I don’t always have time to read Sarah Hoyt’s blog, but when I do, I’m always glad I did. Sorry my Castilian ancestors were always trying to eat your Portuguese ancestors!
So, recently I’ve been getting really tired of the word “privilege” mostly because it’s being twisted to mean things it never meant.
I’d even be more or less okay with the idea that “white privilege” is not having to define yourself according to a race/ethnicity stereotypes. It’s a stupid idea, but it’s at least understandable how people got there.
They got there through a total lack of empathy, is how they got there. They assume that the pressures put on them to fit the pictures in people’s heads only exist because they tan an interesting color, have female parts or whatever.
This is a stunning lack of empathy because in fact, the pictures in people’s heads are there because they’re human and the subject they are examining must fall into a pattern of heuristics that allows them to make a quick decision.
In other words, particularly when evaluating other humans…
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