Little Noteworthies

SELF AWARENESS?

I found this elephant — Hong — on G.I.’s blog, “Love Settlement“.

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They just wanted to be like everyone else, and unfortunately they were: normal guys who happened to have sex with other normal guys. For me, to be gay was an elective affinity, a chosen destiny. For most of them, it was just something you did in the dark, in a nightclub or a bedroom, and then you put on a suit and went to the office, where you did important things.

–Reginald Shepherd, Coloring Outside the Lines: An Essay at Definition

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White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you’ll “kick their fuckin’ ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

–Tim Wise, This Is Your Nation On White Privilege

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