Sunday, September 12, 2021

Tim Wise article shows how "obliviousness" or "lack of proximity" is the most destructive "privilege" of all


Strausburg railroad, PA, 2021-9

Tim Wise has a provocative Medium article, “Obliviousness is the most destructive privilege of all”, link. 

“Not knowing others’ experiences—or recognizing our own lenses – is the most destructive privilege of all”

John Fish had talked about this idea, of not having social “proximity” to poor or underprivileged (sometimes white, however) people after an interview with author Bryan Stevenson (see Book Reviews blog Feb. 7, 2020).   John made two videos about this while living in Montreal on his gap year from Harvard just before the pandemic broke out.

One problem is even being able to bond with people who don’t share our personal values, but who may be “earthier” and less abstract in their values.  That problem has worked its way into critical race theory. There is a problem that being willing to bond this way may be the only prep for being taken out by others in some kind of revolutionary reset. 

(Update: Sept. 14 AM): In my own life, I "run my own world" alone, and it would be almost impossible for anyone else to run it if something happens to me (the restructuring the late fall and winter will do something about that). So I don't "belong" to groups, and are rather appalled by their "intersectional" or wokish values. So it is difficult to get into consistent volunteering and meeting "real needs".  But you can turn this around. As a "self-declared" journalist (I may not be able to claim that any longer in 2022) I claim objectivity and not joining up to take sides (with conventional participation in activism and protesting).  But journalists normally should report on individuals who are doing the most with what they've got (the Uncle Remus thing, "So Dear to My Heart").  That would include people in marginalized groups (and its a good question wither people with disabilities are a "group" but in practice they are viewed that way).  Although I have mentioned some of these persons like in music reviews, I generally haven't given them the attention (or PoC as individuals the attention) that I give my "favorite" persons online.  You can say, I'm, by subtraction, contributing to the problem.  People feel they won't get recognition as individuals, so they feel driven back to tribalistic identities and wokeness.    How someone in my situation deploys his "freedom of reach" really can add up and matter. 

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