“Privilege Bingo”

Teachers at Oakton High School in he Fairfax County school district, Virginia’s largest, had students participating in a political indoctrination exercise dubbed “Privilege Bingo.” The idea was to convince students of the innate unfairness of an American society which bestows unearned advantages on white, middle class males, among others. The students were told to self-identify their “privilege” as, school administrators huminahumina-ed when caught CRT-handed, “an opportunity to reflect on their own experiences while building their critical thinking skills.”

Suuuure. This is Critical Race Theory-fueled garbage, designed to push children into a mandatory ideological box. Now, if students were asked to write an essay challenging the assumptions inherent in calling each “bingo” square a marker of “privilege,” that might develop their critical thinking skills. Another essay topic might be to identify other individual advantages not included on the obviously slanted list. Let’s see: I’d include “intelligent,” “talented,” “attractive,” “strong,” “Charismatic,” “good character,” “tall,” “confident,” diligent,” industrious,” “law-abiding,” “inter-personal skills,” “intellectually curious,” and “ambitious” just off the top of my head. Those, of course, are not restricted to whites and males, which is probably why they never occurred to the social engineering bullies who devised the “game.” “Privilege Bingo” is a rationalization for defeatism, failure, envy, hostility and divisiveness.

It also is an indefensible waste of teaching time. Every second spent on junk-sociology like this is time not spent on learning skills and substance.

Amusingly, it was the “military kid” square that made the school back down after initially defending the exercise as coming from “an approved Fairfax County Public Schools English curriculum lesson.” Approved by whom? “It’s approved” isn’t a defense, it’s a tautology. (Understanding what a tautology is could be a square!) Military families viewed the reference to them as an unjustified attack, and there are a lot of military families in Fairfax County. One Army veteran whose child attended school in Fairfax County told a local TV station that it is a “difficult thing” to be a military kid. Yes, and it can be a difficult thing being white in a culture that tries to tar you as a purveyor of racism, and tough being a male in school systems that discriminate against boys as, as my son encountered repeatedly.

The backlash from military families prompted the school district to issue a statement saying that it “recognizes and honors the experiences of all our families, including those in service to our country in the military. We have revised this activity. We apologize for any offense it may have unintentionally caused.”

Any parents who trust the same people who inflicted “Privilege Bingo” on their children to “revise the activity” are fools. (“Parents not fools” could be a square!) It doesn’t need to be revised. It needs to be sent to Hell.


Source: Washington Free Beacon

8 thoughts on ““Privilege Bingo”

  1. One of the squares is “Parents are Married.”

    I think it was Larry Elder that said that this form of privilege, more than any other, can explain the plight of black people in America right now (but maybe he said people in general).

    Of course, this is one of the few that can be controlled by human choice.

    As for the others, it just helps illustrate how vacuous the notion of privilege is. It can be attributed to any desirable characteristic that has a less desirable alternative (getting driven to school); it can also be indicated by an undesirable characteristic when there is a more desirable alternative.


  2. Did “Dr. Jill” prepare this for them?
    You’re right about “male” not necessarily being a privileged status in the classroom. “Ms. X doesn’t like boys” may sometimes just be a rationalization by the parents of a problem child, but it’s also commonly true…especially in lower grades where female teachers predominate, although it might often be more accurate to say that they tend to disfavor the behavior more typical of boys. If you have teachers among your friends and family, they’ll confirm this, and can sometimes helpfully suggest which teachers’ to avoid on this issue, if you can.

  3. I also note “involved in extracurricular activities” is a square, which may be related to class and wealth privileges, I suppose, but it could just as easily be personal choice. As can “employed,” “college is an expectation,” “Can drive/is driven to and from school” is just bizarre in a country with a robust school bus system – not to mention, isn’t taking public transportation encouraged these days?

    And “has never lost a loved one” may apply to the younger set, but I’ve got bad news – in time, we all turn in that card. How the hell is it supposed to be a privilege, anyway?

    “Comfortable walking around outside,” “feel safe around police officers,” “never worried about food,” and “feel represented in media” are all just feelings, no hard data required.

    And I also notice that white, male, English speaking, and able-bodied gives you an automatic bingo. That’s all it takes to succeed unfairly, apparently!

  4. Marxism, communism and progressivism can all be boiled down to a single imperative resulting from a single condition: “If you can’t compete in the game as it’s currently played, change the rules so you win.”

  5. How about including the only “privilege” that is relevant:

    “Living in the country with the largest economy in the world and with vast opportunities for everyone regardless of race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, disability status, or age”.

    This is the message that all children should receive on a daily basis.

  6. It’s certainly true that there are circumstances where having a certain characteristic or belonging to a certain group confers an advantage that is not earned. But what most exercises about “privilege” miss is the “circumstances” part. Privilege is highly situational. There are situations where being perceived as physically threatening is a disadvantage, such as when dealing with police. There are other situations where the same characteristic is an advantage, such as feeling safe walking alone after dark. I strongly doubt being male is an asset if you want to be, for instance, a kindergarten teacher. Obviously, not being a native speaker of any one language must mean you’re a native speaker of a language spoken somewhere else.

    I’d like to think this disregard for the situational nature of privilege is simply the result of lazy intellects holding forth on subjects they only half-understand. But I’m sure part of it is because, while the characteristics themselves aren’t chosen, circumstances often can be, and the ones pushing these ideas the hardest aren’t keen on emphasizing personal choices.

  7. Since everyone gets a “FREE SPACE”, I guess that means EVERYONE has some kind of privilege they should feel guilty about!

    I almost wish they has labeled the center square “SAFE SPACE” instead . . . .


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