Tal Fortgang wrote "Checking My White Privilege" for the campus conservative publication the Princeton Tory.
I am not familiar with the expression 'check your privilege' with which he frames the piece. He says it is used to silence him as a white male from contributing his opinions in general. He does not provide any specifics, so it is hard to know the context in which the phrase is actually used. The closest he comes to an account of how it is used is not, he allows, meant to silence him. Rather, he says, the charge "teeters between" urging him to examine the roots of his opinion to see if they are framed by privilege, and to suggest that he apologize for having those privileges.
If that is what 'check your privilege' means, then examining the roots of his opinions seems like a reasonable call to critical thinking. If they do, in fact, mean that he should apologize for his privileges, that would seem to go over the line. But he does not say they do, so it is hard to know what his actual complaint boils down to.
The bulk of the essay, though, is not really about checking his white or male privilege at all. It is an account of hard and heroic things done in his family. He checked his family's story of surviving persecution and working hard,
and concluded that he does not have any privilege, but only a legacy of
Which means that in his essay on 'white male privilege' he never actually addresses white male privilege. He is right that his whiteness and maleness is not the whole story of his life. But neither does he say anyone else said it was. He does not acknowledge, though, that there have been untold small advantages of whiteness and maleness in his path thus far, which, indeed, is some of the story of his life.
In fact, in this short essay, he does not show any understanding of what his unnamed interlocutors are talking about when they urge him to 'check his privilege'. That work is still undone.