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Fri May 25, 2018, 09:58 AM

The sad fact is

that white people can do things black people can't do, simply because they are white. I am sure that somewhere there are statistics to back this up. White people can, for instance, call the cops on black people for no good reason and know that the cops will show up, prepared to protect them. Black people who call the cops for reasons good or bad have at least a slight chance of being shot to death by the cops for no good reason. That chance, however slight, is enough to make any sane person hesitate to call the cops. Thus we say that white people are "privileged." They--we--don't have to be afraid that the cops will kill us for calling 911.

Because you are white you have this advantage. Having white privilege doesn't make you a racist. Refusing to acknowledge that you have white privilege does.

And this is not just a theoretical or philosophical problem. It is important for Democrats to understand and embrace this. We need the black vote, and black voters need a party that will work together for a more just and equal society, a party that is inclusive not just in words but in supporting black candidates at all levels. One way to dilute white privilege is to elect more black people to be in charge.

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Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 12:47 PM

1. Beautifully said!

"Because you are white you have this advantage. Having white privilege doesn't make you a racist. Refusing to acknowledge that you have white privilege does."

That is the best explanation I've ever seen. I am constantly checking my white privilege. It is not fair and never has been. I know I can't change being white, but I DO know I can watch my own thoughts and behavior, realize that white people ARE raised to be racist--at least to some degree--just by what white society teaches (or doesn't teach). But it is my job to learn and change and evolve the best way I can.

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Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 12:47 PM

2. I once read this quote:

 

Failure to acknowledge privilege is an abuse of privilege.

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Response to RandomAccess (Reply #2)

Fri May 25, 2018, 11:55 PM

6. Right

It isnít that difficult to comprehend.

We all, everybody regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation must fight for equality in all things for everyone. There is no need whatsoever to let others do the fighting because we arenít the same as they are in some aspect. We are all humanity.

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Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 12:56 PM

3. k and r

 

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Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 11:37 PM

4. Stacey Abrams's bid in Georgia.



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Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 11:38 PM

5. Excellent post - so eloquent and dead on!

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