Privilege blinds us to plight of others who lack it

Privilege blinds us to plight of others who lack it

If you’re reading this newsletter, chances are that you’re privileged. The thing about privilege is that it’s the perceived normal state for those who have it, and it takes conscious effort to see it. Accepting your own privilege comes with discomfort, which is why you often see people deny it. This is a good piece on the psychology of accepting privilege. Key quote: «Asking you to acknowledge your privilege does not minimise your personal hardship and suffering. It does not make your pain any less legitimate if you acknowledge someone else’s pain, which, by chance or birth, you find yourself free of.»

From Weekly Filet ##326, in November 2020.

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