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White liberal privilege means knowing your racism hoax will not be widely reported

White liberal privilege means knowing your racism hoax will not be widely reported

Saturday Night Card Game

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:

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,, Huffington Post, and CNN, among others. Here’s a typical email, which I sent to

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,

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:

Only two updates were run. Friedersdorf’s post linked above was after I contacted him.

AP also ran an update after I contacted its Columbus office, and that update has been picked up by some local Ohio television stations.

Now it’s only Saturday night, and it’s possible that these news organizations are doing independent research and investigation and will run breaking news stories about the hoax on Monday.

But for now, as Michele Malkin predicted, Cue the crickets chirping!

Oh, and not Lena Dunham, whose tweets back in March made news:


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wow, I will admit this angered me. white privilege. how is blaming something on someone due to their race NOT racism?
I have to stop typing, I am that mad now.
thanks Prof. you did excellent job throughout this.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to JP. | August 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    This is so deeply offensive at every level. So Joy Reid says race war is the way to deal with a verdict you don’t like.

    When you’re 12% of the population, you don’t start anything you can’t finish. High time black folks accept that Trayvon Martin was a thug whom GZ had to kill in order to survive. I’m sorry for his parents, but they should have curbed his baser instincts and raised him right.

    Fostering a race war is not the answer. Chris Lane was no TM. He wasn’t doing anything to harm anybody. His only problem was being a living human who was stalked by thuggish animals. Besides, how many whites have blacks injured “for TM”? When will it stop?

Of course they won’t update their stories to report the fact that it was a hoax, it doesn’t fit the MSM’s narrative that we are all racists and that minorities should be scared.

The reality is, that all this race-baiting by the left has engendered a narrative which prompts thugs to attack and kill, as in the case of a WWII vet like Delbert Belton.

But I’m sure the editors of HuffPo, the NYT, Slate, et al, will sleep well at night, knowing they’ve done their part to keep the agenda alive.

There’s a reason something is called “The Streisand” effect. It means you want to keep something quiet. You do something nasty to prevent this “thing” from being heard … And, like Streisand it goes viral.

Snowball effect is another.

Yes, Limbaugh expresses a point of view NOT heard from anyone else in Media.

And, I do remember at some point there was a successful “drop Rush” campaign. So the advertisers took their ads away from him. And, then their businesses failed. While he just filled up the advertising space with others.

Was it “Kryptonite?”

When Oprah got attention claiming the Swiss wouldn’t let her purchase a $38,000 pocketbook, BECAUSE THE CLERK DIDN’T RECOGNIZE WHO SHE WAS … Rush said he’d give a fortune to be able to walk into a store and not be recognized.

And, Rush is only on the radio! But he can’t go anywhere without being recognized.

He also does, off the cuff, his own material.

And, the reason he has this microphone? He brings in money like nobody’s business to the people who advertise on his air time.

Weird. I thought my comment was going in the RUSH zone.

But the screen “giggles.” And, I end up on another thread. Wonder why?

Baby steps, Professor. These people have long enjoyed advancement of their political, economic, and social standing through the exploitation of differentials and gradients, real and manufactured. They will not easily betray nor divest of their tactics which have been extraordinarily profitable to their interests.

Evolution is a chaotic process. It can, ironically, be biased, but not directed, by causal forces with limited capacity.

That said, thank you for your positive influence. We cannot afford to sponsor development of generational prejudice. The consequences of their tactics and central strategy need to be exposed for public scrutiny.

This certainly is the age of useful idiocy.

[…] Insurrection has covered the Oberlin racism hoax to its illogical conclusion. Oberlin defends its many actions based on racist words and symbols placed around the campus. Those […]

A question as we consider what happened at Oberlin and the ‘white liberal privilege’:

Where are Dylan Bleier and Matt Alden now?

They perpetrated the Oberlin hoax. They were in with the Obama campaign, as the Professor has previously documented. They have been in with other liberal progressive organizations.

Where are they now? What are they doing?

Why do I have the feeling that they’re being ‘taken care of’ by their progressive pals with a paying job and a chance to surface elsewhere in the future?

Friedersdorf has now been mentioned it two posts. That self-promoting under-achiever must be celebrating.

Of course, his career pattern is to “punch up” by attacking more famous writers with fatuous criticisms, relishing in the traffic he gets when they slap him down. Don’t be surprised if he repeats his history.

delicountessa | August 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I have a question that has been bugging me since I looked at where the majority of blacks area located:
If blacks and liberals are both so convinced that the South is filled with racists, why doesn’t a majority of the black population relocate to “tolerant, liberal states”? If I thought I were being victimized and oppressed, I would go somewhere more open to my race/gender/sexual orientation. THEN I would mock the rubes (being safely distanced from them because, yes, I am that chicken).

    healthguyfsu in reply to delicountessa. | August 25, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    But that’s not gangsta enough. Besides, “we” didn’t land on America, America landed on “us”. Therefore, we want to take from you like your great great great great (oh oops they were Europeans and Yankees!) took our home from us.