"Check your privilege" has become the standard refrain of people who accuse others of holding opinions that are somehow hostile to the underprivileged or, at least, outside of the ruling class. It's a way of saying: "You, sir, come from a place that has predisposed you to see the world in a self-centered and incorrect way." It is meant to fight the abuses of the rich white patriarchy and point them to the proper path. And the worst thing about the "check your privilege" movement is it does none of that. It helps no one. It fosters no understanding. It fails horribly to move society forward in any way.
Did you hear that last part? Although I know I am setting myself up for abuse, this is NOT an article about poor white men feeling like they're under attack. I don't care about poor white men. Or rich white men. I don't care about protecting "the patriarchy." I care about the same agenda supported by many of those people who throw "check your privilege" around like it's some magical defense against the dark arts. I'm talking to those people. Because if you really do care about building a better planet, filled with respect for and appreciation of differences, then there are three things about "check your privilege" that aren't helping you reach your goal.