"The real problem is too much talk about how racist I am"
Another addition to the privilege mega-posting tackles an argument made sadly frequently (e.g. in the book Nowtopia) – basically, blaming “privilege theory”/”privilege analysis” for everything that goes wrong with anything ever.
There’s no doubt that some radical groups use privilege badly as a tool. There’s no doubt that some radicals solely focus their privilege lens on individual actions at the expense of wider systemic analysis.
BUT if a group breaks down because they spent too much time analysing the white privilege dynamics in their group, and the dominance of the group by white people, what’s to blame – the privilege analysis, or the group’s racism?
It’s easy to say that people should just “acknowledge” bigotry then move on to “work together to make things better”. Saying people should just put microaggressions aside is easy to say if you’re not the one facing them.
"Potential alliances" aren’t undercut by privilege analyses; alliances never form because some people are too blinded by their own privileged outlook on the world that they refuse to accept another’s worldview.
A lack of strategy is sadly universal
Assigning a causal relationship between “used privilege as a tool” and “group didn’t win a revolution” is really fucking baseless. Lots of groups don’t have good long-term strategies, but that’s nothing to do with privilege and everything to do with a mindset of immediacy. If you’re claiming otherwise, you better have some damn proof.