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Response to CreekDog (Reply #8)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 01:28 AM

140. What white males need to do, to understand their privileged status is close their eyes....

and imagine....

Instead of being born as he was, he was born a dark skinned black baby - a girl. His parents are dark skinned black people. This means his parents experienced segregation, probably.

So the black baby...grows up in a household with parents who maybe have a grudge against society or whites.

The black baby goes to school. His grades are automatically lower...black children are graded differently. Also, girls get lower grades for the same papers as boys.

So we have a black child who has lower grades in elementary and junior high school. Same boy as the OP, only he's a black girl.

During puberty, walking to school, he is yelled at...called "cunt," "big titties," "woo woo," "hey, wanna good time?"

He graduates high school (again, for the same work, she now has lower grades). She will get into colleges, though, because of affirmative action...if her grades are decent enough. She is encouraged to focus on school counselor, education, or the like, for a career. She is not encouraged to go for the jobs that pay a lot of money.

When she graduates and applies for jobs, white HR people may seem uncomfortable around her sometimes. Still, she gets a job. She will automatically get paid slightly less, unless it's a union job. And she will think she is lucky to get the job, and not be aware she's paid less. She has been raised to be appreciative of anything she gets.

When she speaks, she is likely to be interrupted by a male. Until she reaches an expert level at something, her opinions are listened to but not highly regarded. Studies have shown that white males are listened to more often and more intently, and their ideas are more highly thought of.

She will not get certain jobs because she doesn't fit in. The workers there need someone they feel comfortable with...someone who will be one of the guys. One of them.

She retires. She gets less Social Security because she has been working for less money for 40 years than if she had been born a white male.

It's not the big things that went on in the past. It's the little things. People don't listen to you. Waiters don't seem to want to wait on you. You have to work harder than your co-worker white males to prove yourself. You are just.....not as important as a white male.

But there's a funny skit that Eddie Murphy did about this. I'll see if I can find it.

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