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    especially this:

    And on that same note, since we white people are used to being the center of attention, we are used to being able to dismiss things that don't mesh with our life experiences. THAT has been the hardest habit for me to break. It is so difficult to say, "This person knows about this more than I do, so I am going to bow to his/her better judgment." This is especially true when it comes to giving up a behavior or a phrase. Since no one thinks they are evil, it is so incredibly easy to justify behavior by saying that since the intent is not racist or bigoted, then there is nothing wrong with it, so anyone asking me to stop is just making a big deal out of nothing.
    and relates directly to a lot of conversations I've had with my husband. I'm black, he's white, we've been married almost 22 years and together longer. Clearly, I don't think my husband is racist or has a problem with race but we have had a number of discussions over the course of our relationship about realities of his privilege, both as a male and a white male.

    I think it didn't really sink in and become a part of his cultural DNA as it has always been a part of mine until our son approached his late teens and adulthood and he saw that his own biological flesh and blood would not be accorded the same privileges society automatically confers on him, even when he's unaware they're being conferred.

    I think sometimes what manifests itself when discussing race on the left is that people are generally coming from a good place and in no other way are there similarities with people they shun. And while some of the actions aren't overt or malevolent, there is benign and benevolent racism that is just as ( if not sometimes more) hurtful.

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 07:11:18 AM PDT

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