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1 Romantic Heretic  May 6, 2014 4:55:07pm

Translation: I know I’d be well and truly fucked if I had to start from the same starting line as ‘those people.’ All that counts is whether I win, not if the game is fair.

2 Shvaughn  May 6, 2014 6:36:02pm

Here’s a good response from a black writer:

You Don’t Have To Apologize For Being White

I bet you worry about your grades, or how you’re going to finish that last paper before the deadline. All college students deal with that. But you’ve probably never had to worry about whether or not you might die at a routine traffic stop. White people don’t have to deal with that. Because you don’t fit the ‘profile’ of a criminal.

That’s part of what people mean when they talk about ‘privilege’.

The ‘equal protection under the law’ you mentioned — it doesn’t quite work that way for people that look like me.

3 wheat-doggha -- oo bird outside my window  May 6, 2014 10:04:53pm

re: #2 Shvaughn

You know, I’m a WASP, and even I get what this black writer means. Somewhere in the USA, there is a black guy with the exact same (real) name as I have, and it’s a safe bet he had a harder time in life than I have had, simply because his skin is darker than mine. Even here in China, whites are preferred over black Africans, African-Americans and Indians as English teachers, because of skin color and latent racism among the Chinese.

Tal Fortgang simply has no clue. I’m not sure I did, either, at the tender age of 18 or 19, but somehow I think I understood the real world then a lot better than he does now.


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