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What we mean when we talk about confronting privilege

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Calling someone a racist is more disturbing to the mainstream than actual institutional racism. Short of witnessing a lynching, there is always some way to explain away race bias. So it goes, too, with privilege.

clipped from whattamisaid.blogspot.com
Talking about white privilege is no more racist than talking about the privileges of the able-bodied is ablist or talking about male privilege is sexist. It is a recognition of the social hierarchy that is our culture.
Confronting one’s privilege, whatever sort of privilege it is, means simply this:
– Acknowleging that a quality you possess offers an advantage over others. (That quality is often unearned like race, gender, sexuality, etc., rendering the advantage unfair)
– Recognizing the unique opportunities and successes that your privilege has afforded you
– Exploring how the less privileged are marginalized
– Working to mitigate the marginalization of the less privileged where you can
Confronting privilege is an ongoing exercise, requiring learning, self-reflection and empathy. It is a struggle to be vigilant against something that we are often completely blind to. But isn’t the struggle worth it?
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h/t to Lexica at Clipmarks for finding this gem.

Do take time to read the whole wise post at What Tami Said.  White folks, we need to know this inside and out, because we can’t tell the rain from the false echoes on our culture-acclimated radar.

As Tami said: “There is always some way to explain away race bias.”

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Written by Monte

August 8, 2009 at 3:20 pm

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  2. WellI’ve seen it baldly stated here A conservative blog for peace.

    The mind boggles.

    Steve

    August 13, 2009 at 1:32 am

  3. Never mind racism — what kind of cultur-acclimatised radar allows people to say things like “universal health care is theft” and others not re realise how utterly morally bankrupt such a statement is?

    Steve

    August 11, 2009 at 5:30 am

    • That is a question that thoroughly baffles me. And it does appear that many of the promoters of such distortion are among the evangelical Christian right. I shake my head in amazement; morality has been abandoned.

      Monte

      August 11, 2009 at 12:37 pm


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