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    It reminds me of the West Wing episode in which cartographers argue that the globe should be represented with the Northern Hemisphere on the bottom.

    I think though that the framing of "privilege" does carry more than one meaning -- and it's not only that it's an unfamiliar vantage point from which to look at the white situation (or the male situation, for that matter -- it is rather new for me to think that men have the "privilege" of walking down the street at night without worrying about rape). Privileges can be revoked, privileges can be taken away, etc. When I try to imagine a society in which white people aren't "privileged" to feel OK about their skin color or aren't "privileged" to think that their skin color is irrelevant when they go to cash a check, for instance, I imagine that we've built a society in which everyone has to take a certain amount of crap due to their race and everyone is just supposed to suck it up and accept that it's the human condition to be abused on account of your race, but at least now the misery is shared out more fairly. It's harder for me to imagine that we've arrived at a society where the privileges are shared out more fairly, because that isn't where a "privilege" model naturally leads my imagination. That's why I keep asking where we're going with this model.

    But if the one study I've found so far is right and shifting to a "privilege" framework can help, I can conceivably get behind it -- but with a lot of reservations, still, because of not knowing how we formulate the goals within the "privilege" model.

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    by Noisy Democrat on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 01:05:51 PM PDT

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