Somewhere, someone just cringed.
No one likes hearing, directly or implied, that they have privilege. We don’t like hearing that our race, age, gender, sexuality, religion, or other factor we have no control over, somehow gives us an unfair advantage.
“Privilege” brings to mind partying frat boys. People who have had everything handed to them on a silver platter, possibly with a side of Beluga caviar.
We think, “Well, that’s not us! That couldn’t possibly refer to us!”
Or, we defensively rattle off the ways in which we’re disadvantaged. We grew up poor. We didn’t go to college. Our parents had issues. We have issues.
Unfortunately, none of these factors eliminates the pervasive influence of privilege. Where we might be deficit in some way, – say, economically or by a lack of higher education – we still have privileges to which we could easily remain blissfully blind.
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