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  •  I've found an interesting study (0+ / 0-)

    which says that framing things in terms of "privileges" does work to raise consciousness and make white people less racist:  http://data.psych.udel.edu/...(15)/Powell.pdf

    I'm still concerned because the idea of "privilege" still implies to me that we should learn to get along without them -- e.g. white people should get used to being feared and distrusted on the basis of skin color; sexual violence against men should be considered legitimate since women have to put up with it -- but if research indicates that this framing has a measurable positive effect and may actually do some good in the real world, that carries some weight with me.

    Please visit: http://www.jkmediasource.org

    by Noisy Democrat on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 12:54:43 PM PDT

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    •  I always took the term as ironic (1+ / 0-)
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      It's not saying that no one should have what we have as rights. It's mocking the fact that white people see them as basic human rights, but people of color do not get them. In that way, they have become privileges reserved only for some.

      Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

      by moviemeister76 on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 01:09:04 PM PDT

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      •  You know, if that explanation were commonly (0+ / 0-)

        offered, it would do an awful lot to make me feel more comfortable with the whole thing. "These things should be basic human rights, but instead they've become privileges. You have these privileges and other people don't. This is a huge problem." I can get behind that wholeheartedly. I was resisting the implicit idea that these things are supposed to be privileges. But when you put it that way -- yeah, obviously, we white people have privileges out the wazoo. We should be working to make them rights that everyone has, but far too often, they're just our privileges.

        Does appending that bit of explanation to the framing undo the intended power of the frame?

        Please visit: http://www.jkmediasource.org

        by Noisy Democrat on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 01:13:40 PM PDT

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