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  •  Don't be dense (2+ / 0-)
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    Sure, there can be exceptional people who rise above their station. Tenpoint is, you should not have to be that shining, extraordinary, exceptional person just to reach heights that others reach by fortune of birth.

    I once saw it analogied, quite well, as a video game. At the beginning of a gem, you can choose easy, medium, hard, expert level of difficulty.

    You can start on expert difficulty and still win the game. You can start on easy difficulty and still lose.

    Being a white male is like starting on easy mode with all the cheat codes. It actually takes work to screw it up.

    •  Here is the reference (3+ / 0-)
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      Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is
      by John Scalzi

      It's a marvelous concept, and what was amazing was how many straight white males went absolutely bonkers loudly insisting that this was NOT TRUE when it so obviously is true.

      In capitalist America, bank robs you!

      by madhaus on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 12:24:06 PM PDT

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      •  Liked Scalzi's Redshirts (0+ / 0-)

        and he may be right that "normal' or "default" is still SWM, but that doesn't get you to the diary's claim that the goal of conservatism is the conscious aggrandizement of white male power. In short, I agree more with St. Jimmy, that economics trumps race and, in point of fact, I think that the accusations of racism against Republicans, conservatives and Tea Party supporters are almost entirely misplaced. Heretical, I know.

        •  My diary has nothing, zero, zilch to do with racis (0+ / 0-)

          Where in my diary did I even mention racism once. It is completely about keeping the traditional, straight white male power structure in place. Pretty sure racism is not mentioned.

          They fight against anything that may increase the power of someone not them.

          •  My error, then (0+ / 0-)

            From now on, if someone tells me that the staright white male power structure is racist or enshrines racism, I'll refer them to you for correction.

            •  Don't get me wrong.... (3+ / 0-)
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              Some of them may use racism as a tool to oppress opposition and rally support to their cause, but to them racism would just be a tool to cement their own place and tear down those trying to improve their own station.

              The composition of the "other" is really irrelevant to the dominate power structure. The just don't want whatever "other" it is improving because they feel it as a threat. Whether that "other" is women, the poor, the middle class, homosexuals, a different race, immigrants, the wrong religion, etc. That is actually irrelevant to the power structure except when they can use it as a cudgel. They are very practical after all. Practical enough to exploit other people's demons, of course.

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