Privileges are the unearned benefits that accrue to groups based on their location in a social hierarchy. The concept dates to the 1930s when W.E.B DuBois…
Privilege isn't the presence of perks and benefits. It's the absence of obstacles and barriers. That's a lot harder to notice. If you have a hard time recognizing your privileges, focus on what you don't have to go through. Let that fuel your empathy and action. ~ @mariejbeech
When you debate a person about something that affects them more than it affects you, remember that it will take a much greater emotional toll on them than on you. For you it may feel like an academic exercise. For them, it feels like revealing their pain only to have you dismiss their experience and sometimes their humanity. The fact that you might remain more calm under these circumstances is a consequence of your privilege, not increased objectivity on your part. Stay humble.
I love how rich people will say, "It was the first time in my life that politics ever affected me personally." Honey, politics wer affecting you the whole time. Politics created and maintained your entire oblivious, privileged life. They just never affected you *negatively*. ~ @sannewman
CRT identifies that the power structures in this country are based on white privilege and white supremacy, whcih perpetuates the marginalization of people of color. There are five major components or tenets of CRT: 1. The notion that racism is ordinary and not aberrational 2. Tbe idea of an interest convergence 3. The social construction of race 4. The idea of storytelling and ounter-storytelling 5. The notion that whites have actually been recipients of civil rights legislation...
"If you've never had a Supreme Court case decide if you have the same rights as others, you have privilege." ~ @georgehtakei, commenting on the decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, which extended Title VII’s protections from workplace discrimination “because of … sex” to apply to LGBTQ employees.
Defensive Reactions "White privilege is not real...because I grew up poor, so I am not privileged...because I have had to work hard for what I have." Instead of taking the time to learn about white privilege, the knee-jerk reaction is to deny that it exists at all. White people take the term "white privilege" as a personal attack instead of attempting to use their white privilege in a positive way. Source: Robin Diangelo / @soyouwanttotalkabout
"I have the privilege of being totally unaware of my own privilege" [click on this image to find Tucker Carlson's interview with David Jay, who is an activist in the asexual community. Note that Carlson asks Jay "How did you determine you were an asexual?" and one wonders if Carlson is aware of the privilege he has in being able to take his own sexuality for granted as natural. It's not likely that Carlson has ever had to contemplate how he determined he was a heterosexual]
If you can comfortably walk down the street while holding your partner's hand, you have heterosexual privilege. Check your privilege. Follow this link to find a short video and analysis of why people are surprised when they are asked when they first knew they were straight: http://www.thesociologicalcinema.com/videos/when-did-you-decide-to-become-straight