What My Bike Has Taught Me About White Privilege | A Little More Sauce

Randal A. Burd, Jr.:

Without committing to whether the author is 100% right or wrong, this is the most well-written article on the subject I have ever seen.

Originally posted on A Little More Sauce:

The phrase “white privilege” is one that rubs a lot of white people the wrong way. It can trigger something in them that shuts down conversation or at least makes them very defensive. (Especially those who grew up relatively less privileged than other folks around them). And I’ve seen more than once where this happens and the next move in the conversation is for the person who brought up white privilege to say, “The reason you’re getting defensive is because you’re feeling the discomfort of having your privilege exposed.”

I’m sure that’s true sometimes. And I’m sure there are a lot of people, white and otherwise, who can attest to a kind of a-ha moment or paradigm shift where they “got” what privilege means and they did realize they had been getting defensive because they were uncomfortable at having their privilege exposed. But I would guess that more often than…

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U.S. Bank Settles Class Action Lawsuit Regarding Overdraft Fees | WafflesatNoon.com

U.S. Bank Settles Class Action Lawsuit Regarding Overdraft Fees

Here is another article I wrote for the ezine Waffles at Noon. U.S. Bank has reached a $55 million dollar settlement in a class action lawsuit with twelve of its customers who represented all current and former U.S. Bank customers … Continue reading

Church, Here’s Why People Are Leaving You. Part 1 | John Pavlovitz

Randal A. Burd, Jr.:

This article is worth reading and maybe some reflection…

Originally posted on john pavlovitz:

WalkingAway

Being on the other side of the Exodus sucks, don’t it?

I see the panic on your face, Church.
I know the internal terror as you see the statistics and hear the stories and scan the exit polls.
I see you desperately scrambling to do damage control for the fence-sitters, and manufacture passion from the shrinking faithful, and I want to help you.

You may think you know why people are leaving you, but I’m not sure you do.

You think it’s because “the culture” is so lost, so perverse, so beyond help that they are all walking away.
You believe that they’ve turned a deaf ear to the voice of God; chasing money, and sex, and material things.
You think that the gays and the Muslims and the Atheists and the pop stars have so screwed-up the morality of the world, that everyone is abandoning faith in droves.

But those aren’t the reasons…

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