WHILE WHITE PRIVILEGE IS REAL, WE WILL NOT INHERENTLY BE BEST REPRESENTED BY PEOPLE WHO RESEMBLE US IN SOME SUPERFICIAL MANNER---WE MUST IN THE END CHART OUR OWN MORAL COURSE.
We hear about white privilege in current day political debate and I'm in substantial agreement with that concept. The advantages given white persons over the years in America have made a real everyday difference in the present day opportunities and prospects of Black Americans.
(Which is not to forget that my father's white privilege was to serve as a combat medic in the Korean War and to spend much his life dealing with the aftermath of that service. Collective actions are essential to progress. But we are all also individuals.)
At the same time, we see that the first majority-minority school board ever in Houston has elected as President of the Houston Independent School Board a man who engaged in anti-gay smears in one of his election campaigns.
In the end we have to stay our own course in life. We often won't find automatic or easy agreement even with people or circumstances that at a first look seem amenable to our overall outlook on politics and society.
The best government and the best leadership will come from empathy and sound public policy rather than simply being a result of electing people who resemble us in some superficial manner.
Our best service to ourselves will come from charting our own moral course.
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