I’m making a list of personal privileges I’m aware of having. You’re invited to post your own list in the comments. The purpose of this exercise is to get us thinking, so there are no wrong answers. Some of these privileges are pretty lame. Some of them have a flipside. For now, I just want to look at how I look at privilege.
I am not counting any “privileges” I’ve earned for myself: by definition, privilege is something you’re simply handed.
Privileges I have:
- If a violent crime’s commited against someone I know, I’ll automatically be low on the list of suspects.
- Even when my family was quite impoverished by my country’s standards, I never had to worry about having enough to eat.
- Whether or not I wear makeup, long hair or polished nails, it’s very unlikely anyone will speculate about my sexual orienation on that basis.
Um. Okay, that’s a very short list. Believe it or not, I gave this an hour. I had others; some I dismissed because I realized they were things I’d actually earned for myself, others because they just weren’t that true once I started thinking about it. But if you join in, we can brainstorm together.