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bcholmes cut-tags an excellent post (go read it!) with the text ( My Privilege Looks Like This: I've Been Staying Silent in the Conversation ). That's what mine looks like too and that's what I am doing for the most part. I will talk about it if anyone asks me to, but so far I don't have anything to say that vito-excalibur and sparkymonster and badgerbag didn't say better.

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firecat
Jan. 22nd, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
I don't worry about its being me (so far). And I don't mind when people say stupid things. But I really do mind when people say stupid things and then get too defensive to process what the people who are telling them it was a stupid thing to say are saying. Which is why I'm trying to limit my participation in this conversation.
sistercoyote
Jan. 22nd, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
Have you watched the ill doctrine video about how to tell someone that something they said was racist?
firecat
Jan. 22nd, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
No, should I?
sistercoyote
Jan. 22nd, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
I think you would like it. But I need to chase up the link, which I can't do right now.
sistercoyote
Jan. 23rd, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
firecat
Jan. 23rd, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
Thank you, that's a really excellent video explaining the difference between criticizing an action ("you said something that sounded racist") and speculating about a person's character ("you are racist").

A discussion that starts out as the first can still mutate into the second, and it's often the criticized person who takes it there because of feeling defensive.

But if you start out with the first sort of statement, there's at least a chance of having a meaningful conversation.

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