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  •  Acknowledging privilege exists, and identifying (2+ / 0-)
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    OllieGarkey, moviemeister76

    the ways in which each of us as individuals may have benefitted from various forms of it is the first step toward being able to discuss it (and ultimately, the subject of race) honestly and constructively.

    •  Privilege definitely exists, and while I have some (2+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe, moviemeister76

      mild critiques on the use of terminology when it comes to discussing it, that's just a question of talking points and being effective at convincing people.

      To use a quick analogy, being born with privilege is like being born with big feet. You didn't choose it, and nobody cares if you have it until you use it to step on others.

      Maybe it attacks this American myth that we ultimately get what we deserve, or that we're all self-made pioneers or something. If people feel like they don't deserve the things they have, it attacks their self worth.

      Is that it?

      I don't know. I don't get the reaction. Either to guilt or to privilege.

      An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

      by OllieGarkey on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 11:20:03 AM PDT

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      •  Ah I didn't see this comment before I posted (0+ / 0-)

        Yes, I do think the guilt is tied to our white American mythology and how that influences our self-worth.

        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 Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 08:36:34 PM PDT

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