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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?

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

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