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  •  I think it is a turn off to a lot of people. (1+ / 0-)
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    White experience might be a better term.

    I think "white privilege" runs the risk of stirring more division than healthy conversation. The issues of such privilege can be addressed but not by the headline of white privilege. It stirs up too much antipathy and resistance, right off the bat.

    It makes many white folks skeptical of any sort of good intentions behind its usage.

    I think it sometimes stirs up anger in black folks that isnt always beneficial or directed anywhere of use.

    What is the intention? What is the point?

    White privilege...

    Oh fuck yeah, sure I get that. I knew I was privileged early on, from a modest middle class white community... I just knew from TV and blond worship (pretty pervasive, the blond is best model, in America, in those days) and all kinds of messages built into life that I was privileged (not blond, and actually olive skinned, but still... )

    I actually woke up one AM as a little kid, sat up in bed, saw my face staring at me from the mirror on the wall, and the thought spontaneously busted out in my head, a fervent sort of "Thank you, Jesus - thank you God, you did not make me black!" (Or colored. I think that may have been the term then.) I had become conscious that it was so much harder to be of color, not even knowing black people - probably because they were so absent from most everything that mattered. It was so fucking easy to know that.

    That is why I am sometimes taken aback by how much discussion there is around it here. I suppose to make sure those who never got it get it? To stimulate refreshed sensitivity?

    Okay. And then what?

    The many positive comments here (although many are by repeat commenters), or on diaries that go on about white privilege, are representative of a very small group that is  predisposed to not feeling offended or to trying not to upon hearing the term.

    Me, I'm not offended, but I do wonder what the goal is in getting folks to get it. Just awareness? Golly gee... How odd to think that most folks wouldnt have gotten a clue by this point.

    And then... what? What?

    I want to know the what that is supposed to follow.

    The good, flavorful, beneficial what?

    Should a "progressive" Dem blog dwell in the safe zones of a lame party, or should it drive a lame party to break out? If it cant, should it break out?

    by NYCee on Sun May 22, 2011 at 07:29:53 PM PDT

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