Author: David Greenberg

Privilege and Public Policy: A Framework for Success

This article is part of a three-part series on privilege, society, and public policy.  Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, as well! Critical theorists who talk about privilege do not wanting to create a color-blind, class-blind, gender-blind, sexuality-blind society: anyone who has been to a civil rights rally understands the classical color-blind society is viewed by critical sociologists as a nightmare. The ultimate goal is to reveal to privileged individuals their privilege and to create a legislative framework that prohibits that privilege from taking effect. Essentially, privilege legislation hopes to handicap one group of people in order to...

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When Should I Ever “Check My Privilege”?

This article is part of a three-part series on privilege, society, and public policy.  Check out part 1: “What is Privilege?” In my last piece, I discussed the history and development of the idea of privilege in modern society.  I lined out the history of the concept, tracing its roots back to Karl Marx’s critique of society and wealth, and demonstrated how it was appropriated by modern academic fields into newer forms of privilege. However, simply because Karl Marx used privilege to justify the elimination of equal rights doesn’t mean that he is wrong about privilege. It is difficult, without...

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What in the World is “Privilege”?

This article is the first in a three-part series that will discuss issues of privilege, society, and public policy.  Please check back in next week with TCC for part two! If you are white; if you are male; if you are a Christian; if you have a college degree (or merely a high school degree where I currently live); if you were born in, were educated on, or currently live on the west coast or the northeast; if you come from a middle-class or upper-class family; if you have two parents; or if your first language is English; then there...

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Anti-Science Left: How Ideology Gets in the Way of Science

The political left loves to accuse Republicans, conservatives, and anyone that disagrees with them as being “anti-science.” The charge makes very little sense. Anti-science would literally mean being against the systematic study of the physical world. I’ve been to CPAC, multiple regional conservative functions throughout the United States, Young Americans for Liberty conferences, Tea Party rallies, and Leadership Institute training sessions, and I have yet to meet a person that openly said they were against the systematic study of the physical world (I am willing to say that there may be some conservative that is anti-science, I just haven’t...

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Why Urban Culture Is Not To Blame

On the week of Thanksgiving, one of my colleagues wrote an article that attempted to provide insight on the Mike Brown situation through social commentary. He wrote: The issue at hand is that the culture in urban communities, regardless of race, economic status, or any other status that one might choose to denominate, is one of disregard for the law. I take some personal exception to this characterization (by strict definition, I am an urbanite), but I would like to dig deeper into urban culture. While there is undeniably a “gangsta” subculture, it is no different from the violent...

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