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TheLegendaryBirdMonster wrote

it's a forum for pointing out when white people are being oblivious to (racial) power structures still in place today. this short article will explain and introduce the concept better than me.

Also its for venting and calling out racists.

People with white skin but are not white shouldn't be alienated by this.

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AgitatedStatesOfAmazement wrote

People with white skin but are not white shouldn't be alienated by this.

Worth pointing out that privilege is nearly impossible to completely outgrow. If you're classified as white by the society in which you live you're almost certainly oblivious to some aspects of white privilege and will definitely "be white" from time to time no matter how well-informed and anti-racist you are.

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drfuzzyballs1996 OP wrote

Might I add: I used to live in an almost 100% white community, and when I was between jobs I used to dig in dumpsters behind apartment buildings for recyclable metals. Yeah not everything is about privilege \comrade.

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bloodrose wrote

You're not understanding privilege adequately. In your case, being white while dumpster diving afforded you more safety in dumpster diving than say a black man or woman would have. It would be less likely that the cops would be called on you for diving than it would for a person of color. Privilege doesn't mean your life didn't have shitty circumstances, just that your color did not make your circumstances even shittier.

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drfuzzyballs1996 OP wrote

Partially agree with this, When I was in my home town some resident called the cops because they saw me creeping around at night at thought I was up to no good, cops came over and said it was cool as long as I did it in daylight. Went to the next town over and the coppers there said they would charge me if they ever caught me trash picking again. If I was a melanin-enhanced individual I probably would get less mercy since the area is over 90% white and the cops gotta profile.

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MrPotatoeHead wrote

The linked article is a good read. It's almost amazing that the Irish, some of the most melanin-challenged people on earth were looked down upon in recent history as not-white, in the sense of the meaning discussed here.

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