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Comedian Chelsea Handler tells white people to start being more ‘uncomfortable’ with their privilege

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On Wednesday’s edition of ABC’s “The View,” comedian Chelsea Handler discussed the perspective she gained on white privilege from talking to people of color — and the lessons white people should learn.

While shooting her upcoming Netflix documentary, “Hello Privilege, It’s Me, Chelsea,” Handler went to the University of Southern California and talked to African-American students. According to her, the whole situation made her uncomfortable — but that discomfort isn’t anything to be afraid of.

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“There were black people in that room that were taking me to task saying, ‘All you do is come in here and take, take, take,'” said Handler. “You making a documentary about white privilege is an example of your privilege, and I’ — yes, that’s correct, and it was good for me to hear.”

The lesson, Handler said, is that white people need to resist the impulse to react negatively when people of color discuss their privilege. “Guess what! It’s OK to be uncomfortable! We can afford to be a little uncomfortable after everything that’s happened and stretch our, kind of, brains and our bodies to — to put ourselves in situations that aren’t natural, that aren’t comfortable.”

She added that it might also help if more white people took racial sensitivity classes proactively.

Handler’s comments were mocked by some corners of conservative media, like The Blaze. But in reality, she is speaking to a very important phenomenon: some sociologists have noted a backfire effect, known as “white fragility” whereby people confronted with examples of their privilege deny, explain it away, or double down on it. And white liberals are often just as guilty as white conservatives.

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Everyone wants to think they are one of the “good ones,” and if people aren’t used to being confronted with the forms their own privilege takes, they will be less able or willing to address it.

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‘Worse than Obama’: Lindsey Graham has full-blown freak out over Trump’s latest Syria statements

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Wednesday had a full-blown freak out after President Donald Trump publicly said that the Turkish slaughter of the Kurds in northern Syria was not America's problem.

Writing on Twitter, the senator had his harshest condemnation yet of the president's decision to abruptly pull American troops out of Syria while giving Turkey a green light to invade the area.

"I hope President Trump is right in his belief that Turkeys invasion of Syria is of no concern to us, abandoning the Kurds won’t come back to haunt us, ISIS won’t reemerge, and Iran will not fill the vacuum created by this decision," Graham wrote. "However, I firmly believe that if President Trump continues to make such statements this will be a disaster worse than President Obama’s decision to leave Iraq."

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday blurted out a nearly incomprehensible conspiracy theory about the 2016 election.

During an Oval Office meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, reporters asked Trump if he expected former National Security Adviser John Bolton to testify to the House impeachment inquiry.

Trump sidestepped the question and launched into a rant about "corruption" in the 2016 election.

"Giuliani was seeking out corruption in the 2016 election," the president said. "There was tremendous corruption in that 2016 election. It was disgraceful what happened and what happened to me and what happened to the Republicans."

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Ohio voter purge targets state’s League of Women Voters head

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Ohio’s government admitted that nearly 20 percent of voters targeted in the state’s looming purge of “inactive” were actually active voters.

Earlier this year, the Ohio secretary of state’s office issued a list of 235,000 names targeted for removal from the voter rolls because, the state purported, they had not participated in the last three election cycles. The purge is part of an effort to remove names of people who have passed away or moved. The state is required to send notices to people it plans to remove to give them a chance to verify that they should still be on the rolls.

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