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"Cyniquian" Level Poster
Username: Cynique

Post Number: 8284
Registered: 01-2004

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Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 06:18 pm:   

Well, I know it'll rankle you, Yukio, when I say that black people enjoy certain privileges, too, in that they are given a pass that takes the form of white guilt. There are things that blacks can get away with that whites can't. Like having things that are labelled as and limited to "black", such familiar examples as a "black" caucus, or a Miss "black" America contest, or a "black" student organization, a "black" authors conference or a "black" TV network and on and on. Plus, black comedians can talk about white folks in a way that whites wouldn't dare talk about blacks - with the exception of Michael Richards of course, whose career is now toast. And I really don't think that if a black talk show host called a white basketball girls team a bunch of "stringy-haired broads", that there would be this much of an uproar or that the host would be given anything more than a suspension. Yes, this all boils down to whites moreorless "humoring" blacks but it is still something that the average white person bristles about because they would be taken to task should they publically label things as exclusively "white". White privilege is, indeed, entrenched, but there are those whites who command more of it than others. So, of course, "class" and "rank" come into play also. These are things that figure into the growing schism in our society and it behooves black folks to consider what this might lead to. I know that being black does not lend itself to being objective but I like to play the devil's advocate sometimes.

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