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August 12, 2015 / compassioninpolitics

Critique of Critiques of Whiteness/Priviledge

If you’re reading this, and you know who Harriet Tubman is, you might know who William Still is, but you probably can’t name a single one of the Quakers that provided logistical support for the Underground Railroad. The first was a conductor on the railroad, the second is widely seen as “the father of the Underground Railroad.” Even though he receives little fanfare, his multi-state network freed hundreds of slaves. His network relied on assistance from white Quakers. Their support and ideas were practical and effective. They weren’t discarded by Still because of the color of their skin.

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