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Monday, September 26, 2016

Black privilege

Gabrielle Union, 43, an actress worth $12 million (and married to basketball player Dwayne Wade, 34, worth $100 million) wants to talk to Amy Schumer, 35, a comedian worth $1 million, and Kate Upton, 24, worth $20 million, about white privilege.

Given their ages and millionaire status, I would say they all have privilege.

From Entertainment Weekly:
Though Union, 43, admitted she didn’t get the chance to spend much time with her white co-stars, like Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley, on set, she did say that they are “definitely aware of what white privilege is.”
“Now how aware they are of their own privilege, I don’t know because that comes with consistent behavior modification,” she added. “We will see on their next film if they’re still talking about the necessity of addressing oppression and racial inequality.”
Union thinks that the only way to see progress both with sexual assault and racial inequality in America is to open up conversations.
“I’ve already talked to Lena Dunham,” she noted of the Girls creator who recently publicly apologized to Odell Beckham Jr. after she made jokes about how he did not want to sleep with her at the Met Ball. “I would love to talk to Kate Upton and Amy Schumer. Maybe I can help to explain the oppressive systems that have benefited and allowed them to say these careless, insensitive and offensive things. Those conversations are awkward as f**k and they get heated. Similar to watching people have conversations about consent.”
Oh goodness, what have we here? A black woman who does not want white women dating black men? Upton's crime was in criticizing Colin Kaepernick for disrespecting the national anthem.

We have black privilege these days in which white people are not allowed to criticize black people because, well, because -- and you are racist for asking a reason.

Miss Union was born in Omaha and moved to California when she was eight. Her mother was a phone company manager and social worker, and her father a corporate executive. They had an amiable divorce, and she grew up in the Bay Area suburb of Pleasanton -- one of the very few black people. That made her the odd ball out. And I am sure that was difficult for her. At 19, a man raped her, and yes you live with that all your life.

However, Miss Union also had many opportunities opened to her because of her race. Let us not kid ourselves. Affirmative action benefited black people at the expense of white people, much like segregation benefited white people at the expense of black people. OK, we want to even things up. And I am glad that Gabrielle Union and others were able to take those opportunities and meet the high expectations. Her film success is the result of much hard work.

Oh and I am sure that her white co-stars are well aware of "white privilege" after being hectored daily by the prima donna star of the film.

But being lectured on white privilege by someone who benefited from black privilege, is almost as silly as being lectured on male privilege by someone who benefited from female privilege.

At some point, you realize that you have talent, and you make something of your life. Everybody is carrying a scar or two. That's life.

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6 comments:

  1. Dump sportsball.

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  2. "Given their ages and millionaire status, I would say they all have privilege."

    Correct. The only privilege is Green (as in $$$$$) privilege. - Elric

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  3. That last comment is pure gold, Big D. As Johnny Miller once said: It's not what we ACHIEVE in life that's important - it's what we OVERCOME.

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  4. Another example of black privilege. Black bakers at Walmart refuse to make a cake for a cop's retirement. Not fired. Christian bakers refuse to make a wedding cake for gays are put out of business.

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  5. In the future she may find that some "privileged" actors may not care to work with her. The sign will be fewer invitations being extended to read for parts in new productions.

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  6. If the subject is privilege, I hope they speak on if anything less than 800 thread count sheets are worth it.

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