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    Re: Is There Such a Thing as "White Privilege"?

    Quote Originally Posted by rcart76 View Post
    I don't know about it being a liability.

    Like Chris Rock said:

    " There ain’t a white man in this room that would change places with me. None of you would change places with me. And l’m rich! "
    The only way I'd say it's a "liability" is that you are not eligible for a lot of the same benefits that minorities might be.

    Other whites also tend to, largely subconsciously, hold your behavior to a higher standard of conduct than they would a person of minority descent, and be quite a bit more punitive in judging what they determine to be a failure to meet those standards.

    I work retail, for instance. We've got black employees here who routinely show up 10 to 15 minutes late for work, suck at customer service, and randomly disappear for thirty minutes at a time or more during their shifts to fiddle around with their cell phones. Yet... No one ever says anything, nor do they lose their jobs.

    Me, on the other hand? I can't even take a dump on the job without having some grouchy manager give me a hard time over it.

    Hell! I got caught glancing at my cell phone to check my messages one time, and it was brought up in every performance review I had for the next 6 months!
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    Re: Is There Such a Thing as "White Privilege"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    The only way I'd say it's a "liability" is that you are not eligible for a lot of the same benefits that minorities might be.

    Other whites also tend to, largely subconsciously, hold your behavior to a higher standard of conduct than they would a person of minority descent, and be quite a bit more punitive in judging what they determine to be a failure to meet those standards.

    I work retail, for instance. We've got black employees here who routinely show up 10 to 15 minutes late for work, suck at customer service, and randomly disappear for thirty minutes at a time or more during their shifts to fiddle around with their cell phones. Yet... No one ever says anything, nor do they lose their jobs.

    Me, on the other hand? I can't even take a dump on the job without having some grouchy manager give me a hard time over it.

    Hell! I got caught glancing at my cell phone to check my messages one time, and it was brought up in every performance review I had for the next 6 months!
    Be an independent contractor. You'll never have to deal with any of that nonsense when you work for yourself.

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    Re: Is There Such a Thing as "White Privilege"?

    Quote Originally Posted by HogWash View Post
    Only for a few white people. The rest of us work all our damn lives to support those (taxes) who don't or won't.
    You can work damn hard and still experience the privilege.

    And yes, it exists.

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    Re: Is There Such a Thing as "White Privilege"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nilly View Post
    Stating that asian women are the worst drivers in the history of the world and you think they should have their own driving test is bigotry.

    It may not be racist/bigoted on a massive level, mutter it to yourself in the car, whatever, but especially in a place like this all your statement does is reinforce stereotypes and normalize racism. There is only one step between 'Asian women are worse drivers' to 'Asian women are worse attorneys'. If it was a joke, then don't quit your day job.

    EDIT: The more we call out 'casual racism', the quicker we can stamp out harmful racism.
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    Re: Is There Such a Thing as "White Privilege"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Be an independent contractor. You'll never have to deal with any of that nonsense when you work for yourself.
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    Re: Is There Such a Thing as "White Privilege"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    A man can dream, can't he?
    Actually (and I'm genuinely not pulling your leg here), aren't there jobs for ex-soldiers, like mercenaries and stuff? I've heard the pay is pretty good.

    Although that probably doesn't address the "commuting" issue very well.

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    Re: Is There Such a Thing as "White Privilege"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Actually (and I'm genuinely not pulling your leg here), aren't there jobs for ex-soldiers, like mercenaries and stuff? I've heard the pay is pretty good.

    Although that probably doesn't address the "commuting" issue very well.
    There are, and that is my ultimate goal. Unfortunately, however, I am lacking the work experience necessary to be particularly marketable at moment, especially in light of how the current administration is cutting back on funding, and forcing many older and more experienced service members to look for alternative means of employment outside of the military.

    To be fair, after a year of looking, I actually did almost get one last summer. I did the interviews, signed on the dotted line, and was perfectly willing and able to ship out to Afghanistan for an analyst position to the tune of 90,000 dollars a year, with the possibility of a 30,000 dollar bonus if I did the job well.

    The government rejected the contract at the last minute, so I started working retail at $9.00 an hour instead.

    At the moment, I'm trying to fix that whole "work experience" problem by applying to become an officer. Hopefully, that process will come to fruition by the end of the year.
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    Re: Is There Such a Thing as "White Privilege"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Yes there is. How it interacts with a given person is complicated, however. It does not necessarily undermine the idea that a given individual had worked hard to get where they were, but that the other individual in question may have to work harder to get to an equal position.
    No two people are alike and so the we can say that inevitably some people are going to have to work harder to get to the same position, even people of the same color and breeding. QED ugly vs pretty, fat vs skinny, ect. Therefore being a particular color is simply part of a very complicated equation of being human and how easy it is for that particular human can do specific things. "Privilege" is an excuse, nothing more, exactly akin to the dog ate my homework.
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    Re: Is There Such a Thing as "White Privilege"?

    Quote Originally Posted by HogWash View Post

    Blacks have the right to make blacks only organizations like the Black Student Union and the Congressional Black Caucus. Whites don't.
    Whites do have a congressional Caucus. Its called the Tea Party

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    Re: Is There Such a Thing as "White Privilege"?

    Quote Originally Posted by rcart76 View Post
    Whites do have a congressional Caucus. Its called the Tea Party
    Funny that.^

    I guess someone best tell all those who are not Caucasian to stop attending the meetings.
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