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

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    Yes, anybody who denies it obviously isn't paying attention. One needs only to look at incarceration statistics, racial profiling, the proportion of black men/women victim of police brutality, poverty rates in primarily black neighborhoods, etc. to see the white privilege. It's not as prevalent as it used to be, thankfully, but it still exists and we can't fix the problem when a good chunk of the population calls you a "race baiter" simply for pointing it out.
    Blacks don't commit crimes on a disproportional level? They are just incarcerated for being black? OMG Has BO fixed this? If not why not?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    Yes, one silly politician changes everything of course. How could I be so dumb?
    President of the US is just one silly politician? Yes indeed how could you be so dumb?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    Yeah, those black neighborhoods are full of rich people. It's amazing how many of them are Fortune 500 CEOs pulling down 7 figure salaries.
    Some of them are. Many of them are, in fact...black lawyers, black doctors, black stockbrokers, black teachers, black accountants, black restaurant owners, black CEOs, black actors, black entertainers, black business owners, black sales people....we even have a black President, black Attorney General, black SCOTUS judge.....

    There is nothing prohibiting a smart, hardworking black person from rising to the very pinnacle of success in this country. We have living proof of that. This isn't 1862 anymore.
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    Re: Is There Such a Thing as "White Privilege"?

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    Depends on where you are, but yes. There's a suburb of Buffalo (which I won't name) where "Driving While Black" is almost certainly a crime.
    Does that mean white people never get stopped?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    I wouldn't call it white privilege. I'd call it discrimination against minorities. And yes, that does exist.
    Privilege is simply the other side of discrimination. People of color have the disadvantage of dealing with racial discrimination as a rule while white people have the advantage, or privilege, of being of not dealing with racial discrimination as a rule. It's important to acknowledge the privilege aspect in addition to the discrimination aspect so that people who are privileged understand how it plays a role in their lives.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    While I don't agree with Rocket's comments, where did he say "being white" exempted someone from being stopped by the cops?
    Pointing out that blacks get stopped in that area is only relevant to this discussion of whites in that area do not get stopped.

    If everybody is stopped, then there is no difference in regards to skin color.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Having worked in the poor parts of Washington DC, and receiving deferential treatment far above and beyond what I actually earned, I can tell you without any doubt that white privilege exists. It is ingrained in our society. And it is not merely whites with power using their power to benefit one another and not other peoples. It is the expectation that permeates every interaction between people of different ethnicities in this country. It is the lifetime learning by non-whites that when they don't treat whites with deference, consequences follow, and when one wants favors, one gets them by sucking up to whites, not to others.

    Anecdotes, no matter how true, do not make data, however. If one wants to see the reality of white privilege, one need only understand that a child born to black parents is five times as likely to grow up in poverty as a child born to white parents. Instrumental to denying the very real privileges and oppressions of race in this country is to insist that these black families have brought it upon themselves, as if anyone with the means to change those kinds of circumstances would fail to do so.

    Of course white privilege exists. And racial oppression exists. In often insidious and invisible ways. Overt forms like slavery and Jim Crow are gone, but the attitudes that inform them are often uncomfortably proximate to us.
    Does your study compare in both cases 2 parent families or single parents?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    Pointing out that blacks get stopped in that area is only relevant to this discussion of whites in that area do not get stopped.

    If everybody is stopped, then there is no difference in regards to skin color.
    Pointing out that blacks get pulled over doesn't say ANYTHING about whites getting pulled over or that they are exempt. You are making the implication, which is fine and is your opinion, but in no way proves what you are saying. You are guessing he means that "Whites are exempt". Guess is fun, but doesn't prove a dman thing.

    Until you can show me the words "White people are exempt" from his statements, everything is just your opinion and not fact. FACT is he didn't say that and nothing you can say changes that FACT.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    The police in this town are notorious for pulling over more black drivers than white drivers. Which might make sense if there were that many more black people living there, but the village is very predominantly white.
    So why are they being pulled over?

    Are blacks in that area more likely to be involved in crime?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Nilly View Post
    Could you point out these neighbourhoods to me? I've been living in LA a little while now and I'd sure like to avoid these areas!!

    I had to drive through parts of south central a few times and been fine so I'm surprised there are these "large portions" of LA where I am likely to get shot....
    You must drive with your eyes closed.

    Try the corner of Florence and Normandie to start with.

    Have you ever been in South Central or Compton on New Years Eve?

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