Why a White, Male, US Citizen Speaks on Race, Gender and Mental Health

Being in the most privileged demographic on the planet doesn’t absolve a person (i.e., me) from speaking out on oppression.

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1 Response to Why a White, Male, US Citizen Speaks on Race, Gender and Mental Health

  1. i love your comments. I usually agree with most of them. I can see how you were influenced by where you grew up.

    I grew up om So. Cal under what you might call WOP privilege. They called Italians that because they usually arrived on Ellis Island With Out Papers and they hung a sign w/ the letters WOP and the name stuck. We are more latin than caucasion and my Sicilian father has middle eastern blood due to invasions on the island from that area centuries ago.

    Here is the wop privilege my grandparents and parents got after arriving in the US….nothing but the opportunity to work and make their own way, something they would not have had in Italy which was going through the burnings, lootings, destruction from Marxist terrorists. It was not easy and they struggled and had to drop out of school to work on the farm which was normal for most Americans. But my aunts and uncles actually did very well in their chosen occupations. We were the poor relation as my dad was a school janitor but we certainly did not starve or go without. (Except for the horse i always wanted!) .

    Here is the wop privilege I heard over and over again from my parents growing up….”the world does not owe you a living!” “You know that horse you want.so bad? You work for it. Do not rely on the govt or anyone to give it to you! ” Welfare was a dirty word in our house. I know because i mentioned it once and the reaction was a tongue lashing that i still remember to this day.

    This is how we used Wop privilege to help others…. When the first black family moved into our neighborhood my mom was the first and perhaps only one to welcome them. She told them how Italians were not welcome in many neighborhoods either so she did not want that repeated on our street. I took their little girl to get her first kitten. We always said hi to them when we biked past their house. My mom also had a daycare and never turned down a black and Mexican kid.

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