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  •  This reminds me of once, when there were (1+ / 0-)
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    riots going on in New York City. This was back in late eighties or early nineties, probably the Crown Heights Riots.  A friend aske me if he could come over and talk. The violence had really upset him and shaken him. As we were talking, he started crying and referred to "my people." I was really surprised. The violence had upset me as well, so that my friend, who was very sensitive and artistic, would be intensely affected by it, did not surprise me. The tensions of those years in New York had a major effect on my politics. However, it would never occur to me in a million years to refer to white people as "my people."

    It was a very revealing moment, not simply because he said that, but realizing that I wouldn't.

    Of course, it's also part of white priveledge to be able to not identify with one's racial group.

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