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You seriously can't make this **** up lol

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Students at Elizabethtown College this month are wearing white pins in the shape of puzzle pieces to remind them of their white privilege.

The campaign was launched over the weekend by the Elizabethtown College Democrats, who say it aims to make students at the small and private liberal arts college in Pennsylvania more introspective about issues of race, especially in their predominantly white region of Lancaster County.

“Discussions about race are often perceived as being only open to people of color, but I think it is just as important for white people to partake in conversations about race,” Aileen Ida, president of the College Democrats, told The College Fix via email.

Ida said white people are continually allowing for a societal system of oppression to occur unless they work against it. The white puzzle piece pin represents racial struggles of all sorts.

“No matter how accepting someone is, that doesn’t stop them from being part of a system based on centuries of inequality,” she said, adding the campaign transcends politics.

Asked if all white students are privileged, Ida responded “yes,” but clarified that she doesn’t think all whites are socioeconomically privileged. Ida declined to cite specific examples of white privilege.

She also clarified that it’s not just white students who can wear the pins, that students of all races should take part to start a campuswide discussion that crosses racial divides.

Yet, she notes most people of color already have to live with racism while white people don’t.

“I believe that this [inherent white privilege] can be seen in the day-to-day life of people of color versus the day-to-day life of white people,” Ida said. “Most people of color don’t have a choice but to consider how their race affects their life on a daily basis, this is not true for most white people.”

According to the campaign’s official Facebook page, the project is similar to one started by a Lutheran pastor who made a commitment to “wear a white puzzle piece pin every day for a year to force herself to think about her white privilege and the impact white privilege has on people of color.”

The Elizabethtown College Democrats’ effort also “forces everybody to think about racial issues people face daily,” its Facebook page states. The campaign is slated to last through the month and beyond.
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Are you looking for affirmation that you are right and these students are wrong? Whatever. There are more important things to attend to.

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I affirm that you are right and these students are wrong

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I affirm too. I am white. Never had slaves, never wanted any.

My wife and I have slaved our azzes off to get where are, now.

I am a slave to the system. The system is 'now' mostly color blind.

In society, it's Produce or get out of the way.

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I would never graduate college today. I'm way to opinionated. That got me in trouble when I was in college in the late 1980's!!

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Are you looking for affirmation that you are right and these students are wrong? Whatever. There are more important things to attend to.
Aww, somebody piss in your Cheerios this morning?
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This will look great next to my safety pin.

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Aww, somebody piss in your Cheerios this morning?
Thanks for the exceedingly witty banter. I don't dig Cheerios. I don't see the point of mocking the students except for conservatives to gather around in this virtual space and be smugly self satisfied with themselves. How would you rather the students be? I actually don't agree with the students tactics or their execution, but I can't begrudge them for being different and actually trying to form a response. I want young people to be sensitive. I also want them to make mistakes and learn from them. I don't think it is bad to be sensitive- in fact I think the opposite.
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I actually don't agree with the students tactics or their execution, but I can't begrudge them for being different and actually trying to form a response. I want young people to be sensitive. I also want them to make mistakes and learn from them. I don't think it is bad to be sensitive- in fact I think the opposite.
The above is a proper response to the opening post in that it's stating your opinion on the subject. Next time lead with that instead of insulting the OP.

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"White privilege" is such a terribly hurtful term. Can't they come up with term that is less offensive?



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I affirm too. I am white. Never had slaves, never wanted any.

My wife and I have slaved our azzes off to get where are, now.

I am a slave to the system. The system is 'now' mostly color blind.

In society, it's Produce or get out of the way.

Laying down and crying only works when Mommy can save you.

I refuse to be anyone's non-blooded Daddy.
Agreed. The above applies to me also. My ancestors didn't arrive at Ellis Island until the early part of the 20th century.

The white people who keep pushing the "white guilt trip", are those who ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or later.

They are the ones who owned slaves, and their ancestors feel this need to make sure that all other white people feel their guilt and shame. It's nothing more than guilt by association, the crime is being white.

I'd love to check the records on the president, provost and other senior faculty of this college. Why do I feel their ancestor
records would reveal that they are as dirty as can be with regards to slavery.
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I actually prefer pissing in someone's Wheaties. It make them very soggy, very quickly.
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Hopefully it is something where students can openly not support without being harassed or ridiculed
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Examples of white privilege:

Never being pulled over for driving a car in a white neighborhood.
Never being asked if I would deliver something to the nearest soup kitchen because I'm black and therefore know where all the free **** is being handed out.
Never having been the subject of "nigger jokes."
Never seeing a popular movie, or popular novel, or popular TV show that has not one single white person in it.
Never having to buy Nude pantyhose only to find nude is only meant for dark skinned women because on me Nude looks brown.
Never having to creat my own make up in order to find shades that match my skin tone.
Never having someone grab their purse tighter because I sat near them.
Being the first in my lineage to ever see white people as successful.
Never being seen as the exception to the rule when I am successful.
Never having to be extra careful about being angry.
Never having witnessed a white man get shot by the police because he was running away...with his hands up...
Never having to prove I have a right to be walking around in the neighborhood where I live.

as you go through this list and defend against it by being able to name someone who knows a guy who is white and he/she also had that happen, this list is a preponderance. It is an overwhelming state of normal for people of color that white people take for granted.

Can any white person name a time when their race was intentionally denied rights? Do you all realize this country is STILL trying to suppress the black vote?

White privilege is alive and well.

Proceed with denials...

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