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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 04:21 AM

 

Whites don't understand white privilege the way that fish don't understand water.

Whites don’t understand white privilege the way that fish don’t understand water. It’s a failure of imagination. They can’t imagine a world that’s any different.

Ta-Nehisi Coates destroys the myth of the White Working Class voter as explanation for Trump's win

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/9/7/1696846/-Ta-Nehisi-Coates-destroys-the-myth-of-the-White-Working-Class-voter-as-explanation-for-Trump-s-win?detail=emailLL

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Reply Whites don't understand white privilege the way that fish don't understand water. (Original post)
jodymarie aimee Sep 2017 OP
cyclonefence Sep 2017 #1
MrScorpio Sep 2017 #2
nocalflea Sep 2017 #3
handmade34 Sep 2017 #4
ismnotwasm Sep 2017 #5
raven mad Sep 2017 #6
ananda Sep 2017 #7

Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 04:36 AM

1. This essay is immensely important

A transformative work of art.

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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 04:57 AM

2. Damn skippy! nt

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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 06:46 AM

3. Truth hurts.

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 09:07 AM

4. Excellent essay!!!!

Ta-Nehisi Coates' essay is a must read... his writing is exceptional and mesmerizing

America’s first white president (This essay is drawn from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book, We Were Eight Years in Power)


"...the most powerful country in the world has handed over all its affairs—the prosperity of its entire economy; the security of its 300 million citizens; the purity of its water, the viability of its air, the safety of its food; the future of its vast system of education; the soundness of its national highways, airways, and railways; the apocalyptic potential of its nuclear arsenal—to a carnival barker who introduced the phrase grab ’em by the pussy into the national lexicon...

The American tragedy now being wrought is larger than most imagine and will not end with Trump. In recent times, whiteness as an overt political tactic has been restrained by a kind of cordiality that held that its overt invocation would scare off “moderate” whites. This has proved to be only half true at best. Trump’s legacy will be exposing the patina of decency for what it is and revealing just how much a demagogue can get away with. It does not take much to imagine another politician, wiser in the ways of Washington and better schooled in the methodology of governance—and now liberated from the pretense of antiracist civility—doing a much more effective job than Trump.

It has long been an axiom among certain black writers and thinkers that while whiteness endangers the bodies of black people in the immediate sense, the larger threat is to white people themselves, the shared country, and even the whole world. There is an impulse to blanch at this sort of grandiosity. When W. E. B. Du Bois claims that slavery was “singularly disastrous for modern civilization” or James Baldwin claims that whites “have brought humanity to the edge of oblivion: because they think they are white,” the instinct is to cry exaggeration. But there really is no other way to read the presidency of Donald Trump. The first white president in American history is also the most dangerous president—and he is made more dangerous still by the fact that those charged with analyzing him cannot name his essential nature, because they too are implicated in it."

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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 09:08 AM

5. Yup.

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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 10:42 AM

6. Because it's "normal" for us. n/t

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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 10:45 AM

7. Yes, white privilege is something we take for granted.

But I would add that it's not so great for females either; it's more
like white *male* privilege.

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