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Well, you're free continue believing that is average in the distribution of wealth and socioeconomic status. Those of us that grew up poor or lower middle class will continue believing he grew up privileged as fuck.



When you throw around words like privilege, you pretend you know and understand someone's circumstances.

I remember defending Randy Ben on Twitter once after he got kicked out of Kiwicon for violation of the code of conduct (they never even said what he specifically did or said that was a violation). This friend of mine, not in tech and not a hacker, goes on and on about how she didn't expect a straight, cis, male to understand, blah blah blah.

Just because I'm male doesn't negate my right to an opinion. Just because I don't experience the same things you do doesn't negate my opinion. I wrote an article about this a while ago actually, about the Race to the Bottom:

http://khanism.org/people/race-to-the-bottom/


> When you throw around words like privilege, you pretend you know and understand someone's circumstances.

When you dismiss words like privilege, you pretend there isn't a difference between people's circumstances. Especially in a case like this when it is beyond obvious that there is a difference.

> Just because I'm male doesn't negate my right to an opinion. Just because I don't experience the same things you do doesn't negate my opinion. I wrote an article about this a while ago actually, about the Race to the Bottom:

This literally has nothing to do with the subject at hand.


Did you feel like you understood what your friend was saying?


> Those of us that grew up poor or lower middle class will continue believing he grew up privileged as fuck.

And what does that mean exactly? If someone accuses him of racism then they must be right because he's too privileged to have empathy? He's too privileged to understand racism? If you grew up poor or lower middle class in a developed nation then to people living on 30 cents a day in the 3rd world you're privileged as fuck. And we're all privileged as fuck compared to people who had the misfortune of being born 1000 years ago, does that mean they're the only ones who have empathy? That doesn't make a lot of sense to me. But maybe it's because I'm privileged as fuck too.


And there are plenty of poor people in low income countries who grow up in hell and are just as psychopathic as fortune 500 bankers. They might run gangs, commit crime and kill those who cross them with little to no remorse.

There are also many poor people who do an honest days work, try to help every family member and do their best for their families, villages and communities.

Your status doesn't indicate what type of person you are.


> If someone accuses him of racism

Who did? I certainly didn't. I said he didn't experience it. So then who are you referring to?

> He's too privileged to understand racism?

I question the logic of anyone who that read his response to the alleged harassment and doesn't ask wtf he was thinking. That conclusion is a perfectly legitimate one to his handling of the situation.

> If you grew up poor or lower middle class in a developed nation then to people living on 30 cents a day in the 3rd world you're privileged as fuck. And we're all privileged as fuck compared to people who had the misfortune of being born 1000 years ago, does that mean they're the only ones who have empathy? That doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

Ah yes, Reductio ad absurdum rears its head. Makes for a excellent and persuasive argument doesn't it?

> But maybe it's because I'm privileged as fuck too.

Yea you are, the fact that you got all uppity about it, makes me think you don't appreciate how fortunate you really are.


And we're all privileged as fuck compared to people who had the misfortune of being born 1000 years ago, does that mean they're the only ones who have empathy? That doesn't make a lot of sense to me. But maybe it's because I'm privileged as fuck too.

If you're privileged enough to have the 1st world problem of too much social media, then you are probably empathically challenged, because social media erodes humanity. (Especially if you are on the side with power, which some might argue is actually the left when it comes to the media.)




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