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  •  Sigh. (4+ / 0-)

    Whether or not you choose to see it, it does exist.  And while it can be seen anecdotally, it's far more visible statistically.

    Privilege does not have to exist for other individuals to experience discrimination.
    Well, actually, the ability to not experience discrimination is privilege.

    Privilege means 'private law', ie, the notion that certain laws, whether legal or social, simply don't apply to some people.

    If you're white, you'll never get pulled over for DWB, never be hunted down by some whackjob neighborhood watch for daring to walk down the street while black.  Because that 'private' social law says white people aren't automatically so suspicious when they dare to walk down the street with a bottle of tea and a bag of candy that they have to be confronted and killed.

    And unless you come from multi-generational poverty, you even inherited economic privilege not available to the vast majority of minorities.  Got a decent education?  Privilege.  Raised in a household where you weren't worried about whether or not you'd be living in the same house the next month?  privilege.

    Hell, I've been below the poverty line for the last 3 or 4 years in income, but thanks to the privilege my parents had, I'm not homeless, not using government programs for the poor, and I still have internet access.

    You might not want to accept the blame for violence committed by people before your birth, but if you just think about it, you can't deny that you benefited from that violence.

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