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  •  To a degree, it does make them more comfortable (1+ / 0-)
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    Because then they can just deny that they have any in them, as most already do. Even the most ardent racist will generally deny it.

    Racism is something that the "other guy" exhibits. It's an act, and is something that can be denied or ignored.

    White Privilege is a state of being that applies to all Whites, regardless of their actions. That's why it makes Whites uncomfortable, and why it is necessary.

    People need to understand that it isn't conditional on their individual behavior. It is a fact of life, and one we need to deal with.

    Having it doesn't make you a bad person - unless you realize you have it and just don't give a shit... or intentionally perpetuate it.

    Awareness is the first step, acceptance is next, and then the willingness to do something about it should follow - at least (in my opinion) for anyone who considers themselves progressive, or liberal, or whatever terminology you prefer.

    "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

    by Diogenes2008 on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 11:49:21 AM PDT

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