Storming the Capitol Building Is Not a Privilege

January 12, 2021 | Blog of the APA | Lewis Gordon, Department Head Philosophy, University of Connecticut


Trump supporters crowding the steps of the Capitol

"Among the critical responses to white supremacists’ attack on Congress on the 6th of January 2021 was the cry of “white privilege.” Storming the U.S. Capitol Building is not a “privilege.” It is an example of presumed license afforded a violent white insurrectionist mob under the shield racism.

One properly has the privilege of doing what is right, often from what is earned; a license protects one from accountability for wrongful actions, whether earned or not. White supremacy is a white license."

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