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    šŸ•› So! I've had a day to let it sink in, but this preposterous @WSJ editorial! wsj.com/articles/the-cā€¦ "a problem that defies explanation"

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    šŸ•§ I get that it's a business & this is something like professional wrestling or reality TV. WSJ editorials are meant to be spectacle.

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    šŸ• No reasonable person, post News Corp, expects anything other than Rush Limbaugh-style deliberately titillating outrageousness.

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    šŸ•œ But there's a difference between their normal obnoxious horseshit & this one. Why the need to immediately exclaim "not race!"?

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    šŸ•‘ Or saying "ā€¦ the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the [Birmingham] murderers" plainly still exists.

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    šŸ• Who is served by pretending it doesn't? Where is the benefit here? Just avoiding awkward conversations or uncomfortable introspection?

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    šŸ•’ I was behind on the news and caught up with both this and @TheDailyShow Jon Stewart's great & widely-shared monologue on the same night.

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    šŸ•ž Compare: "Today the system and philosophy of institutionalized racism identified by Dr. King no longer exists."

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    šŸ•“ With: "peering into the abyss of the depraved violence" & "a gaping racial wound that will not heal, yet we pretend doesn't exist."

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    šŸ•Ÿ Pretending it doesn't exist is, cognitively, really hard work. And it is dishonest and unfair and cruel work too. It's its own violence.

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    šŸ•” Acknowledging that we still have a very, very long way to go is literally the least anyone could do.

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    šŸ•  The magnitude of the "acceptable injustices" is today much smaller than it was. But the sum of all of them is something I cannot imagine.

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    šŸ•• It's never once even occurred to me that I might die, or even be in danger, after getting pulled over by a cop.

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    šŸ•” I've never had anyone not want me to swim in their pool, use their bathroom, sit next to them on the bus, or be friends with their kids.

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    šŸ•– I've never left a job interview or an investor pitch or a blind date wondering whether I was being judged for myself/my merits.

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    šŸ•¢ I've always been the default. I had unlimited role models, and the path to any of them was always an obvious straight line.

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    šŸ•— In every respect in which my life could have been easy, it was made to be easy. (Note: as a human, I still find ways to make it hard.)

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    šŸ•£ It is obvious that this privilege is not equally distributed. The thousand little obstacles are constant & very real for many.

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    šŸ•˜ And so is a racist sociopath with a gun. That's real. And the differential in where the cops' bullets land.

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    šŸ•¤ It matters how we talk about it after & it matters that we at least try to make some progress. So, WSJ editorial board: fuck you!

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