What My Bike Has Taught Me About White Privilege

For my Philosophy of Mind class, I recently read something that talks about how we can experience true, objective reality. It’s not necessarily removing ourselves from the equation, but it is using our own cognitive abilities to look down upon ourselves, as if we are an instance rather than the rule – that we might view ourselves as part of something greater and be able to recognize the brilliance of what we are apart of.

This article fits that theme, if not the discipline. Enjoy.

A Little More Sauce

The phrase “white privilege” is one that rubs a lot of white people the wrong way. It can trigger something in them that shuts down conversation or at least makes them very defensive. (Especially those who grew up relatively less privileged than other folks around them). And I’ve seen more than once where this happens and the next move in the conversation is for the person who brought up white privilege to say, “The reason you’re getting defensive is because you’re feeling the discomfort of having your privilege exposed.”

I’m sure that’s true sometimes. And I’m sure there are a lot of people, white and otherwise, who can attest to a kind of a-ha moment or paradigm shift where they “got” what privilege means and they did realize they had been getting defensive because they were uncomfortable at having their privilege exposed. But I would guess that more often than…

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