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November 04 2014

Objectivity has often served as a bulwark reinforcing the privilege of dominant groups.

No one engaged in social and political dialogue can effectively occupy the emotionally detached, non-perspectival, pre-interpretive point of view presumed by [some] conceptions [of objectivity], and only those who enjoy the privileges of dominant groups can even appear to do so.

[In many] cases, the members of a dominant social group are unlikely to accept the validity of a demand for justice, either because they live at too great a social distance from the injustice in question or because they have emotional, social, and economic investments in the perpetuation of the status quo.

The ideal of public reason places the burden of proving one’s freedom from subjective interest and bias squarely upon the marginalized critic of the status quo rather than upon the dominant defender of that state of affairs.

If our concept of objectivity sets the threshold of a good-faith effort so high that no claim grounded in an experience which is not equally available to all participants is objective, then our concept of objectivity will silence the demands for justice voiced by many oppressed groups and perpetuate their marginalization.

One way [change] might be achieved is to define objectivity in terms of each person's responsibility to [...] seek out experiences which can help them understand the standpoints of the subordinate and the marginalized [and] to examine their moral and religious views self-critically to uncover any signs of ideological determination.
The Ideal of Objectivity in Political Dialogue
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September 19 2014

The attitude that looks down on people who “just want free stuff” and “don’t want to pay for things” is one coming from great economic privilege. ... And the worst part is, it reinforces itself by turning struggling artists against struggling fans.
Anti-Piracy is Class Privilege - Zacqary Adam Xeper
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August 31 2014

Whites have now come to view anti-White bias as a bigger societal problem than anti-Black bias.
— Study: Whites See Racism as a Zero-Sum Game That They Are Now Losing [US 2011]
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August 27 2014


May 04 2014

Having privilege means not having to deal with other people's reality—the oppressed are forced to treat others' worlds as The Only Reality.
Twitter / maymaym
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December 20 2013


When “Life Hacking” Is Really White Privilege

If you seem to be “getting everything you want,” you should probably examine whether you’re getting it at someone’s expense, or whether you’re just constantly, in small ways, making the world worse.
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September 12 2012

As the culture evolves, people who benefitted from the old ways invariably see themselves as victims. Once you grasp the concept of privileged distress, you’ll see it everywhere: the rich feel “punished” by taxes; whites believe they are the real victims of racism; employers’ religious freedom is threatened when they can’t deny contraception to their employees — it goes on and on. ...

Supremacy itself isn’t hate. You may even have affection for the person you feel superior to. ... But supremacy turns to hate when the feeling of innate superiority is openly challenged. ....

[People experiencing privileged distress] deserve compassion, but [the actually oppressed] deserve justice. ... [we should] acknowledge their distress while continuing to point out the difference in scale. ... The ones who still want to be good people need to be offered hope that such an outcome is possible in this new world.
The Distress of the Privileged « The Weekly Sift liberally quoted (via maymay)
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