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Response to Doodley (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 29, 2019, 12:29 PM

8. Are you familiar with the concept of white privilege?

It doesn't mean that you, personally, have had an easy life just because you're white. It describes a systemic advantage or benefit of the doubt granted to white people as a whole, with measurable economic and social benefits *in the aggregate.* What it can look like at the individual level is a video game on an easier setting. It doesn't predict outcomes, but it can find patterns: In a conflict such as a traffic stop for speeding, a white person over time is more likely to get off with a warning than a black person, that kind of thing.

It doesn't mean any of us has to apologize for who we are. That's not what unpacking racism is about. It does mean some serious reckoning with the institutions in this country and how they are built on the concept of white supremacy, and whether we're willing to put in the effort to undo those biases.

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