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  •  FWIW. I read somewhere (sorry don't remember (5+ / 0-)
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    where), one of the folks in Newtown make a comment about all the gifts that have been pouring in for the children of Newtown. What the person said was, basically, "hey, our kids really don't need all these gifts--we can afford to buy them. So we'll be donating these things to others who need them more.

    Could be that the people who end up acknowledging white privilege and the attendant economic benefits it confers are the ones who've suffered most from this particular tragedy.

    I believe the person also said, "Hey, if you want to express your condolences, how about donating gifts to people who need them more in the NAME of our children?"

    Oh, and yeah, when it comes to making clear the glaring difference between "white tragedies" and "black tragedies", the better "comparative case study" is Katrina vs. Hurricane Sandy, not "Sandy Hook" vs. "everyday" gun violence on every street in every inner city in the country.

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