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    Posted: May 03 2014 at 2:51pm


Didn't read all that crap. WTF did he do? Nothing. O my parents did this and that.Sleepy






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Originally posted by Privileged ass cracka Privileged ass cracka wrote:



 “Check your privilege,” they tell me in a command that teeters between an imposition to actually explore how I got where I am, and a reminder that I ought to feel personally apologetic because white males seem to pull most of the strings in the world.

I do not accuse those who “check” me and my perspective of overt racism, although the phrase, which assumes that simply because I belong to a certain ethnic group I should be judged collectively with it, toes that line. But I do condemn them for diminishing everything I have personally accomplished, all the hard work I have done in my life, and for ascribing all the fruit I reap not to the seeds I sow but to some invisible patron saint of white maleness who places it out for me before I even arrive. Furthermore, I condemn them for casting the equal protection clause, indeed the very idea of a meritocracy, as a myth, and for declaring that we are all governed by invisible forces (some would call them “stigmas” or “societal norms”), that our nation runs on racist and sexist conspiracies. Forget “you didn’t build that;” check your privilege and realize that nothing you have accomplished is real.

But they can’t be telling me that everything I’ve done with my life can be credited to the racist patriarchy holding my hand throughout my years of education and eventually guiding me into Princeton. Even that is too extreme. So to find out what they are saying, I decided to take their advice. I actually went and checked the origins of my privileged existence, to empathize with those whose underdog stories I can’t possibly comprehend. I have unearthed some examples of the privilege with which my family was blessed, and now I think I better understand those who assure me that skin color allowed my family and I to flourish today.

Perhaps it’s the privilege my grandfather and his brother had to flee their home as teenagers when the Nazis invaded Poland, leaving their mother and five younger siblings behind, running and running until they reached a Displaced Persons camp in Siberia, where they would do years of hard labor in the bitter cold until World War II ended.
















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Originally posted by Midna Midna wrote:

Why did you post this avoidant sh*t?
 
No need to be rude. Yes, we ALL know this is typical peckerwood behavior.....Personally, I saw this sh*t entertaining & funny as fucc, to say the least.
 
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Originally posted by juicifruit89 juicifruit89 wrote:

He doesn't get it...his ancestors were able to achieve alllll of the laundry list of things previously mentioned without having the added burden of Jim Crow laws. On one hand, he says that his ancestors had SUCH a hard time starting in America, but smugly assumes that minorities should have gotten ahead a long time ago since it's so simple for everyone.

Being decades removed from the Civil Rights movement, too many Whites (and Blacks) are leaving out important historical circumstances. While he worked hard in classes, studying like everyone else he is using privilege to ignore the fact that race is not a factor when he goes to applies for jobs, housing, etc. If he started at level '0', those who are discriminated against start at level '-1' That's what white privilege is, and to admit it would be to threaten your very valuable advantage.

break it down for those bastards. Because this concept is so damn difficult for them to grasp SleepyErmm
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Comes to mind how after the civil war there were Black congressmen and other political elite in south Carolina, then post reconstruction they passed racist laws to disenfranchise blacks and took away all political power.

I just want to ask if his grandparents could vote when they landed in the land of opportunity. Cause mine couldn't.

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^Stop talking about slavery you guise. Get over it!Angry
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Originally posted by Gkisses Gkisses wrote:

I hate when deniers say my grand so and so came here poor . Started their own business or worked at yadda yadda. And im like ugh you know slaves didnt have that option right?



And when they tried they had their businesses burned to the ground.
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I hate when deniers say my grand so and so came here poor . Started their own business or worked at yadda yadda. And im like ugh you know slaves didnt have that option right?
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i really thought this was going to be an essay trying to help other whites understand what white privilege is...from what i did read, he hits every point they want to hear to avoid being educated about it, so well played...well played. Pinch
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