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Response to jeff47 (Reply #55)

Fri Feb 28, 2014, 12:17 AM

60. "Acknowledging racism is acknowledging the harm done to others." That much is true.

 

But why use the term "privilege"? How does it add to most people's understanding? I can understand that it may "click" for people who have adopted a certain worldview, and that's fine. My personal problem is, is that some of them keep telling the rest of us that adopting their language is mandatory, and that if we don't, we cannot possibly fully understand the realities before us. And more importantly, it has not, unfortunately, worked all too well as a public teaching tool, outside of perhaps a very few cases. And I do mean *few*.

And even from a practical standpoint, there's going to be some problems; not every white person actually benefits from racism(even though it can be argued that the possibility that such may happen is always there, which may be true). I haven't, not even indirectly, and neither have many others around here. And there are certainly individuals like Clarence Thomas and Allen West who have reaped personal gain from assisting the perpetuation of the old order, as it were.



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