University Posters Tell Christian Students to 'Check Your Privilege'
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College campuses across the United States are participating in a poster campaign to raise awareness about "institutional oppression."
The posters list several categories of privilege but puts an emphasis on "Christian privilege."
"If you can expect time off from work to celebrate your religious holidays, you have Christian privilege," said the poster, which originated at the University of San Francisco.
"This campaign seeks to begin the discussion around privilege and social inequalities in an effort to raise critical awareness of the institutional oppression often seen in the United States of America," according to the University of San Francisco's "Check Your Privilege" webpage.
The campaign picked up speed across the country after the poster went viral on social media outlets, but now there is backlash among students who have complained that the posters are dividing students.
"I believe they are segregating and dividing the population by targeting certain groups," Southern Oregon University student and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Tim Short told the The Siskiyou, a campus newspaper.
Posters put up at Virginia Tech, Oregon University, and the University of San Francisco suggests that Christians receive an assortment of unearned advantages.
"Today, I was diagnosed with privilege," said Elizabeth Campbell, chairwoman of the conservative Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Virginia Tech.
"Symptoms: white, Christian, straight, 'cisgender,' and able bodied," Campbell wrote on YAF's website."Virginia Tech deciding who does and does not have privilege is not okay. Going up to a sign and reading that you should 'check your privilege' just because of the situations you were born into, and paths you have chosen for your life, is categorizing and dividing people further."
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