WATCH: Michael Knowles Explains How To Respond To A Demand To "Check Your Privilege"

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In Thursday’s episode of “The Michael Knowles Show,” Michael explains to one of his listeners how to deal with a situation when someone tells you to check your privilege.

“Check your privilege means shut up. That's the only way that it is ever used. That's all that it implies,” Knowles explained. “That's the only action that is requested by that phrase. Check your privilege means shut up. It means you have an opinion that I can't refute or argue against so I'm going to on the basis of your race or your sex or if you're a man who thinks he's a man or a woman who thinks she's a woman tell you to shut up, so shut up. That's what it means.”

So, how does someone handle being told to “check your privilege”?

“You should never engage with those hateful arguments,” Knowles said. “If you get into a fight with a skunk it doesn't matter if you win, you're gonna end up smelling very, very bad. Don't give those premises away. Don't acknowledge the privileged thing. Just laugh at it. Laugh at it and move on.”

Video and transcript below:

Dear Doctor Covfefe, I often hear my Leftist acquaintances of Caucasian descent say "check your privilege" to each other. What does this mean? I honestly have never been quite sure what to make of this ridiculous phrase. Could you please explain and deconstruct it for me?

Yes. It means shut up. Check your privilege means shut up. That's the only way that it is ever used. That's all that it implies. That's the only action that is requested by that phrase. Check your privilege means shut up. It means you have an opinion that I can't refute or argue against so I'm going to on the basis of your race or your sex or if you're a man who thinks he's a man or a woman who thinks she's a woman tell you to shut up, so shut up. That's what it means.

The reason that it's prevalent among left-wing circles is because everybody's got to serve somebody and leftist politics is a jealous angry God which will have no God before it so it replaces religion.

You know, we've talked about this with environmentalism. Environmentalism, global warming has all of the trappings of religion. It has original sin in the form of pollution. It has indulgences in the form of carbon tax credits. There are works that you can do. There are, you know, there are things that you can do to bring yourself closer to the God, Mother nature, Gaia, whatever you want to call it. Earth day, whatever.

This is also true in the check-your-privilege, in the intersectionality politics, of identity, race, sex whatever, which is that when they walk around and say check your privilege, it's a sort of a version of Mea culpa, Mea culpa, Mea Maxima culpa. You know when you begin a mass, you call to mind your sins and you say have sinned. I confess my sins to you my brothers and sisters. Please pray for me to the Lord our God.

In this case, you're flipping and you're saying you're a sinner. You're bad. You've committed the sin of being white. You've committed the sin of being a man. You've committed the sin of being a man who thinks he's a man. You've committed the sin of being a man who's attracted to women and so it's an inversion. It's angry and you know it's not very charitable. It's not very graceful. It's not very loving, but it is a feature of the religion of leftism and you should ignore it. It's stupid. It's ridiculous. I'm kind of lucky because I'm just swarthy enough, you know. I don't know where I fall in the privileged scale, but I would even see this sometimes. I think people in colleges for instance, who come from financial aid, you know, my family did not have a lot of money and I was on financial aid and I would notice this in college. Anyone who's a Republican is pilloried as being rich or coming from a lot of money or whatever and the impulse is to say: “No, I didn't. I didn't come from a lot of money. I came from humble backgrounds. I've had tough things in my life.”

I think it's a huge mistake. I don't think you should do that. You should never engage with those hateful arguments. If you get into a fight with a skunk it doesn't matter if you win, you're gonna end up smelling very, very bad. Don't give those premises away. Don't acknowledge the privileged thing. Just laugh at it. Laugh at it and move on.

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