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Apr 28, 201407:38 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

White, middle-aged (plus), and male? I plead guilty as hell!

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Falling in line

Cousin Johan swears that he will divulge if I do not voluntarily confess. Therefore, let it be said that the Four Lakes H.O.G. Club rallied Saturday for its first motorcycle ride of the season on what looks to be the last sunny day of the year. Your faithful bloggeur saw motorcycles forming up so he fell in. Only at the first stop did I realize I had taken up with a separate organization: all women. A group of bikers called Stilettos on Wheels. That should count for something on the White Privilege Exam. (Dances with Wolves. Rides with Women.)

Each and every one of the ladies had bikes more powerful than mine, and louder pipes. I am man, hear me snore; in numbers too big to ignore! 

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Apr 28, 2014 08:30 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Privilege is tough to think about. If you're a guy who worked hard in school and at your job, weathered some rough patches along the way, and never found life to be particularly easy, it's probably not going to ring true that a lot of privilege was involved. John Scalzi, a sci-fi author and blogger, puts it differently, trying to get guys, in particular, to understand the concept without getting defensive: "In the role playing game known as The Real World, 'Straight White Male' is the lowest difficulty setting there is."

Ben Carson is an interesting guy. As for the Ryan and Clarke, both are politicians. We've heard a lot of what they have to say and neither has been very effective at doing anything other than getting their faces on TV.

Apr 29, 2014 08:10 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

As I commented in WSJ--

Part of my white-guy experience: I have been instructed that 1. blacks know everything about me; 2. I cannot possibly know anything about blacks; 3. anything that comes out of my mouth will undoubtedly be merely an expression of my ignorance and insensitivity; 4. I am inherently racist; 5. non-whites cannot possibly be racist; 6. I am a personal representative of all those terrible white people throughout the ages; 7. I should have a passion for engaging in discussions around race relations. Sorry, but 1 plus 2 plus 3 plus 4 plus 5 plus 6 does not equal 7.

-- and the next day, sure enough, a black guy 'described' myself to me. Whatever.

Apr 29, 2014 02:25 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Once I saw the names and backgrounds of all those folks that were invited to analyze and resolve the "Together Apart" issues, I knew their solutions before they did, so I found my attendance as a privileged white person would probably not make a difference. So I decided not to attend. Gee, perhaps we should invite the same number of privileged whites to a conference and expect their solutions to be granted the same level of coverage in the local media. When somewhere hot freezes over (not Arizona...)

Apr 29, 2014 06:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

There just aren't enough panels of white guys convened, are there? That panel had at least three faith leaders, including Alex Gee whose politics I'd like to hear you define. Please, attempt to do that for me. Or what about Michael Johnson, who runs maybe the most successful nonprofit in town (Boys & Girls Club) by building coalitions of small business people and community leaders? What are his politics? Are you aware he was driven out into the woods by his college friends where he was greeted by a group of men in KKK garb burning a cross? Is that what you mean by his "background"? What's interesting is how many actual business leaders were there. I saw Tim Metcalfe talking about it. He only puts on one of the biggest community fundraisers in the state at Brat Fest each year. Wildly successful businessman. If you read this magazine, you'd know he's a guy we could all learn from. Everybody except you, I guess. You know it all, right?

Apr 30, 2014 07:37 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"John Scalzi... trying to get guys, in particular, to understand the concept without getting defensive: "In the role playing game known as The Real World, 'Straight White Male' is the lowest difficulty setting there is."

"Without getting defensive." Well, that didn't work.

Apr 30, 2014 08:30 am
 Posted by  coolkevs

Oh, I see the Bratfest is OK now -- let those white-guy Walker supporting bygones be bygones when they sing from the approved choir book

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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