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Bridget Wolfe (Pan Incarnate)
Anonymous, 99%, Aggressive Progressive, Pan Incarnate, umm yeah. :)
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So. Is it safe for a Hillary liking person to return to g+ yet?

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Server, security, and house network wiring redo is complete. Has a nice 70's feel with some 90's tech and some modern tech in it. 8-D

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Your preferred candidate losses the primaries, and you still have one that matches 80℅ on policy, so you decide to vote for the can never win or the should never win.

Tell me again how you are not a child and are all about the ideas and not the person?

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You know what I have come to loathe? This entitled shitfest of Bernie vs Clinton and Clinton vs Bernie haters. I see our own party eating itself alone with the same hated and Antagonism that many of us spewed about the Republicans. If you can't disagree on politics or chances without slinging mud then fucking get rid of your label of progressive. You are not a progressive. You are just as mindless and tribal as the Republicans.

You can disagree on policy, or chances of getting things done, and in chances in the general or general all you want. When you stop to name calling you have left the big tent and entered tribalism bereft of reason and dialog. You have eliminated the program of reason and discovery.

You make me feel like a dirty filthy turd for being associated with you. BEGONE. you are not improving a damn thing in this world.

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I hope they're OK. But knowing the age demographic of my neighborhood....... Sigh. That's the problem of a well established neighborhood.

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Let's get something straight about racism.

I've seen more and more comments and discussions lately that argue that identifying and criticizing white privilege is racist, because it discriminates against white people.

A strictly literal understanding of the word "racism" makes it possible to interpret situations where we criticize someone on the basis of their race to be racism. Here's the reason why that rhetorical move is incorrect.

When we talk about racism, we are not talking about skin colors. We are talking about power and privilege. And, historically, the most powerful and privileged race in the West has been white people.

That means that what we're really talking about when we talk about racism is a system of asymmetrical power relations that are historically-grounded and culturally-enforced.

- "A system" means that we're not talking about what individuals do. We're talking about patterns in macro-groups. Individuals can say, do, or believe things that are racist, but it doesn't usually help us to say that individuals are racist. This is especially so because we all say, do, and believe racist things every day, and we have to accept that we are all caught in a system that has the power to make us say, do, and believe things.

- "Asymmetrical power relations" means here that the way that races interact has to do with who has power over whom, and that one race has more power than others. In our culture, it is white people who have more power, which can manifest as greater leniency when charged with crimes, more access to jobs due to preferential hiring practices, and exclusive access to certain resources. How did all of these racist power structures come about?

- "Historically-grounded" means that racism has a basis in historical events. In particular, it means that whites have enjoyed a high degree of advantage for centuries in the United States, largely on the basis of exploiting others on the basis of race, such as black people, Chinese people, and Native American people. Over time, advantage or disadvantage accumulate, yielding a sense that asymmetrical power relations between races are a natural part of our culture.

- "Culturally-enforced" means that we maintain and support cultural norms that perpetuate cumulative advantage or disadvantage. In particular, we have made the features of white identity into a norm and standard by which all others are to be measured and judged. One result is that sometimes when non-whites do something that seems normal to them, they are punished or rebuked for it. Another result is that we make other cultural traditions weird and/or force them into segregated communities (e.g., reservations, Chinatowns), which forces the people living within those traditions and segregated communities to recognize that they are weird and whiteness is normal.

Let's put all this together again.

After the Second World War, African Americans were actively prevented from buying homes in white suburbs by banks and financiers. We call this redlining. They were forced into African American communities, mostly in inner cities, and were effectively segregated from the predominantly wealthy white suburbs. When African Americans living in these segregated communities were not hired for good paying jobs, their communities came to lack a sufficient tax base to support the infrastructure and maintenance necessary to create a safe and attractive environment. African Americans were only allowed to occupy jobs that were not prestigious, nor that would lead to higher status. Meanwhile, whites, living on the outside, came to see these communities as dirty and dangerous, and they were not required to accept that they created the very conditions that led to deteriorating architecture and low-status occupations. Whites had that luxury, because they were enjoying good paying jobs that provided a strong tax base for their communities and did not require them to undertake more socially prestigious work.

After a time, this gave rise to false but comforting explanations like "black people are lazy" or "black people are criminals" or "black people are uncivilized." The reality was and is that black people, like all people, have always been doing the best they can with what is available and fighting for better. But they also objectively had less to start out with.

Flash forward to today. With 70 years of good jobs, prestige, education, and real estate equity behind them, white families have handed down tremendous amounts of cumulative advantage to their white children and grandchildren, while African American families have been actively excluded and so have instead handed down tremendous amounts of cumulative disadvantage.
Thus, we have a racist system, one that is based on asymmetrical power relations that are historically-grounded and culturally-enforced.

And saying so doesn't make someone racist against white people.
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