Eric Liu at TIME reported, via Free Republic:
If there is one hopeful note amid all the anguish and recrimination from the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it’s that growing numbers of white people have come to appreciate whiteness for what it is: an unearned set of privileges. And as a result of that dawning awareness, it’s become possible to imagine a day when that structure of privilege is dismantled — by white people.
Recall that immediately after the killing of Trayvon Martin, people of every race took to the Internet to declare “I am Trayvon Martin.” They wore hoodies. They proclaimed solidarity. That was a well-meaning and earnest attempt to express empathy, but it also obscured the core issue, which is that Martin died not because he was wearing a hoodie but because he was wearing a hoodie while black. Blackness was the fatal variable.
And so now, postverdict, a more realistic meme has taken root. On Tumblr and Facebook and elsewhere there is a new viral phenomenon: “We are not Trayvon Martin” (emphasis mine). Huge numbers of white Americans are posting testimonials and images to declare that it is precisely because they are not black that they have never had to confront the awful choices Martin faced when Zimmerman began to pursue him.
This isn’t about empathy or the posture of equivalency that empathy can tempt us to assume. It’s about owning up to the unequal privilege of being nonblack and saying, in essence, “I am George Zimmerman.” And because I am George Zimmerman, I get to have my fears trump reality. I get get-out-of-jail-free cards. I get a presumption of innocent victimhood, no matter what my own acts or attitudes.
Much has been made about the fact that Zimmerman is white and of Hispanic ethnicity, as if he therefore couldn’t possibly embody white privilege. This is a deep misreading of the dynamics of race and the media in America…
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has slammed Time magazine’s selection of President Barack Obama for the 2012 “Person of the Year” award when he charged on Wednesday and Thursday that the Democratic incumbent was re-elected because he appealed to “low-information morons” who make up a new demographic in the nation.
On Wednesday’s syndicated program, Limbaugh responded to the announcement made that morning on NBC’s “Today Show” by stating that Richard Stengel, the editor of the liberal publication, said Obama was chosen “because he is a symbol, the champion, of the new low-information American voter.”
While explaining why the president was selected, Stengel said:
He won reelection despite a higher unemployment rate than anybody’s had to face in 70 years. He’s the first Democrat to actually win two consecutive terms with over 50 percent of the vote. That’s something we haven’t seen since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
And he’s basically the beneficiary and the author of a kind of new America, a new demographic, a new cultural America that he is now the symbol of.
Limbaugh also indicated that Stengel said “15 percent of voters actually don’t care about politics. These are the people we didn’t know who are gonna show up at the polls who actually like Barack Obama, in the sense they feel like he’s outside of politics.”
The radio host then described Time as a “failing magazine with a dwindling subscription and a dwindling advertiser base that’s no longer relevant in the media world” but “still holds onto this Man of the Year thing.”
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The mom on the latest cover of Time magazine said Friday she didn’t expect such a strong public reaction to the photo of her breastfeeding her 3-year-old son.
“I don’t think any of us were expecting it,”Jamie Lynne Grumet said, appearing on NBC’s “Today” with her son Aram.
The cover, meant to illustrate the philosophy of “attachment parenting,” went viral Thursday and sparked debate about breastfeeding children past babyhood — and the appropriateness of depicting it on a national magazine.
But Grumet said she wanted to make a point, and for that, “we knew exactly what we were going to get into.” She said she herself was breastfed until she was six years old, making her family “basically one of the better families to handle this.”
According to LAist, the Los Angeles mom has a blog, “I Am Not the Baby-Sitter,” and has written about breastfeeding her adopted Ethiopian son in addition to her biological child:
“When I asked him if he would also like to breastfeed he smiled and jumped right on my lap. Our first experience breastfeeding you could tell his was an old pro. It was clear it was something he missed dearly. Something from home I was able to give him.”
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