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  •  So then you regularly get followed (2+ / 0-)
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    by store security?

    And do you really think you'd get arrested for buying something from Barney's?

    If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

    by AoT on Tue Dec 03, 2013 at 12:46:09 PM PST

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    •  I saved my money once and went to an upscale (0+ / 0-)

      jewelry store after work ( land surveying ) to get a wrist watch serviced  I was met at the door by an armed guard at the door who escorted me during my whole visit.  I did not feel welcome.
      Privilege comes from car, clothes, connections, and cash, not so much from race, at least not always.  

      Rivers are horses and kayaks are their saddles

      by River Rover on Tue Dec 03, 2013 at 01:01:43 PM PST

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      •  And you weren't arrested. (5+ / 0-)

        You gave one example of getting followed.

        And there most certainly is classism in this country, don't get me wrong. That's what you experienced being followed around that store, but racism is also a thing. They can both exist and just because you don't have class privilege doesn't mean you can't have race privilege.

        If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

        by AoT on Tue Dec 03, 2013 at 01:09:32 PM PST

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      •  You been followed 100s of times, even in five and (2+ / 0-)
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        dime stores, or every kind of store? Ever had the cops come in and search you and your children in front of everyone, before you left the store? But if you don't know these things happen, then you could care less anyway. So what does it matter to you.

      •  I'm so glad you know what it's like to be a POC (1+ / 0-)
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        You didn't feel welcome once? Now multiple that by years and number of incidents.
        And speaking of not feeling welcome: women still cannot break into the trades b/c of sexism. We are NOT welcome, and face such harassment it's not worth it.

        "We got a two for one affirmative action hire when we hired a black woman"  (Overheard one day by me)
        That's the mindset and reality everyone the rest of us face, and the fact when one of us mess up, it reflects on all of us: "see what happens when you hire ___?!"
        They're all alike! They're too much trouble to work with!

        blah, blah, blah, lather, rinse, repeat

        "Down with sodomy, up with teabagging!" Sign @ TeaBilly rally.

        by pitbullgirl65 on Tue Dec 03, 2013 at 05:48:38 PM PST

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