But is this a matter of white privilege or is it a matter of raising a child with one set of cultural norms, then moving him to an area with completely different cultural norms? I don’t see why this story would not have played out exactly in reverse if you had raised your son in Marin with “white” (i.e., privileged Upper Middle Class white Northern Californian liberal) norms until High School, then moved to Oakland and enrolled him in the baseball team you chose for him. He would have come to the Oakland team and might have been seen as “cold,” “standoffish,” “overly quiet,” “acting white,” “not standing up for himself.” He might have been jarred by the loudness of the other players, the swagger and braggadocio, and felt out of place. The coach might have asked, “Why doesn’t he steal more bases? Why is he so quiet and mouselike — show a little enthusiasm! He acts like a snob around the other players. It’s no wonder they don’t warm to him.” Etc.

Linguist, philosopher, lover of history, wordhound, 21 year New Yorker, searching for meaning in the universe

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