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Re: “How escapism, white privilege and warm fuzzies are destroying the social justice movement

This article is the premise of why the minorities in this country suffer so much. If your son has everything except white privilege then he's got everything that God has granted him to have. We have a minority society that whines about being victim of their circumstances instead of rising above them. We have a minority society that feels the privileges and talents that have been provided by God himself are not enough to overcome adversity, such as this so called 'white privilege'. There are privileges with being black too ya know. Obama should be a prime example of a man who rose to the most powerful position in the world simply because he was black. When i was looking for jobs in college, i was told countless times that i could not get a job even though i was qualified because they needed to hire minorities. Being a white male in this country has turned into a curse. Coming out of the womb we are marked with a stamp of racist, sexist, chauvinistic, selfish and imperialist. No matter what we do, i cannot overcome others portrayals of me. But your son certainly can overcome these hurdles of 'white privilege' which may include economic benefits because it certainly is in his control.

As i grew up in the ghetto, i was never once jumped, beat up, or robbed by a white person. Of the 1/2 dozen times or so, it was always a minority that left me on the ground with nothing in hand. (primarily black, even though i lived in a primarily spanish neighborhood). I did not cry about black privilege. I got up and made a note about how i need to smarten up and rise above my situation. Do you think i wanted to stay in the ghetto and get beat up for the rest of my life, whether it be physically or economically. I couldn't go to certain parks, or certain pools, or certain stores simply because i was white. I couldn't walk in certain parts of town, or certain parts of the sidewalk because i was white.

I didn't look at these scenarios as if i was trapped in a circumstance. I didn't blame God for my adversities growing up. I would not be a victim of my circumstances. Thankfully, my circumstances included one element that allowed me to overcome adversity. I had parents that taught me there was no such thing as privilege and inequality. I was taught that God was in control, but that didn't mean i should sit on my duff and not do anything about it. It meant that i wasn't a victim. It meant that my parents didn't let me wallow in the mud pouting about how unfair life is. the biggest threat to your seventh graders success is you as a parent; it's not white privilege, so why don't you get some courage and empower your child not enable his pity parties.

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Posted by jbbaab on 09/05/2014 at 5:42 AM

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