“Unlike other groups of people, it’s pretty easy for a white person to use their skin privilege and brush off any stereotyping.”

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  1. Joanna Schroeder says:

    Incredibly impressed by the profound message by Red Seven, above. Of course, it’s so important to remember that people of color are truly living in a racist society, with a profoundly violent racist history, and being prejudiced against them simply isn’t going to be that simple to brush off than it is for a person who does stand on racial privilege day in and day out, without even realizing it.

  2. Well, it’s undeniable that the consequences are lesser for white people, but that doesn’t mean it’s not wrong on principle, which is what people are objecting to. There isn’t some magical threshold of consequences where bigotry becomes acceptable, and pointing out bigotry in any form doesn’t mean you’re claiming all bigotries have equal consequences.

    Pointing out that someone stole $100 and is a problem is fine, just like pointing out that someone stole $10000 and is a more serious problem is fine.

  3. Actually, no, white people *can’t* just brush off stereotyping, at least not in the sense of stereotype threat. The same thing that causes black people to score disproportionately low on standardized tests as a group (the stereotype that they are less intelligent) works exactly the same way for things white people are perceived as being inferior at, such as sports.

  4. “When I think about black people being racist,….”
    I think of
    An ebony wild child in my hometown called Blue by his neighbors, 50 years ago.
    How appalled I was to learn of the paper bag test and good hair.
    A kid who thought he could bluff me into giving up a 2nd generation cell phone on the subway because I was a white man in a suit.
    A humiliated, hurt and scared kid who bought into the stereotypes.

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