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Zzzxxxyyy wrote

You might convince a few, but they’ll wake up the next morning with a renewed sense of privilege and forget all that progress like a bad dream.

I sometimes make the mistake of thinking they’re honest people who just haven’t had their assumptions tested. Mostly because I grew up conservative and unintentionally racist. But I also didn’t have access to any information contradicting my world views. These days anyone can read for 15 minutes about white privilege or systemic racism, if they can muster up enough curiosity.

And that’s the rub. If they haven’t allowed themselves to be curious, they’re willfully ignorant. It’s not the ignorance that’s the problem, it’s the willfulness.

I don’t know where the willfulness comes from, but I haven’t yet found a way to combat it in discussion or debate.