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Communicating White Privilege More Effectively: A Fresh Idea?

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Some people reading will have heard of the 'freedom from' and 'freedom to' distinction associated with Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum. Others will have read about 'negative liberty' and 'positive liberty' as discussed by Isaiah Berlin. I gratefully acknowledge the contributions of these scholars, and of everyone who has helped make this distinction clear to me through their writings, and of everyone who has publicized these ideas to assist so many people in understanding these crucial points. Certainly, If you are interested in understanding better how privilege is 'to' and not 'from,' I recommend reading around the topic. Perhaps you can make your own contribution one day; and in everyday life, most of all! For my part, I also need to remember that the biggest change comes from self-cultivation. It is the so-called 'small things' that really make the difference, and that are the root of all the 'big things.'

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