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View Diary: Barack Obama on White Privilege: And Why We Need To Listen (231 comments)

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  •  Well said. (6+ / 0-)

    There's a fact that I think doesn't get recognized by a lot of people who talk about privilege: it's perfectly possible to be privileged in one way and massively disadvantaged in another.  You can reap all the benefits of your race and AT THE SAME TIME suffer the drawbacks of your economic class (and/or your gender, and/or your religion or lack thereof, and/or your sexual orientation, and/or any number of other possibilities).

    And because a lot of the benefits of being white are invisible -- you consider them the default state of being, and may well not recognize that not everybody has them -- if you're in that circumstance, dealing with a lot of other drawbacks, it's very hard not to resent being told that you're privileged.

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