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20 years old | Cosplayer | Big Island, Hawaii
I get into a lot of political fights so this is your pre-follow warning :D
I often have a hard time putting my thoughts into words that arent out of order and stupid-sounding (see? lol) But I think I’m coming closer to developing an actual opinion on privilege other than “thats bullshit”
First off, lets break out a dictionary. Privilege is simply an advantage a person or group has over another. So the first things that pop to minda are money and living conditions. But people insist of things like racial privilege, privilege based on sex, gender, orientation, and identity.
These things shouldn’t be privileges. However, it would be ignorant to assume that there aren’t areas in this world, this country, your state, your city, where some of these could in fact give you an advantage.
BUT. the country is not a unanimous (idk if that’s the right word, first paragraph remember) entity. It doesn’t operate the same in every corner. One state may be blue, while a city within may be “red”. One town you could have a pride parade and everyone would join in, maybe a lone protester (this happened in hilo, poor lonely fucker) while in another you may have a plethora of angry anti gay protesters. In that situation, you may have an upper hand in social and even legal situation for being heterosexual.
This same play out can work if you interchange these things with race, sex, identity or even size and class.
My point? I fully acknowledge that there are places where these things can give you an advantage in life. Not to say that with the proper resources, you couldnt, i dont know… move or something. Just saying, these are real problems.
We’ve established that i acknowledge privilege in certain circumstances. Now, my lonely thinking brought me to the next point, what exactly angers me so much about it.
it’s the people who use it to discriminate. To silence people they dont like based on their own prejudices. “youre white you cant talk”
The majority of sane humans, at least that I’ve met, agree that things like race, sex/gender, orientation, class, or size shouldn’t affect how people are viewed, but their actions should. somewhere along the line, people took privilege and tied it to, actually, judging based on these things. Isnt what we’re trying to avoid?!?!?!
A “privileged” person could have a great idea on how to solve an issue, just the same as the most underprivileged person could have a terrible idea. We do have to lift under privileged people up, but that doesnt mean accepting everything they say without using our brains.
Now, no one can speak for another person’s struggles better than themselves, i’m not talking about people with higher privilege silencing those with “bigger problems”. Let’s make that clear. no one can say if another persons problems matter or dont matter. that is up to them.
If someone has a good idea, they have a good idea. if someone has a bad idea, they have a bad idea. These uncontrollable factors (gender, race, etc) should NOT be playing a role in determining whether or not their opinions and ideas are valid. that’s bigotry. that’s discrimination in itself.
In a nutshell:
Privilege exists in different ways
It’s not the same in every place. Your experiences can be different than mine.
Stop silencing people because you think they’re “more privileged”
Stop using it to discriminate.
Work to get rid of it.
Please dont reply with some rude comment. im being chill, try to be chill too. have a friggen discussion for once, even if the other disagrees in the end.
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