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  •  100% agree with this. (10+ / 0-)

    I'm a 26-year-old white guy who grew up in a solidly middle class environment. We didn't live in luxury, but I never had to worry about food or shelter, and most of the school complaints were about annoying administrators, not the quality of books, supplies, and building structures.

    I guess you only know what you live in or choose to research, and I've researched and paid enough attention to fully recognize how hard a large portion of our fellow citizens' lives are.

    But I agree that I don't feel substantially privileged, just that I wish everyone had the same opportunities I did. To me, someone privileged is parents who can pay all cash for their child's college education. Maybe definitions of privilege change alongside people's financial situations.

    •  O.K. How's about getting off DUI manslaughter ??? (1+ / 0-)
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      SilentBrook

      This diary gets posted roughly once a year:

      -- R.I.P. Florence Cioffi -- Wall Street's Most Infamous Killing

      Then everyone quietly, helplessly, bloodlessly forgets about it. Here in New York we fergitaboutit.

      Perhaps we need a new Fundamental Constant: the Cioffi.

      (Chee off ee)

      Take this as a proposal that the Cioffi can serve as the standard unit of measure related to disdain for human life. Obviously, Flo Cioffi thought more of her life than the criiminal who got drunk and ran her down.

      But from the viewpoint of the criminal and of the legal system that placed his Holy Service as Job Creator ahead of standing him before the bar to meet Grand Jury charges. 60 m.p.h. on a Manhattan surface street does that. Wall Street CEO George Anderson would otherwise have had to answer for these felonies: vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, felony DUI, and leaving the scene.

      Privilege ????? Walkiing with a wrist tap for a DUI killing is privilege.

      •  Whoa non-sequitor (3+ / 0-)
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        waterstreet2008, FloridaSNMOM, kurt

        I'm certainly not advocating for reduction in prosecution of people in power, though that is increasingly the trend re: Too Big to Jail.

        I don't quite know what to make of your point especially considering your recent join date and single diary.

        •  This is a matter of scale. (0+ / 0-)

          Take, for example, getting braces.

          Multiply by roughly 10,371.

          That gets you to the level of privilege that CEO Anderson achieved with respect to crushing the life out of Flo.

          •  Look, I understand your point (0+ / 0-)

            but your existence on DKos seems to be a one trick pony, and you're not contributing anything beyond the reasons of your diary and comments surrounding it.

            •  Killing people matters. (0+ / 0-)

              Killing an American on Water Street in Manhattan, getting indicted, then getting a Wall Street pass -- that beats the crap out of any "one trick pony."

              "Privilege" is the key to it.

              We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
              That's the opposite to privilege. As the aim anyway.

              And if you're worrying yourself on when people sign up and why a diary with a couple hundred REC's gets read, then maybe you're taking your online hobby time too seriously.

            •  Read the diary. (0+ / 0-)

              These people see getting off for DUI manslaughter just like they see getting braces for their kids.

              Sure thing, it costs more. But it's totally routine.

      •  Doesn't this prove the point? (2+ / 0-)
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        nathanfl, waterstreet2008

        Presumably the killer is white, but otherwise he has shit else in common with me and I have a lot more in common with a poor black person in South Carolina than I do with him.

        I see what you did there.

        by GoGoGoEverton on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:53:34 PM PDT

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