Vol 11, Issue 7
Do you think others are too easily offended but feel offended yourself when you are called out for overt or casual discrimination?
You may be experiencing privilege-ism. Privilege-ism is when someone hurts, humiliates, intimidates, offends or treats you less favourably based on or because of your privilege.
Privilege is often intersectional. This means that if you are privileged, for example, because you are white, you may also experience the privilege of being wealthy. The intersectionality of privilege means you may be at an increased risk of experiencing privilege-ism, or discrimination based on your privilege.
When people tell you to stop discriminating against others more disadvantaged than you, you should not listen to them. If you see someone else being attacked for their privilege, you should stand up for them and support them.
Remind the perpetrator of their privilege bias and assist them to realise that not all privileged persons are the same. If the perpetrator is someone you know, consider sending them short, to-the-point articles about privileged people who have contributed something to the community.
You may even want to share your own lived experience, but do not feel pressured to do so. Remember, you do not owe perpetrators of privilege-ism any more emotional labour than you have already spent trying to get through life as an oppressed privileged person.
If narrative tactics fail to enliven empathy in the privilege-ist you are trying to convince, you may wish to share some statistics or reputable studies about the growing rates of privilege-ism and its impacts on individuals and the wider community. For some, numbers speak louder than words.
Together, we can stamp out privilege-ism and maintain the status quo of our wonderful, homogenous, white-supremacist-patriarchal-heteronormative-capitalist-imperialist society.
Jessie Fernandez is a final year student who is almost certainly convinced that the De Minimis staff are trolling the comments to increase traffic, but was nevertheless inspired by the irony of said comments.
#notallprivileged #notallmen #notallwhitepeople #notallcisgendered #notallcops #notallceos #notallmlsstudents #notallprivateschoolstudents #notalltrumps
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