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A Thank You to Tim Wise

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…and thank you Carmen for sharing!  Tim Wise has just written one of the best pieces I’ve read in a long time on white privilege, explaining how it is having it’s way in the 2008 Presidential Election.

Here’s an excerpt:

“For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you’ll “kick their fuckin’ ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.

White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don’t all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you’re “untested.”

A HUGE thank you to Tim Wise, for articulating this issue with white privilege in a manner so that we all could understand it.

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Author: erin.almond

God-chaser. NC native, now planted in Jacksonville, FL. Happily married to a handsome church-planting pastor. I am easily excited by Jesus, education, cupcakes, Moleskine notebooks, and Pepsi. Overwhelmed by God's amazing grace, undeserving of His love and mercy.

5 thoughts on “A Thank You to Tim Wise

  1. Thank you for helping to spread this article by Tim Wise. I have it on my blog as well. This is a must-read!!
    http://culturepress.wordpress.com/

  2. Tim Wise makes sense, like a mugg. I couldn’t have said it any better.

  3. Great article. I think it should be eye-opening for those who think white privilege is a myth; we can only hope that those people will read this article and recognize the truth in it.

  4. Pingback: What Losing White Privilege Sounds Like… « life beyond the well…

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