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This is what the legacy of ‘white privilege’ looks like in Bill O’Reilly’s hometown

Levittown, the Long Island community where Bill O’Reilly grew up, holds a unique place in history for two reasons: It was the original subdivision, a mass-produced town of neatly uniform, affordable Cape Cod homes that would serve as a model for postwar suburbs for decades to come.

And it was available only to whites.

The latter detail — now at the center of an epic standoff between O’Reilly and Jon Stewart over race, suburbia and the legacy of “white privilege” — wasn’t an innovation specific to Levittown. Racial discrimination in housing wasn’t merely commonplace in the 1940s and ’50s; it was government policy. The Federal Housing Administration helped finance the construction of many suburban places like Levittown on the condition that they exclude blacks. And it underwrote mortgages to white families there with the expectation that their property values would only hold if blacks did not move in.

At first, the requirement that homeowners in Levittown not rent or sell their homes to minorities was included in the deeds to their homes. Yes, homeowners in Bill O’Reilly’s hometown were contractually bound to keep out blacks.

So typical of conservatives like Bill O’Reilly to NEVER acknowledge they are a product of privilege. A “whites only” town and Bill pretends to not have a clue? What an asshole.

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Source: twitter.com/imransiddiquee

Wish I would’ve gotten to this sooner since it’s late to be posting, but I really love this particular message and the discussion around “being a man” and how it relates to the treatment of women as well as gay men (or anyone else perceived as “less” / equivocated with being undesirably weak)

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rubeus remus potter not albus severus

can you imagine hagrid’s reaction?? he would be so so so happy and honoured, little rubeus would be getting rock cakes all the time. hagrid buys him his first owl to keep with tradition. hagrid tells him stories about all his dangerous animals and rubeus potter loves it. he gets nicknamed ‘ru’

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Yes just me, a dog. Taking a walk. With my dogs. Who are my friends. But also dogs. And I am a dog.

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so turns out the guy who discovered uranus originally wanted to name it “george”

just. imagine a planet called George

mercury venus earth mars jupiter saturn GEORGE

i had to fact check this and its fucking true

rn in the universe where that happened: “when George was discovered they wanted to name it URANUS”

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