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  •  I agree with your points on an (16+ / 0-)

    intellectual level.

    On an emotional level, borne of a lifetime of experiences being black, it gets tiresome having to coddle (explicitly or implicitly)  and consider other people's feelings when clearly they don't mine.

    It's tiresome having to be the bigger person and give the benefit of the doubt that it's not just animus and remind myself to  consider their self respect. I do it for the most part because as you point out, it's a more objective way to break through, but there are days when I just don't give a shit and it's hard not to resent always having to give a shit.

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    by Vita Brevis on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 07:39:59 AM PDT

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    •  Absolutely (12+ / 0-)

      It is kind of unfathomable to me that Barack Obama can be the object of an avalanche of racism and not betray a trace of anger about it.

      There is a level of patriotism or even saintliness that is an amazing gift to the nation. How can he be twice as good?

      I would think people would need a place to be angry in order to keep the authority of their own voice. So, I would see your resentment as an expression of truth.

      It is certainly a mystery to me that it would be white people who lack the faculties for self governance. But it is true that the distortions of priviledge are readily assimilated by the ego and leave white people vulnerable to loopy ideologies.

      Another small point: I have participated in conversations where the understanding of white priviledge is expressed as though it is a problem that I had access to a good education and so on... And that is impossible for me to swallow. It is not that my benefits are a problem but that we want the benefits I have as a white person to be available to everyone.

    •  That's something I really do appreciate (3+ / 0-)
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      If it's not easy for me, it must be that much harder for you. Obama's also written some great stuff (which I discuss in the book) on exactly that point as well. That's why, I believe, it helps to know you've got allies and friends as you struggle to deal with fighting for change.

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