The other day Republican Rhode Island Senator Elaine Morgan tweeted out the following, from her political competition for District 34:
I’m white. I have privilege. But today and for the next four years, I’m Muslim. Put me on a list.
In all honestly, I’m not inclined attack somebody for a show of solidarity. The “I’m white. I have privilege.” thing is kind of silly, but if there is genuine persecution going on, there’s nothing wrong with an “I am Spartacus” movement.
That said, I’d like to know the rules. Wouldn’t it be cultural appropriation for a privileged white person to usurp the victim status of a minority group, particularly in a society that places such a high value on victim status? Evidence that the appropriator, in this case, places value on victim status arises in the thread of replies to her tweet, which includes her further explanation that she’s “never been given a hand up because [she’s] a woman.”
I’d request a clear guide on all of these matters, but I suspect not having clear rules is key to their value to progressives. A fine appreciation of the ever-changing rules illustrates a deeper conformity than simple pronouncements of agreement and solidarity.