No need to feel guilt, but strive to understand differing points of view
In response to “Character, Not Skin Color” (Sept. 6) I, too, am a white male of middle age, and very grateful to have been born in the USA.
I don’t believe that the term “white privilege” is meant as an insult. It is an acknowledgement that people of European descent have some distinct advantages within contemporary American society, and have done since the founding of our nation. It can be used a bit snidely in reference to many white Americans’ inability to admit that these advantages exist.
There is no need to feel guilt, but yes, as someone who was born in the US, a white male, to two parents in a committed relationship, I certainly won the lottery of birth.
I have been on a journey, this past year or two, of deliberately growing my ability to hear what others of different backgrounds and experiences are trying to tell those of us who fit neatly within the predominant culture. I am becoming uncomfortably aware that I am the beneficiary of a system that tacitly, and at times blatantly, acts to preserve these advantages.
If anyone is interested in hearing some great stories from people of all walks oflife, I highly recommend the following podcasts: This American Life, The Moth, Invisibilia, and Conversations with People Who Hate Me.
This is Part 2 of a three part in-paper Enumclaw mayoral debate between Jan Molinaro and Kim Lauk. Both are first time candidates for mayor. The incumbent, Mayor Liz Reynolds, chose not to seek a third term.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise across the U.S. and Washington and King County data show a similar trend towards more syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.
Bills show hundreds of residents doubled or tripled their water usage in the past two months, but many say they’ve not increased, or even decreased, their water consumption, and the city’s system must be wrong.
The Courier-Herald is publishing a three-part debate between Black Diamond Mayor Carol Benson and her opponent Judy Baxley. Last week, candidates answered questions concerning the city, and what they would do as mayor to address any issues. This week, Part 2, is a chance for candidates to rebut their opponent’s statements. Part 3 will wrap-up with final statements.
Oakpointe is gearing up to start home construction in the Ten Trails project in Black Diamond — the developer is only waiting for is final authorization by the City Council. Final plat authorization was submitted by Oakpointe to city staff on Aug. 30, and after staff review, sent to the City Council for action on the Oct. 5 meeting. Council tabled the item to the Oct. 19 meeting. Additionally, a new roundabout opened in the city.