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  •  Excellent diary. Have you seen this? (3+ / 0-)

    This essay might help engender empathy in the next straight white male that doesn't seem to "get it", if he plays vieo games at all.  Older men who haven't ever been gamers are another matter, but anyone under the age of 40-45 should get it.

    It doesn't fully build empathy with the worst that white culture has done to people of color (and women in general), but it does do a fair job of waking these guys up & causing that first uncomfortable shift into awareness of priveledge that might open the door to real empathy.

    Bonus, John Scalzi is merciless about managing the comments people post, requiring basic levels of courtesy, so even when there are heated discussions, what you read will be on topic & people will reply in ways that add thoughtful commentary.  One of those rare places on the internet where reading the comments doesn't cause brain melting, as happens when becomming horrified that humanity apparently produces those entities who post comments on youtube or cnn.

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