I like to believe people have the best intentions until proven otherwise. I think many who speak of white privilege has the best of intentions. Some might be frustrated and angry and say it as an insult. But frankly, that white privilege is used as a slur, matters nothing to me as a white person. It does not injure, hurt or insult me personally.

My intention to write about white privilege was not that I was looking after myself. Rather I think it is counterproductive with respect to the goal of helping those less fortunate. We should be talking about programs and policies to help people. And if we can make those programs and policies color/gender blind that would be even better.

But I also reckognize the fact that a lot of white people are offended by the term white privilege. That means you are less likely to get these people onboard with the policies and programs you want to promote to help others. But I don’t personally feel that any white person needs “saving” from the term. It is a very minor thing compared to what other people need to deal with.

Let me try to rephrase that. If somebody act like a big idiot and you want him to change. It might not be the smartest thing to call him a big idiot. It is counter productive. My point is to not get so focused on injustice that you lose focus on fixing it.

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