What is Privilege?

As this blog discusses social justice and how it intersects with food, it is important to recognize what privilege is and how we can use it to help others.

Privilege is a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group.

This can include, but isn’t limited to:

  • Racial privilege
  • Male privilege
  • Cisgender privilege
  • Heterosexual privilege
  • Socioeconomic privilege
  • Able-bodied¬†privilege
  • Educational privilege

Here are some resources to enhance your understanding of privilege:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD5f8GuNuGQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvlEVEW1Sp8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrHIQIO_bdQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTDikx-maoM&t=151s
https://guides.rider.edu/c.php?g=926249&p=6675690
https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/diversity-and-social-justice/social-justice/understanding-race-and-privilege
https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/fall-2018/what-is-white-privilege-really
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/magazine/white-men-privilege.html

Okay, I understand what privilege is. What can I do about it?

  1. Recognize your privilege. This step will be a LONG process. Know that you will need to keep learning in your journey for social justice.
  2. Start learning about experiences of underprivileged people. Read individual stories and learn about systemic injustices.
  3. Use your privilege to speak and act. Voice your concerns about injustices, ask questions and amplify voices. Sign petitions and donate money to organizations that actively fight against injustices. There are many ways to use your privilege to serve others.
  4. Be aware of your privilege when engaging in difficult conversations. Keep in mind that some issues may not affect you the way they affect others. Be mindful of others’ experiences in your social justice journey.

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