Excellent piece! Those who complain about the concept of privilege seem to think that it means they are being told they have an easy life or no problems, but that’s not it at all. I remember once getting into a “discussion” about this with a retired military officer who was incensed when I told him that a disabled White veteran who was ill and living under a bridge had serious issues of concern, but none-the-less had privilege because there are things he would never have to face as a man or as a White person that others routinely grapple with. He didn’t get it — in part because he didn’t want to and in part because these zero-sum guys can only see “if someone wins, someone else has to lose.”

Brene Brown’s recent Netflix special talks some about the discomfort of sitting silently, listening and learning about not if you have bias and privilege but learning just how much. And not having to talk or learn about something that makes you uncomfortable is the ultimate in privilege!

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