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For me it's not so much the Quaker economic-class issue as it is the underrepresentation of many types of people.

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8/26/10 10:19 P

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It is an interesting blog - thank you so much for posting the link.

I struggle with these issues myself - I am the product of privilege and Quaker elementary and secondary education (I went to a private, non-Quaker college). I have watched my Quaker school (from a distance) become increasingly "preppy" and "glitzy" and decreasingly openly aware of issues of class and race, and I have been disturbed by this.

I am not active enough in a Quaker group/meeting/context to have any sense of how Quakers are addressing these issues nowadays. As I grew up, class was as taboo a subject of discussion as sex was.

The aspect of class and privilege that most intrigues me is the extent to which the beneficiaries of those systems are completely unaware of the effects of those systems on their own lives. For instance, I volunteered to lead a discussion about multicultural issues in school psychology in a class I was taking. The group was overwhelmingly pale-skinned and native English-speaking, about 50/50 male:female, and I presented the paper about White Privilege by Peggy McIntosh. Most of my classmates simply didn't "get" it (probably due to my ineptitude).

I grew up in Philadelphia, but raised my children in New England, where Friends education is not nearly as readily available; I sent them to public school partly out of necessity but also on principle (I didn't want them majoring in Lacoste as they would have in the private schools available at the time).

I don't have any answers - only questions and concerns -

What are your concerns?



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read the whole thing, especially the links that take you to the food pantry analogy!
quakerclass.blogspot.com/2010/08/mod
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n-plea.html

this really got me thinking, since I often have difficulties when Quakers speak of the problems of class.

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