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    • Response to What Is Privilege?:
      Quixotic

      Having privilege isn’t the same thing as having a happy or successful life. What having privilege means here is that you didn’t have to worry about the consequences of not having enough money to live. It doesn’t mean that having enough money made you happy. It just means that there are certain things, like being evicted or going hungry, that you probably didn’t have to worry about.

    • Response to What Is Privilege?:
      Quixotic

      There are a lot of types of privilege, and having privilege doesn’t mean that your life is easy or that you don’t lack privilege in other areas. Having privilege in a particular area means that you aren’t at a disadvantage in that aspect, not that you’re highly privileged in general. For example, I know that as a white person in the U.S., I generally don’t have to worry about being profiled or treated with suspicion because of my race, and that racial discrimination isn’t something I have to worry about much. This is white privilege. But there are certainly plenty of black people out there who have types of privilege that I don’t have, and who may have easier lives than I do. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have white privilege or that they don’t lack it. It just means that maybe those individuals happen to have economic privilege or gender/sexuality-related privilege that I don’t have. So yes, being white makes you privileged in that one sense. But you probably lack privilege in other aspects of your life.

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