Jun 4, 2014
commented on That’s Kind of Racist, Dude
Come on Don Le, there's more than one kind of privilege. Until just this week, your waiter was earning less than $3/hour to serve your large group of educated, privileged "writers." I can say that because I was married to an educated, privileged "writer" for 9 years.
Sure, he's ignorant and blurted something out based on his own implicit bias. He's probably not even aware that he as implicit biases. He's a waiter. He may not enjoy the privilege of a college degree. He certainly doesn't enjoy the privilege of being middle class.
You and others in your party went above and beyond in making your point to him. Do you feel superior now that you've schooled a man who is likely barely getting by on the finer points of institutionalized racism and white privilege? Do you really think you're going to "make" him become culturally competent by spending a few moments brow-beating him while he's at work trying to earn a living?
He's one of the 99%. He's one of us.
What I'm saying is - choose your battles. Choosing this one, and then writing about it for all of us to see, only makes YOU look like a jerk. Not him.
Throw him a bone and move on with your life.
Nov 13, 2012
commented on Approve R-74 Victory Celebration at Cupcake Royale
@ 42. I love the validation on those faces. A friend told me the other day the validation of approving this referendum has created a complete shift in not only how he sees himself but in how he sees himself in relationship to the greater community. He now feels like an insider in US society.
Dec 10, 2011
commented on Bullied Teenager Takes Own Life in Tennessee
*sigh* This needs to stop. Sick to my stomach for his family and friends. And for all the other kids in his position who are still suffering and hanging on, day by day. If a flood of supportive videos and constant referrals to resources can't save these kids, what will? Please, make it stop.
Nov 24, 2011
commented on Not All Opponents of Gay Marriage Are Haters and Bigots
It's not merely a difference of opinion if the government can keep you from being at your spouse's side on their deathbed. I was legally married for years and never bore a child - was that a legitimate marriage? Why isn't she opposing Kim Kardashian's sham for-profit marriage? What a hypocrite.