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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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August 8, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Anti-racism clowns steal the show at Nazi/KKK rally

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Truly brilliant!

Clowns from the “100th ARA (Anti-racist-action) Clown Block” cheerfully pop in on a VNN Vanguard Nazi/KKK white supremacist rally in Knoxville, TN, ready to join in the cheers. But they don’t seem to be able to get the words quite right:

clipped from www.neatorama.com

“White Power!” the Nazi’s shouted, “White Flour?” the clowns yelled back running in circles throwing flour in the air and raising separate letters which spelt “White Flour”.
“White Power!” the Nazi’s angrily shouted once more, “White flowers?” the clowns cheers and threw white flowers in the air and danced about merrily.
“White Power!” the Nazi’s tried once again in a doomed and somewhat funny attempt to clarify their message, “ohhhhhh!” the clowns yelled “Tight Shower!” and held a solar shower in the air and all tried to crowd under to get clean as per the Klan’s directions. […]
The clown women thought they finally understood what the Klan was trying to say. “Ohhhhh…” the women clowns said. “Now we understand…”, “WIFE POWER!” they lifted the letters up in the air, grabbed the nearest male clowns and lifted them in their arms and ran about merrily chanting “WIFE POWER! WIFE POWER! WIFE POWER!”
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How wonderful!

Look, these poor dupes are not going to be reasoned with. Perhaps they’d enjoy nothing better than a mutual shout-down, maybe even a brawl (indeed, the VNN founder gets arrested after rushing the newcomers).

But clowns! They completely alter the public memory of the event, replacing rage with humor.

And how appropriate.  There needs to be a consensus that these demonstrators are not the heroic defenders of the nation they imagine themselves to be.  As victims and perpetrators of irrational, paranoid conspiracies (along the lines of the counterfeit-birth-certificate-not-really-our-president hokum), they alienate and destroy.

All America benefits when they’re not taken seriously. [h/t Wendy Babiak]

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