I'm not playing any game. You're being overly particular to avoid the real issue, which is that there are a lot of podunk mayors so some of them will inevitably say weird stuff. "White privilege" isn't a "narrative" as much as a simple, obvious observation. And otherwise normal people who feel emotionally scarred by it are more to blame for the damage to relationships and productivity (frankly, I think that is a crazy claim, but I'll grant it for the sake of argument) than the observation. "I can't work because someone somewhere observed that I have certain advantages over others" isn't reasonable, IMO.