I checked for my privilege, but it wasn’t there.
In fact, I don’t remember ever having any.
Cartoonist Scott Adams has received a barrage of criticisms from ‘woke’ Twitter users angered by his claim that he’s lost three jobs due to being white, one being on the cancelled adaptation of his comic strip ‘Dilbert’.
“I lost my TV show for being white when UPN decided it would focus on an African-American audience,” Adams tweeted. “That was the third job I lost for being white. The other two in corporate America. (They told me directly.)”
I lost my TV show for being white when UPN decided it would focus on an African-American audience. That was the third job I lost for being white. The other two in corporate America. (They told me directly.)
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) June 29, 2020
Adams was responding to ‘Star Wars’ actor Ahmed Best (best known as the voice of Jar Jar Binks), who is black, tweeting about his struggles to get work in Hollywood compared to ‘Girls’ creator and star Lena Dunham, who is white.
Adams has faced enough criticism that thousands of tweets got the hashtag #dilbert trending, with many calling him a liar and even criticizing him for not creating diverse enough content.
The television adaptation of ‘Dilbert’ ran for two seasons on the now-defunct UPN from 1999 to 2000 for 30 episodes.
In response to New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones (of the controversial 1619 Project) saying it would be “illegal” for him to be fired for his skin color — which would mean she also believes black people are never fired for their skin color because it’s “illegal” — the comic strip creator clarified that the network worked around the issue by saying they could not “promote” him because of his “color” and “gender.”
I’d like to see what would happen if they said that to a black woman.
That would perfectly clarify who has the privilege in this society.