Schwyzer, also is known as the Pasadena Porn Professor, who we have covered at College Insurrection, and you can read more about at The Other McCain. (By this point you're thinking, this is the weirdest Saturday Night Card Game post ever.) However it started, as convoluted as it was, the result was pure hysteria (via Al Jazeera)(click on the date of each tweet to see responses to it, some of which were more "interesting" than the tweet itself):

    I haven't written much about Harry Reid lately, although we do have over 100 posts in the Harry Reid tag dating back to the earliest days of this blog. He's a charmer, alright. Who can forget his famous pronouncement that the Iraq war was lost and the surge had failed? He then worked as hard as possible to make it so: Or when he called David Petraeus a liar? Branco's first cartoon at LI was Harry Politics:

    I tend to make light of the language police when it comes to the Saturday Night Card Game, but it's actually a very serious subject. The incessant attempt to turn race-neutral phrases into racial testing grounds is part of a larger political war in which race agitators seek to turn everything into a discussion of race all the time in every sphere of life. Here are some prior examples we have considered: Black List, Baa Baa Black Sheep, RejiggerProvidence PlantationsBlack FridayGobbledygook, Illegal Immigrant, Undocumented Immigrant, Master Bedroom, and even the use of white copy paper. We also addressed the idiom Chink in the Armor after a sportscaster was suspended and a copywriter (who happened to be married to an Asian woman) was fired for using the phrase in connection with discussing basketball player Jeremy Lin's on-court weaknesses.  The controversy was contrived, but it drove race into the headlines:
    “Chink in the armor” is a non-racial idiom, not a single word, denoting:
    A vulnerable area, as in Putting things off to the last minute is the chink in Pat’s armor and is bound to get her in trouble one day . This term relies on chink in the sense of “a crack or gap,” a meaning dating from about 1400 and used figuratively since the mid-1600s.
    Now "chink in the armor" is back in the news because a CNBC reporter used the phrase in assessing whether Wendi Deng, the Chinese wife of Rubert Murdoch, could overcome trust agreements as part of their divorce. The phrase was not used to refer to Ms. Deng, but to legal arguments Deng's lawyer would use to allow her to access the Trusts which contained most of Murdock's vast fortune. Here's the discussion, via Hot Air:
    "What do you think the chink in the armor here might be, that's what [the lawyer] is so good at, is finding a chink in the prenupts and all these trusts."
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