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View Diary: Meet the Extraordinary Men Who Kept Me From Becoming a Racist (65 comments)

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  •  My racism (7+ / 0-)

    was less overt and more related to an inability to see white male privilege for what it was. I had a fortunate discussion with a close college friend, also a white male but slightly more enlightened, about affirmative action.

    During the course of the discussion, he convinced me of the pragmatic benefit of encouraging minority advancement for a multitude of reasons such as having role models in place to hopefully, at some point, balance out the inherent self-selection that tends to affect most if not all cultures and subgroups.

    A rather crude argument, but it flipped my opinion of affirmative action and more importantly 'cracked the shell' which allowed me to evaluate or society in, I hope, a way less programmed by my upbringing, which had fairly limited contact with non-white culture.

    •  just hearing a white male use the term (0+ / 0-)

      'white male privlege" is heartening. I somehow escaped life not even knowing about the notion of white privlege myself until (blush) the last five years. In my defense I think I understood it intuitively and acted that way.

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