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?”
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 don’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:
— Jon Nicosia (@NewsPolitics) January 20, 2021
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 — teachers, professors, authors, reporters, celebrities — 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 — in this case, Ingrid Seyer-Ochi — 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.”