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Response to lumberjack_jeff (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 27, 2014, 09:38 PM

19. I would separate the two issues

as I think they operate in completely different spheres.

Plenty of people claim to not be racist as they don't act in malice towards people of color. Yet many of these same people can't ever begin a story involving a person of color without describing the difference between them ("So I was talking to this black guy" "I'm just like that black football player who came out". It goes beyond race too ("So my Jewish neighbor..".

That is privilege. When they speak of white people just like themselves there are never any qualifiers. "So I was talking to this guy" "I'm just like that football player who came out" "So my neighbor.."

That is just one aspect of broad range of privilege. I'm guilty of it and I try to be aware of it and not do it.

And I'm ignoring your effort to make this a blame issue.

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