San Francisco Teacher Says Bernie Sanders Wearing Mittens is ‘White Male Privilege’

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The outfit that Bernie Sanders wore during President Joe Biden’s inauguration was so funny that subsequent memes of it had both the Left and Right laughing online. Naturally, when something causes even the slightest bit of enjoyment, some major city school teacher somewhere moves to kill the mood by describing it with words that rank well on Twitter.

In this case, Ingrid Seyer-Ochi, a San Francisco school teacher, has called Sanders’ inauguration apparel a manifestation of “white male privilege.”

Here is her case. It’s next-level insanity:

“I puzzled and fumed as an individual as I strove to be my best possible teacher,” Seyer-Ochi writes in a San Francisco Chronicle op-ed. “What did I see? What did I think my students should see?โ€

Any guesses on what she saw and thought her students saw? A funny old guy freezing in the cold? Wrong, she instead saw “a wealthy, incredibly well-educated and privileged white man.”

You are probably wondering what showing up in a cheap puffy jacket and huge mittens has to do with being white and male and privileged, but it’s offensive to question such assertions. Don’t ever do it again.

This teacher who educates our youth doesn’t stop there. She adds that “[Sanders] manifests privilege, white privilege, male privilege and class privilege, in ways that my students could see and feel. I donโ€™t know many poor, or working class, or female, or struggling-to-be-taken-seriously folk who would show up at the inauguration of our 46th president dressed like Bernie.”

Got that? Only white guys dress up in warm clothes for outdoor events in January. Everyone else must dress like Janet Yellen, the female United States Secretary of the Treasury.

Wait a minute:

Ingrid Seyer-Ochi just took idiocy to a new level, which makes sense since she probably just wanted to have an op-ed published by a newspaper in 2021. Goal reached.

I almost hate to get serious about such a moronic topic, but her op-ed has already started a discussion, so it is important to discuss the wider trend behind it.

Americans in influential professions โ€” teachers, professors, authors, reporters, celebrities โ€” see people not as individuals, but as members of groups determined by skin color and gender. I discussed this phenomenon on Twitter a few weeks ago. Instead of making observations such as “Tony goes to the market,” woke Leftists obscure their observations by saying, “Tony, who is (insert race) and (insert gender), goes to the market.” Why do Tony’s race and gender matter? The point of the statement should be that Tony is going to market, nothing more.

Reasonable Americans who saw Sanders’ attire laughed at it and thought, “It must be freezing there.” It was. Unfortunately, there are always people โ€” in this case, Ingrid Seyer-Ochi โ€” who skip logic and just see a white male. It blinds them. At that point, nothing else matters to them.

This poisonous mindset is too common and too often rewarded. Too many outlets give a platform to those who ask, “What if this person was this color or this gender?” about almost every situation. MSNBC and ESPN have paid hosts millions of dollars to ask this ultimately unanswerable question, even though many of the situations did not involve race or gender.

This same San Francisco school system that employs Seyer-Ochi has also concluded that Abraham Lincoln, who freed the slaves, is now too racist to have a San Francisco school named after him. The students of this district are taught that Lincoln was a racist, not a hero, and that, despite Yellen donning similar apparel, only white guys can get away with wearing a big coat at a presidential inauguration.

This mindset has fractured our society. It does not recognize individuality, only general skin color. That’s an awful place to be, yet that’s where our educators, politicians, and media want to take us. That gives them control, a lot of it.

Bernie Sanders (I – VT), 79, admits that he isn’t fashionable and that he was cold while outside in the winter. That’s why he wore the now-famous coat and mittens. Photos of him in his appropriate winter garb then generated a humorous reaction, which the country desperately needs. However, radicals like Ingrid Seyer-Ochi hate to see others enjoying themselves. So they attempt to dampen any spark of levity by calling it “white privilege.”

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest topics in media, culture, sports, and politics..

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  1. I’m willing to put out a term for these type of broads with hyphenated last names who spew this moronic nonsense about a guy wearing warm clothing in the cold outdoors…’daddy issues privilege’.

  2. hopefully, in the future, those aspiring to teach will be taught to keep politics out of their classrooms. Unfortunately, we’re going to ruin an entire generation with biased nonsense that doesn’t belong

  3. Ingrid (I’d call her ISO as an homage to Olivia Wilde’s ARSE-KICKING character QUORRA in TRON: LEGACY but I don’t wanna insult Olivia/QUORRA nor the ‘race’ of ISOs who possessed strong powers of all things good and were supposed to bring ‘balance to the Force’ before being wiped out by Jeff Bridges’ maniacal CLU…but I digress)…Where was I? Oh, yes…Ingrid…๐Ÿ™„

    Ingrid is essentially, in my opinion, broadcasting to the world that she loathes men…She probably struggles with interpersonal & intimate relationships…๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

    And I’d bet my bottom dollar that she hasn’t had her p*$$y eaten (at least not very well) since before the beginning of the ‘pandemic’/absurd Cali lockdowns, and she’s as bitter as a person can be…

    SMGDH ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

  4. This behavior is like the Salem accusations (and later the trials) or the French Revolution.

    I have mixed thoughts about the liberals beginning to eat their own. Maybe it will cause some of them, like Bret Weinstein, to rebel against this highly toxic cancel culture. However, I also have a bit of schadenfreude when I see the finger pointed at Bernie Sanders.

    I recall being fascinated and concerned about “neo-Nazis” when I was in my early teens because of them being on “The Phil Donahue Show.” They would sit on stage and try to sound reasonable when they were clearly a few standard deviations out on the paranoid scale.

    The neo-Nazis would be promoting a planned march in the then predominately Jewish township of Skokie, a Chicago suburb. Later I would watch coverage of the march and see a few dozen, disorganized, predominantly young males, desperately seeking attention. Some of them were attentive to detail with their carefully tailored Nazi uniforms (mixed and matched of course with both SS and standard garb) and others were wearing what might have been the same clothes they had slept in the previous night.

    A generous estimate would have put the total number of marchers at about 50. So, I thought, they are getting less than 0.001% of the local population of about 5 million people? Is this really anything to be concerned with if they canโ€™t even outdraw the Chicago Sting soccer club? No. It was much ado about nothing.

    Is there anything that isnโ€™t an indication of White Privilege? I bet if you swap โ€œwhiteโ€ faces for the โ€œblackโ€ faces in the inauguration crowd, the cancel culturists would point at the swapped in white faces and declare that you are staring at white privilege.

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