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  •  and with perfect timing (3+ / 0-)

    the slavery deniers arrive. white privilege 101, do the work yourself.

    •  chauncey - there were slaves in the US (0+ / 0-)

      that is a fact. I don't ever deny facts.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 12:30:46 PM PDT

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      •  as I said your comment stinks of white privilege (3+ / 0-)
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        AoT, Tonedevil, Larsstephens

        do your own work and reflect on that shortcoming.

        Funny, no one ever tells our Jewish brothers and sisters to get over the Holocaust. Then again many of the slavery get over it denying club also do not want to talk about the genocide of our First Nations brothers and sisters either.

        if you want to do some reading there are whole volumes about the relationship between chattel slavery and disparities in income, health, wealth, opportunity structures, political power and the like in 21st century America.

        The past isn't even past or yesterday to flip a phrase.

        The luxury of denying the recent past (hell black folks have only been full citizens on paper in this country for about four decades) is a great privilege.

        Slavery was so recent in this country that if you are in your 30s or 40s and a black American whose history goes back to the Middle Passage, your grandmother's grandmother was likely born a slave. If you don't understand the power of that history in the present and how recent it is I do not know what to tell you.

        Perhaps the color line truly is a boundary on one's capacity to empathize, respect, and understand the Other? Whiteness is after all prefaced on such denials.

        Re: reparations (which is where many of these "dialogues" go) the corporate entities which benefited from the murder of many millions of black folks through the slave trade still exist. The question becomes what to do about litigation. Folks smarter than me are still hashing that one out.

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