I am very, very privileged. Not in every way, but in plenty of ways.
Privilege, in the socioeconomic sense, is the set of advantages that one gets simply by being part of a particular class. It’s what your “dash” gets you. Privilege is the benefits we get just for being who we are. We all benefit from privilege of some sort or another.
The obvious and most talked-about lately is white privilege.
A white person doesn’t reflect upon his or her whiteness when freely shopping at a store without being followed, applying for a job, or being pulled over by the cops without being scared of becoming a statistic. Those things are just a given. The white person was born white, and those truths about how white people are treated just exist, irrespective of anything he or she does or doesn’t do. The privilege isn’t earned, it’s inherited. Continue reading →