||[Apr. 29th, 2008|03:07 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
"Don't Be That Guy"
(Ganked from coslinks)
I find this essay (which the author, synecdochic, tagged as a rant) especially interesting because of the intelligent way she frames her arguments about privilege and, as a side effect, how to explain conversational or experiential failure due to a bad case of privilege.
I sometimes clown around with friends of color, saying "whitey to the rescue!" when they (rarely) ask me to do something where I'm more likely to get traction due to my race (or, more likely, when I've gone off and just done things because I know I've got a better chance of a positive reaction). This is also a good essay on being sensitive about any type of privilege.
Er, I supposed that just outed me as a Caucasian. Ah well. I'm also a woman. Shocking! Add to the mix that my Mom is of nearly-pure Polish descent, that my Dad is of a mutt-like but traceable Irish/Scottish descent, that I've got my very own case of vitiligo, and you have one pale PALE person. Fortunately, my genetic dice roll opted out of alcoholism, but I've got an undeniable addiction to potatoes. And now you know more about me than you ever needed or wanted. Cuz it's all about me.