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  1. Apr 2018
    1. "delete Facebook".

      A reasonable individual decision, but, again, a privileged one to be able make.

  2. Mar 2018
    1. Despite all of these tensions and contradictions, the new usage of the word ‘privilege’ has entirely erased the older socio-economic meaning. Proof of the transformation lies in the fact that many social theorists today include in their laundry lists of the varieties of privilege, ‘class privilege.’ This phrase would have struck Clement Attlee or Emma Goldman as obvious nonsense, because privilege and inequality define class. The phrase is patently tautological and redundant, like ‘political government’ or ‘illegal crimes.’ Moreover, it implies a further contradiction: to speak of ‘class privilege’ is to imply that the existence of unequal social classes is acceptable, so long as they are treated equally.

      Funny

    2. young activists can feed a constant conflict over racist Native-American sports mascots, even as actual Native Americans, when surveyed, consistently say that they do not care about the mascots, and instead are far more concerned about poverty, addiction, and violence in their communities.

      Accusations of "cultural appropriation" serving to distract from more difficult challenges.

  3. Dec 2017
    1. It often feels like Google is run by a bunch of teenagers who think the rules don’t apply to them because they’re in the gifted program at school.

      Interesting way to put it.

  4. Nov 2017
    1. She noted that he had struggled with mental illness and an occasionally violent temper.

      oh great. Now they'll blame it on mental illness again.

  5. Sep 2017
    1. whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

      When I lecture in Intro to Socy, I spend a great deal of time on this statement to help them grasp the fundamentals of the sociological imagination. While network theory may seem like common sense, it directly challenges the ideology of individualism and pull yourself up by your bootstraps. If you accept that others influence you, then you have to begin to accept the realities of privilege and discrimination. This can often be too much cognitively, particularly for privileged students who prefer to think of their benefits as wholly earned. SNA reveals how inequality is produced and reproduced.

  6. Apr 2017
  7. Mar 2017
    1. DUBNER: Interesting. So let me ask you this. Do you keep up with stuff   because you feel it’s the quote “right thing to do” or because you really like it?

      Lol. Isn't is cute (and by cute I mean unbelievably typical) that the adult male asks if these kids listen to the news because they "really like it" as if all people are afforded the choice to "like it" or not when it keeps us informed on our oppressors and the injustices and the disasters harming us. Ignorance is a luxury only the privileged can afford.

  8. Jul 2016
    1. make money for Californian white people

      The Man is Californian.

    2. At Google, I'll be encouraged to take annual Bias-Busting training, gathering with other privileged honkeys to encourage one another's virtuous respect of black coworkers we don't have.
  9. Apr 2016
    1. this blogger sounds conflicted about writing in public spa

      Many people are. We’re all ambivalent about what it means to write in public. Those of us who are so privileged as to not need to think about this too hard may not notice the extent of the issue.

  10. Oct 2015
    1. fit for maximum exploitation, capable of only minimal resistance.

      exploitation should be illegal...

    2. And just as black families of all incomes remain handicapped by a lack of wealth, so too do they remain handicapped by their restricted choice of neighborhood.

      They can't be blamed for not doing better economically because they have such limited choices/opportunities.

    1. The right to the city, as it is now constituted, is too narrowly confined, restricted in most cases to a small political and economic elite who are in a position to shape cities more and more after their own desires.

      Does everyone deserve a right to the city?

    2. establishing democratic management over its urban deployment constitutes the right to the city.

      easier said than done.. but what are some suggestions for how this could succeed?

  11. Aug 2015
    1. A black boy and a white boy smoking marijuana: The black kid’s about 3.7 times more likely to be arrested for it, even though there’s no difference between marijuana usage in our country.
    1. But to say so is merely to recount how one particular form of economic inequality came about.

      you cannot fix racial inequality by fixing economic inequality.

  12. Jul 2015
    1. "She sees herself as an activist and instead of standing on the picket line, she's creating beautiful, conceptual pieces that get her message across," Andre Guichard said. "If you don't think, in 2015, that people of other skin colors can have an opinion, that's a sign we need to have further conversation about it."

      The point is that maybe you, as the gallery owners, should have showcased a black artists' work on this theme.

    1. he launches into an extended claim that “privileged groups” will always oppose action that threatens the status quo. They will always consider attacks on their privilege as “untimely,” especially because groups have a tendency towards allowing immorality that individuals might oppose (173).
  13. Jun 2015
    1. Can't be 100% sure because of the people who have no profile pictures, but fairly certain the Mendeley team here is entirely white males, other than there 3 token women.

  14. Sep 2013
    1. The privilege-pushers have a view of structure (thus of patriarchy) that is so vague that some of them dismiss the notion of a structural view of oppression as at best, academic bullshit, and at worst, a way for an individual to dodge examination of her own privilege.

      I struggle a bit with this because I don't know to view structural oppression as anything but, to borrow a phrase from earlier in the article, "just the way things are" without insisting that it emerges from the way people behave. What is the structure if not an organization of individuals? What is the hope for revolution if not a tipping point? To suggest that the actors are classes rather than individuals pushes the question back without answering it: "What are classes if not collections of individuals?"