I Am a White, Racist, Privileged, Nationalist Woman Without Rights…And Other Things I Learned This…
Laura J Mann

This was a sweeping piece, some parts I can agree with, others not so much.

I found the indoctrination portion with the movie and facilitators disturbing. That’s a poor way of handling a rather complex issue. The technique itself smacks of human programming.

I personally understand why the women marched and protested, but I don’t agree with some of the counterproductive antics that occurred during it — like Madonna’s behavior for one.

I believe there is systemic racism, but I don’t think all people are racist or one is somehow automatically racist for reasons they don’t/can’t control, like skin color. I think people on all sides of this issue oftentimes fail to hold themselves accountable enough to really be honest and truthful about this issue. Too much shouting and finger pointing, not enough introspection. Until each of us better understands how we each contribute to the problem — both as individuals and as groups , directly and indirectly— it’ll never be brought to a low murmur (I don’t think it can ever be completely resolved).

I don’t understand how we as a nation can be so fervent about helping refugees while leaving our own homeless — especially veterans — mired in their plight. How we can use our finite resources —taxpayer monies — to provide emergency room medical care and free education to illegal aliens (which overly taxes these resources for adequately serving our own citizens needs) while our inner cities, countless deprived schools, and other various aspects of our infrastructure need so much attention and rebuilding. Why should we let what our forefathers built crumble like this? Don’t we not have an obligation to preserve the good parts of the legacy they left us?

How can we buy products assembled in other countries by workers who are treated in ways we would never countenance here at home? All for big corporations to make big money for their rich stockholders? What happened to the concept of corporate good will as a fungible responsibility?

How can we hope to conceive and make the world better when we routinely fail at the most basic human quality of all — showing mutual respect toward one another, our environment, ourselves? When will we learn to actively listen before speaking? When will we learn — and cherish — the art of diplomacy?

I am glad you found your voice and also the courage to use it.

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