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Fri Sep 18, 2015, 01:18 PM

22. Thanks.

It's clear that even many white liberals (never mind white right wingers) don't grasp the nature of white privilege. And many don't get that institutionalized/structural racism of the past continues to impact the present. Not to mention the impact of present day institutionalized racism.

They like to use a term like "color blind" as if anyone honestly doesn't see color, as if implicit bias tests haven't shown beyond a reasonable doubt that skin color infiltrates the subconscious. What "color blindness" amounts to is a blindness to the reality faced by persons of color--so, color blindness is not a helpful notion.

And then there are those who think economics or class are all that matter, ignoring the fact that wealthy persons of color are mistreated more than poor white folks. Economic inequality should be addressed, but racial injustice must be addressed as a separate issue, because it is a separate issue.

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