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gkr From: gkr Date: November 5th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Didn't read it as sarcastic at all.

Blacks have been far more disadvantaged than southern Europeans, both historically in the starting point for their immigration to the U.S. (in chains) as a group as well as culturally and legally throughout their residence in the country.

And yet, for that particular CATO Institute "scholar" (I use scare quotes because it's not an academic institution) the takeaway was not "this is an awesome step for blacks" or "perhaps now we'll see some of our libertarian ideals applied to black americans by the establishment" or a whole host of other writing that would/could focus on the moment that means so much to black and other minority americans.

Instead, the first thing worth writing about (at least on the CATO Institute blog that I read every day) for this guy, at midnight last night, was to focus on what this could mean for Italians? Are you kidding me? I'm sure he sincerely meant the positive tone of the article, and was not trying to take away from blacks. But that writing is a stark example of what blacks and liberals call "white privilege." Clueless unawareness of the place that white Americans hold in our society by virtue of the color of their skin.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: November 5th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
"or a whole host of other writing that would/could focus on the moment that means so much to black and other minority americans.

Instead, the first thing worth writing about (at least on the CATO Institute blog that I read every day) for this guy, at midnight last night, was to focus on what this could mean for Italians?"


Last time I checked, Italians are certainly a minority in this country. Would have to check exact numbers, but I wouldn't be at all surprised to find that they were MORE of a minority than latinos or blacks.

This has nothing to do with "white privilege." If that were the case, his point wouldn't be valid, ie. we would have had presidents from the white subsections he mentioned. But the fact of the matter is, we haven't. So just having "white" skin hasn't been the "free pass" to all power it would seem. For many "white" ethnic groups, they also have been barred from the higher offices.

Am I saying that Greeks in this country have suffered the historical repression and oppression that blacks have? Of course not. And he isn't either. He's pointing out that the divisions are more complex than people like to deal with, but this represents a positive step toward ALL minorities, the "obvious" and the subtle, having a viable shot.

Which I don't think is a bad message, a dismissive message, or an unimportant one.

~Aramada
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