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  •  You can't check out library books (1+ / 0-)
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    peregrine kate

    if you don't have a safe place to keep books. You'd be surprised how many kids lack that... frequent moves, untrustworthy siblings, etc.

    There's also the issue of being able to get to the library to check out and return books. In my community the nearest library is a half hour away by car. Even when I lived in the city, it would not have been possible for a child to travel from our house to the library of her own volition.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 01:44:56 PM PDT

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    •  A safe place to keep books is luck, not privilege (1+ / 0-)
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      kurt

      the luck of the draw on who your parents were, what their attitudes were towrds books and education.
      Liking or disliking books is also a matter of taste, not privilege.
      I'm lacking the white middle class angst and guilt the diarist has, I grew up poor, joined the Army to get away from it.  And my mom ALWAYS made sure I had a library card, I have one to this day. It was my ID growing up.

      Happy just to be alive

      by exlrrp on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 02:59:46 PM PDT

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      •  Luck and privilege are not mutually exclusive (0+ / 0-)

        In fact they are two different things. Luck has to do with random occurrences that you don't control. Privilege has to do with the paradigms of the culture you live in. At its most fundamental privilege is defining certain characteristics (some of which are acquired by luck) as the norm, and everything else as not. White, non-white. Male, not male. If you are in the group defined as the norm, then you are privileged within this culture. You don't have to like it and you shouldnt feel guilty but it still exists.

        "Maybe life's meaning is not so much found, as it is made." Opus, by Berke Breathed

        by Lisa in Bama on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 03:09:21 PM PDT

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