• Logie Discusses White Privilege in Radio Interview

John Logie was one of three “influential older white men” interviewed recently by Michigan Now Radio in connection with the annual celebration of Juneteenth.  Juneteenth commemorates that date in 1865 when Union forces took control of the State of Texas and enforced the Emancipation Proclamation:

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.

In the interview, Logie discussed racism and white privilege:

[Y]ou have to understand the concept of white privilege. You and I walk into a restaurant expecting people to serve us with pleasure and be nice to us. That’s not the experience of a lot of people of different colors. It’s not the actual experience and therefore it’s not the expectation. But you and I have an expectation of white privilege because we’ve taken it for granted all of our lives.”

The interview can be hear at http://www.michigannow.org/listen.php?storyID=202.