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  •  Dammit, I backspaced and lost a long comment. (5+ / 0-)

    by accidentally flipping myself back to the front page.

    In short, I think this comment goes more off the rails.

    White privilege exists, and it severely impacts the everyday lives of almost every person of color.  Ditto male privilege, Christian privilege, heterosexual privilege, and so on.

    You (and I) are not 'a problem by definition' by virtue of our lack of melanin or testicles.  But you can certainly become part of the problem by denying that such divisions don't exist and don't matter.

    •  I'll grant you this, there are some who would (1+ / 0-)
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      still deny opportunity based on race and gender but I just don't see that as very common, any longer.  I grew up in a very diverse town and have always lived in very divese neighborhoods.  I have purposefully stayed away from serile, lilly white suburbs because I find them hugely boring and I just haven't seen many people at all that would deny talent or ability based on race or gender.... and I live and work in Dallas, Texas - hardly a bastion of free thinking liberalism.  

      We do have laws against such practices, thank God, even though they are difficult to enforce.  

      The real power in America is held by a fast-emerging new Oligarchy of pimps and preachers who see no need for Democracy or fairness or even trees, except maybe the ones in their own yards, and they don't mind admitting it. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

      by Saint Jimmy on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 10:42:29 AM PDT

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      •  It goes beyond just explicitly (4+ / 0-)
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        denying opportunity.  The idea that racism is just a bunch of people not liking people who aren't white is incredibly misleading.  We have an institutional problem that systemically disenfranchises and reduces opportunity for people of color.  Things like having less of a chance of getting an interview based on having a "black" name, which is incredibly common and nearly impossible to regulate, are just one small part of that.

        There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

        by AoT on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 12:59:18 PM PDT

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        •  Sadly, some of what you describe occurs. (0+ / 0-)

          However, I think we have to be very careful not to alienate those who are not guilty.  I think we (moderates and liberals) have done that to an extent and I think it has hurt liberal candidates more than we want to know.

          The real power in America is held by a fast-emerging new Oligarchy of pimps and preachers who see no need for Democracy or fairness or even trees, except maybe the ones in their own yards, and they don't mind admitting it. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

          by Saint Jimmy on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 01:24:22 PM PDT

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          •  You mean we shouldn't alienate those (3+ / 0-)
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            who think they aren't guilty.  Because a hell of a lot of people are guilty of doing these things subconsciously.  If people are actually concerned about taking down the oligarchs then they need to stop getting so damn defensive when they are criticized for things they do wrong, especially when it comes to race.  Because I see it all the time, people yelling about how we need to stop worrying about race, and it's almost always white people.  That's not a coincidence.

            There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

            by AoT on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 01:33:31 PM PDT

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