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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Jul 11, 2016, 08:11 PM

6. Life is an unending hard grind when you're poor.

Being poor and black makes it even worse.

When I was poor and drove an old and crappy (but legal) car, I'd get pulled over for nothing, including once for having a messy car. If I'd been poor, driving a properly registered and insured old car, and black, there's a good chance I would've been arrested and/or fined. I'm sure my whiteness spared me more than inconvenience.

'Privilege,' as some discussions have raised, may not be the best word but I think we all know what is meant, just like we all know "transphobia" doesn't mean "fear of change." Whatever is difficult in my life as a disabled white woman would be even worse if I were a disabled Black woman. It takes nothing from me to acknowledge this.

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