With respect, you seem to be pulling something out of my response that isn’t there. I was talking about economic trends, not individual circumstances. There’s a big difference between those two things.

There are indeed a lot of white folks who are suffering, as I’ve acknowledged. And using someone’s racial identity as an excuse to dismiss or trivialize that suffering is morally indefensible, IMO.

That doesn’t contradict my earlier point though, which was a response to your argument that there is “no way to get ahead” if you’re a “cis white male.” I believe that there are ways for some white guys to get ahead, though the degree of success they can achieve obviously depends on a gazillion different factors unrelated to race (mental health, physical health, educational opportunities, and so forth). That was what I was responding to. I never suggested that it’s okay to try to downplay someone’s suffering by pointing out their whiteness. There are people on the left who certainly do this, but I am definitely not one of those people.

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