The Case for Privilege - Why Being Privileged is Not a Bad Thing
We all have some privilege, whether we realize it or not.
“Privilege is not in and of itself bad; what matters is what we do with privilege. I want to live in a world where all women have access to education, and all women can earn PhD’s, if they so desire. Privilege does not have to be negative, but we have to share our resources and take direction about how to use our privilege in ways that empower those who lack it.” —Bell Hooks
The word “privilege” has taken on a negative connotation in today’s society. It can be challenging to have a constructive dialogue about it when people are quick to label others as “bad.”
But what exactly is privilege? And why is it seen as a bad thing?
Webster’s dictionary defines privilege as “a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor.” In other words, privilege is a set of advantages that someone has.
For example, being born into a wealthy family is a privilege. Having parents who are college educated is another form of privilege. Being white is a form of privilege. E…