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Confronting White Privilege
Compiled by the DiversityInc staff

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© 2005 DiversityInc.com

September 01, 2005

Analysis of today's diversity news the Los Angeles Times, Time magazine, The Washington Times, National Public Radio, The Miami Herald and more:



The United States is a white country"”not just because the majority of Americans are white but because the assumption by people with power is that American = white. "Those people don't say it outright. It comes out in subtle ways. Or, sometimes, in ways not so subtle," Robert Jensen writes in his soon-to-be-released book The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege, excerpted by AlterNet.



One example is courtesy of President Bush, who had this to say about democracy in Iraq at a 2004 news conference: "There's a lot of people in the world who don't believe that people whose skin color may not be the same as ours can be free and self-govern. I reject that. I reject that strongly. I believe that people who practice the Muslim faith can self-govern. I believe that people whose skins aren't necessarily -- are a different color than white can self-govern."



"So, white is the skin color of the United States. That means those whose skin is not white but are citizens of the United States are ... ? What are they?" Jensen asks. "Are they members in good standing in the nation, even if 'their skin color may not be the same as ours'?"



When it comes to the sensitive subject of race, it's time for more white Americans to shift their thinking, Jensen says. "That is the new White People's Burden, to understand that we are the problem, come to terms with what that really means, and act based on that understanding," he writes. "Our burden is to do something that doesn't seem to come natural to people in positions of unearned power and privilege: Look in the mirror honestly and concede that we live in an unjust society and have no right to some of what we have."
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Originally posted by Kevin41:
K4R,

Despite the huge amounts of information that I find and present, some of us tend to defend Bush for in and everything....and as a two-term president...he is getting 8 years of not being responsible for nothing...deficits, recessions, wars, lack of social programs for the poor....nothing.........



And what's even sadder, is that NO ONE in the media, has brought up whether his actions, or his negligence and lack of action, are grounds for impeachment.

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