The real reason my startup was successful: privilege.
Jason Ford

Thank you. Just watched the PBS Newshour segment. I see this article is from last fall while the segment is appropriately on the eve of May Day. From one of color, this same message might have been received as an accusation of white privilege, which might have then made those assuming any accusation retreat from further consideration. Your indictment of white privilege hits the right note, to carry far. Wendy Elisheva Somerson elaborates on reviewing The Perils of Privilege, by Phoebe Maltz Bovy: “The way out of this quagmire is not to abandon the concept of privilege, but to stop it as a silencing technique and start using our privileges to fight for a more just world.”

Notably, you speak as an American entrepreneur. Capitalism is a form of economic Darwinism. Certain social constructs can create economic structures to benefit demographics deemed ‘fittest to survive’. Pulling up your own boot straps, you seem to have paused before tying them in a secure knot, aware that initial possession of the boot was essential. Thank you for the pause.
I thank you even more for whatever interior work or vulnerable discussion was required to not only experience this insight personally, but prioritize its import enough to share publicly. When Rachel Dolezal’s story became comedic fodder, I lamented the lost opportunity to seriously define what it means to be an ally. Collective discourse failed to move forward then. Here is an offering — avoiding bleeding-heart liberal guilt, or non-substantive political-correctness — for authentic examination. You have provided an example, well-articulating the consciousness first required to even consider a role as an ally. Wishing all the best in continuing to define — on your own terms — how to proceed.

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