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    I believe that this kind of conversation is exactly what we'll need to be frequently if not constantly engaged in if we are to expect to any real "maturity" as a nation. The fantasy of "post-racial" America is, itself (I think), a childish response to lots of cosmetic and some real progress in whatever passes for national discussions on "race" in the U.S. I have to return to my comment on your first excellent piece, that these discussions are inherently personal for each of us. That's what I believe anyway. One must first get honest with self as best as one can, and I admit (reluctantly most often), that despite my perception of my own "enlightenment" on racial "issues," such a perception is fraught with dangers of self-delusion. I am now at an age that I would assume I have some perspective on such discussions, yet I still feel rather naive at times. White privilege is just one topic that is so layered with emotional-cultural baggage that, I suspect, many white folks' responses (including my own depending upon how I feel about my own situation) bear some similarity to that of the young woman you mention. Another response might be, "but what is one to do about it?" One thing, I think, is not to blame religion, as one respondent did here. Another, I believe, is to begin with acceptance in the face of denial. One cannot do anything if one begins from a point of denying the existence of an issue. Action can follow thereafter. Apart from religion, whose impact on blacks, whites and vast numbers of all racial and ethnic groups in this country is also undeniable, these approaches to a very profound and damaging issue such as privilege and discrimination, are rooted in psychological (and spiritual) systems. Approaching such vital issues from these perspectives can initiate changes in the individuals who wish to understand, grow and change in their attitudes and behavior toward each other. As always, thank you for the time and effort you have put into sharing your understanding and learning. Peace to you and Happy New Year.

    I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

    by dannyboy1 on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 08:17:58 AM PST

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