Just so we are clear, not that you have to have identitarian deference, but Fields is a pretty famous Black scholar. Karen (her sister) and Barbara's book Racecraft is one of the most profound books on race and racism that I have ever read.
I also found this piece by Kennen Malik very good on the usefulness of the term "white privilege".
I would highly recommend reading this piece (and study) by Adolph Reed in the New Republic - https://newrepublic.com/podcasts?utm_source=popup&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=podcast
And if you want to read a more critical take on BLM, read Cedric Johnson's piece here - https://nonsite.org/editorial/the-triumph-of-black-lives-matter-and-neoliberal-redemption
I also just read Toure' Reed's new book Toward Freedom that takes a deep dive into this discussion - https://www.amazon.com/Toward-Freedom-Case-Against-Reductionism/dp/1786634384
On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 8:08 AM John Case <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
h/t -- Ted Boettner --- An interesting post from Dissent on the phrase white privilege", about which I am of three minds.1) -- in a scramble for crumbs, when two workers are owed a loaf, but the white worker is paid 2 slices and the Black worker is paid one slice, calling the second slice "privilege" speaks a truth, but also conceals one: the fact that both are being robbed, and there is no way to arrest the thief and get the whole loaf without uniting the Black and white worker to advance each other.
2) On the other hand, for a white person to deny to a Black person that there is a "privilege" in being "robbed less" while his/her family must divide a single
slice, sounds idiotic. The difference between 2 slices and 1 can be life and death, poverty or survival, opportunity or none, out of prison or in prison.
3) The question seems similar to white folks who object to "Black Lives Matter", and ask: Why not "All Lives Matter"? --- An example of how phrases can hide as much as they reveal. "All Lives Matter" tells a LIE because, in reality, Black lives DO NOT MATTER to a vast number of police, and a significant portion of the white population.Adam Rothman and Barbara J. Fields ▪ July 24, 2020--
TED BOETTNER I Senior Researcher
Ohio River Valley Institute