“Acknowledging privilege should not generate guilt or abdication, but should compel us to leverage that privilege in a way that equals the playing field for others … yes, even if it may FEEL as if we are giving something up that we deserve or earned. This may come in the form of sacrificing prestige that makes room for someone else to take leadership, challenging our own communities who have institutionalized privilege and exclusions and/or simple recognizing that much of what we have achieved, not everyone has had the opportunity to achieve the same.”—Constructive Conversations on Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality and the -isms of Our Day
“The silences and denials surrounding privilege are the key political tool here. They keep the thinking about equality or equity incomplete, protecting unearned advantage and conferred dominance by making these taboo subjects. Most talk by whites about equal opportunity seems to me now to be about equal opportunity to try to get into a position of dominance while denying that systems of dominance exist.”—Source.
“I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets which I can
count on cashing in each day, but about which I was ‘meant’ to remain oblivious. White privilege is
like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks.”—White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Well I beg to differ. I think class and wealth are important contributors to the notion of “privilege”.
Access to opportunities is what I view as the main point behind this privilege…
I get where you’re coming from, Tom. But it is just a very naive approach to a very complex situation. More to the point i was disagreeing with your statement that unless a conversation about privilege includes some discussion about wealth or class it is weak. This is simply not true. The root of privilege goes beyond a person’s wealth and class. There is a reason there are so many white, male leaders who HAVE wealth and class, and it is everything to do with societal expectations, norms and constructs.
Wealth and class is simply a symptom of an insidious privilege.
All I would suggest is you read up on these issues before forming solid opinions. Really try to get to grips with how gender is constructed. How being white is privilege whether we like it or not. Don’t base your opinions on some (in my opinion) relatively useless tumblr arguments.