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spooky3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-09-07 03:36 PM
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23. I'm not sure what to make of her argument...
Edited on Fri Feb-09-07 03:37 PM by spooky3
I've only listened to the interview; I haven't read her book, so I am asking from ignorance, I guess. Doesn't she have a legitimate point to the extent that the point is that the backgrounds of people who have not descended from slaves is different from those who have? Where she loses me, and I am happy to be corrected, is going so far as to not allow Obama to call himself "black" and to apparently deny the extent to which she has a shared experience with him in that others in their past and current lives have treated them less well simply on the basis of their apparent "blackness" (vs. how they may treat whites). The only analogy I can think of is a person who changes genders. If someone is now female, it is appropriate to call her that, and people now react to her as a female (meaning, for example, she may also experience unfair discrimination) even though one could legitimately point out ways in which her life may have differed from that of women who did not undergo a gender change.
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