"I looked like I was good at programming."
The old trophies of success for an immigrant group used to be a home in the suburbs, two cars in the garage and children in the Ivy League. Now it's writing an article denouncing your own privilege.
Finally Asians have been allowed to join the community of stupid white people checking their own privilege and denouncing their own entitlement for not being complete failures... only because of their race. That's the theme of Philip Guo's ridiculous article claiming that he only succeeded as a computer programmer because of his Asian "programmer privilege".
How did this unfair technical privilege affect him?
Even though I didn't grow up in a tech-savvy household and couldn't code my way out of a paper bag, I had one big thing going for me: I looked like I was good at programming.
So how did Guo's Asian technical privilege lead him to unfairly succeed? Was he given a special affirmative action program for Asian programmers that allowed him to get a job despite his lack of ability or skill?
Although I started off as a complete novice (like everyone once was), I never faced any micro-inequities that impeded my intellectual growth. Throughout college and grad school, I gradually learned more and more via classes, research, and internships, incrementally taking on harder and harder projects, and getting better and better at programming while falling deeper and deeper in love with it.
So he attended college and learned computer programming... how discriminatory.
This kind of privilege that I and other people who looked like me possessed was silent, manifested not in what people said to us, but rather in what they didn't say.
For all those people who say that liberalism is a mental disorder, this scans a lot like neurotic behavior.
We had the privilege to spend enormous amounts of time developing technical expertise without anyone's interference or implicit discouragement. Sure, we worked really hard, but our efforts directly translated into skill improvements without much loss due to interpersonal friction. Because we looked the part.
Philip Guo learned how to be a better programmer... because no one stopped him... because he was Asian. Somewhere his parents, grandparents and dead ancestors just face palmed at the same time.
What used to be considered work is now privilege and what used to be considered learning is now entitlement.
This is your brain on liberalism.