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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    Good evening, CJ. Working hard is too often equated with so-called white privilege. I grew up in a small town with (much) lower than average income per capita. I love it when people ascribe my modest success in life to advantages of birth. My grandfathers, a tenant farmer and a coal miner, respectively, would be proud.
    I have often wondered why I worked so hard! It's nice to know that it was because I was "privileged."

    Good afternoon, Jack, and CJ.

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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Good evening 2M - hope all is well - I see much of the Politico gang has migrated here and still active so I'm glad I didn't lose those friends.

    As for the issue, some people naturally blame others or circumstances for their personal failures - when you have a President who lives by it, you can understand it in others.
    I like to think of the POLITICO emigres as settlers arriving in the New World. On a more Sci-Fi theme, we could be the survivors from a doomed planet. Regardless, this is a good place and I'm glad to have you and the others here.
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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I just hope there aren't other racist, race-baiting idiots to fill their void. They may be gone but that doesn't necessarily mean that they won't be succeeded.
    You might find the current President will need a hobby/vocation when he leaves the White House.

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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    I have often wondered why I worked so hard! It's nice to know that it was because I was "privileged."

    Good afternoon, Jack, and CJ.
    Yup. You and Lady Mary of Downton Abbey. Good evening, Polgara.
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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    I have often wondered why I worked so hard! It's nice to know that it was because I was "privileged."

    Good afternoon, Jack, and CJ.
    Good afternoon to you as well Lady P - hope you're having fun too.

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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Good afternoon to you as well Lady P - hope you're having fun too.
    I just got back from Houston this afternoon after visiting new grandchild over the weekend. Now I'm back to a "normal" life which includes Debate Politics, and that is not only fun, but educational as well! What our forefathers might have given for the opportunities we sometimes take for granted, not only in travel, but in technology!

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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    I just got back from Houston this afternoon after visiting new grandchild over the weekend. Now I'm back to a "normal" life which includes Debate Politics, and that is not only fun, but educational as well! What our forefathers might have given for the opportunities we sometimes take for granted, not only in travel, but in technology!
    Congrats on the new addition to the fold - a grandchild? - you were a child bride, were you?

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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Back to the subject. I'm just waiting for TPD to complete her idiocy with "in chess, white goes first - PRIVILEGE". It'd be par for the course.

    She already has a laughable view at this. I'm just trying to squeeze out another chuckle.

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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by Graffias View Post
    "White privilege (or white skin privilege) refers to what some individuals perceive as advantages that white people enjoy in certain societies beyond those commonly experienced by people of color in the same social, political, or economic spaces (nation, community, workplace, income, etc). The controversial term connotes both obvious and less obvious unspoken advantages that white individuals may not recognize they have. These include cultural affirmations of one's own worth; greater presumed social status; and freedom to move, buy, work, play, and speak freely. The concept of white privilege also implies the right to assume the universality of one's own experiences, marking others as different or exceptional while perceiving oneself as normal. It can be compared and/or combined with the concept of male privilege. Does this still exist? If so, should it be corrected and fought against?
    You lose me on your definition - we try to ensure that everyone has all of those freedoms (move, buy, work, play, speak freely) - this isn't privilege that one race has over another (maybe it was back in the days of Jim Crow - but most certainly not today).

    Today I'd define privilege (white, sex or otherwise) as being: the ability to use your born-with aspects to further yourself in life irregardless of your actual abilities and knowledge.

    This application is both accurate - and applies to all races/both sexes . . . because some people will never find a benefit in being black/white/male/female whereas others- because of maybe where they live, what hey do for a living (etc) - will always find it to be applicable to them.

    Further - I don't believe in the 'you benefit but you don't know' - I think if people benefit from some type of privilege they very well might know. I don't like how often people suggest that 'ignorance of your perks in life' is a necessity to being 'privileged' - you don't have to be ignorant of the fact for it to be occurring.
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    Re: Does "white privilege" exist? If so, should it be corrected?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Congrats on the new addition to the fold - a grandchild? - you were a child bride, were you?
    ....sigh...I sure can't claim I'm 39 anymore, although it is the truth! .....

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