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  •  you can't (2+ / 0-)
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    but you can be conscious, struggle, be righteous, and be a good race traitor against whiteness as Brother Noel Ignatiev would say.

    check out his talk at OWS if you are not familiar with him.

    •  If, by your own admission, I can't disavow (0+ / 0-)

      my "white privilege" then why did you interject that loaded term into the discussion?

      And, no, I can't be a good race traitor because that doesn't compute.   My race is the human race.  I'm not going to betray humanity because that is all we have.  Am I imperfect in practicing this?  Absolutely.

      Perhaps like you, I'm an imperfect human that was born in the 20th century with all the racial, political, gender, religious, etc. baggage of those that came before us.  

      But I think the real issue is that the diary is not really defensible and so you lashed out at my being born into a white body.  It's a perfectly understandable, if flawed, human reaction.  I've seen worse.

      Be well.

      We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

      by theotherside on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 05:41:36 PM PDT

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      •  my diary is sound (4+ / 0-)

        feel free to disagree. be specific. how is the logic flawed. please help me.

        in all, that is life. You can be a race traitor. You have to own your whiteness and disavow it if you are really striving to do the work you claim to.

        verbal semantics won't get you out of that ethical bind. sorry.

        also, white privilege is real. again, if you want to do the type of work you profess you should brush up on it. i am not in the business of comforting white folks--check out my earlier post on liberal racism here on Kos to get some insight on my m.o. in that regards.

        now, if you just want to fly the flag to make yourself feel all righteous and good, so be it, just don't pat yourself on the back too much.

        •  I had a really hard time explaining this (0+ / 0-)

          I was trying to explain the concept of owning whiteness (I used the terms "recognize and accept") to a friend, and I did a piss poor job of it, IMHO. (I sort of stumble through issues of race and try to do what's in my heart; articulating concepts like this isn't my strong suit.)

          What - to you - does it mean to own one's whiteness?

          Also, I'd like your take on disavowal, too.

          The problem with going with your gut as opposed to your head is that the former is so often full of shit. - Randy Chestnut

          by lotusmaglite on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 05:59:10 PM PDT

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