But ignoring such problems makes it far more likely they will continue(and, conversely, the problem can't be fixed until enough people admit there is indeed a problem). Which is why it's good indeed that Boot has finally figured out and admitted these complaints are valid after all, even though he personally had no reason to complain.Sandy wrote: ↑28 Dec 2017, 20:59Because his skin color isn't causing it. It may be insulating him from it, but it has fuck all to do with their maltreatment at the hands of others.Jennifer wrote: ↑28 Dec 2017, 20:40Yes, a lot of Americans who are something other than white and male suffer precisely because they are not white and male. Max Boot says he dismissed such complaints for years, but has recently come to the realization that there really i something to it after all. Why does this bother you?
Everyone here has agreed multiple times that "privilege" and related terms are bad labels for the concept we're discussing here. Still, for better or worse, those ARE the terms currently used to discuss the problem.The language of benefit and guilt-by-association is weird and seems to be the product of warped zero-sum thinking about the subject.
Besides, your initial complaint about Boot's piece wasn't even about that; your first comment was the strawman summation "I could go the rest of my life without seeing another "I used to think everything was fine but then I realized all the presidents shared my skin color and genitalia and therefore somehow I benefitted even though the only things I can point to is not getting screwed as hard as a black male" piece." Which is not what Boot said; his whole point was that yeah, despite his initial skepticism he came to realize black Americans really DO have cause for complaint regarding the police, and women really DO have cause for complaint regarding sexual harassment.