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Today in New York City everything is dreary and gray. The weather may be a great equalizer, but sometimes it feels like a reflection of collective mood, like the sky registered what's going in our hearts and is flailing along with us. I grew up in Oregon, where gray skies and drizzling rain were the most consistent part of my world, so the heavy slowness of a day like today doesn't necessarily strike me...
Last month, Princeton student Tal Fortgang published an essay in the Tory, his university's journal of conservative discourse. The piece, "Checking My Privilege: Character as the Basis of Privilege," details Fortgang's experience as a Westchester-born-and-raised white male who attends an Ivy League institution and the difficulties inherent to, well, being Tal Fortgang. First among those difficulties is the frequency with which Fortgang is asked by his classmates to "check his privilege;" it's happened, Fortgang contends,...

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