What’s the most dangerous phrase in the world?
1980: “I’m from the governent and I”m here to help”
2020: “I’m an ‘ally’ and I’m here to help. “
A friend of the blog emails:
Privileged Liberal White People: we’re going to help those poor communities of black people. We’ll build a train so they can get around with a car!
Black people: But, we’d like to get around by car just like you.
PLWP: We’re going to help those poor black people by raising the minimum wage!
BP: But we’d like to have a job to support our families. This will just get rid of our jobs.
PLWP: We’re going to help those poor black people by building high density housing in their neighborhood. Let’s tear down the affordable single family housing stock to help them!
BP: But we’d like to own a house, just like you.
PLWP: We’re going to help those poor black people by taking away on street parking around their apartment buildings to build bike lanes!
BP: But we’d like to park by where we live just like you, especially in the winter. We aren’t biking.
PLWP: We want to help black people by not calling the cops when thugs take over their neighborhood. And we’ll tell the whole world!
BP: Seriously, stop helping us.
Biggest problem in my neighborhood, other than the issues above, most of my neighbors don’t bother voting in local elections.
Semi-related: It’s interesting, to me, to note that John Lesch’s district has the lowest voter turnout numbers in the state.
To the original point: Urban Progessive Privilege means never having had to confront the notion that your ideals are only “ideal” for people in your own class.