"Privilege" has become a trigger word.
Are you privileged?
Does one realize they are privileged if they have never experienced oppression?
Privilege and oppression manifest in different forms. Gender, race or sexual orientation. Social status, education or appearance.
Recognizing your privilege helps you understand the intersectional oppression that others face.
The term intersectionality was coined in the 1980's by Kimberlé Crenshaw in an essay that established that anti-discrimination law, feminist theory and anti-racist politics fail to address the experiences of black women because of how they focus on only a single factor. There is an overlap when it comes to structures of discrimination--sexism, racism, class, sexual orientation, sexual identity and ability cannot be adequately confronted alone.
When we fight our own oppression we must recognize that our job is not done until we have eradicated all oppression. It is all interconnected, we are all interconnected. Our privilege gives us the power to help others and we must hope that those more privileged than ourselves will do the same.
What we must not do is speak from our place of privilege for those who are being oppressed. They need us to listen and to act. Our place is to not speak for others, our place is to ensure that others have the freedom and a platform to speak.
Take the privilege quiz HERE.