I have a question for white folks reading this: Have you or your family benefitted from affirmative action laws or policies? If your answer is ‘no’ I wonder if you will feel differently after reading this post.
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This is Derek Sivers' version of a quote based on the opening of a David Foster Wallace address* to the 2005 graduating class at Kenyon College:
This is a brilliant article. It focuses on health inequity, but applies quite well to to a wide range of things, including education, justice, housing, voting, finance, and governance. Here's my distillation of the message:
"...we must build a deeper understanding of racism as a system of advantage — otherwise our ... efforts are bound to simply remain diversity and inclusion projects."
We are all in the same lifeboat. We should act that way.
Rudiger Dorbusch, a German economist who spent much of his career at MIT, famously said:
“Things always take longer to happen than you expect – but once they happen, events unfold more quickly than you’d ever have imagined.”
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”