When we identify where our privilege intersects with somebody else’s oppression, we’ll find our opportunities to make real change.Nigerian-American author of the New York Times bestseller “So You Want to Talk About Race”
Privilege is unearned access or advantages granted to specific groups of people because of their membership in a social group. Privilege can be based on a variety of social identities such as race, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, ability status, sexuality, age, education level and more.
Privilege can be experienced on personal, interpersonal and institutional levels. The social, economic, political and psychological unearned advantages that privileged groups hold come at the expense of marginalized groups. Within the United States, members of social groups that hold privileges (white, male, wealthy, able-bodied, etc.) have historically held dominance and power over targeted groups.
Some everyday examples of privilege:
Once someone acknowledges their privilege, they can move forward in leveraging that privilege to confront societal and institutional discrimination. Some ways a person can leverage their privilege are to have brave conversations with family and friends, advocate for folks without the same privileges, and utilize bystander intervention techniques to support someone you see being harassed because of their identity.
Privilege exists across many identities that people hold. Learn about various types of privilege here. (4 minutes)
Read this article to learn what white privilege is and how it is both unconsciously enjoyed and consciously perpetuated. (10 minutes)
Read this piece to learn more about how “white privilege exists in every aspect imaginable.” (10 minutes)
Privilege can be difficult to talk about and for us to fully grasp how it shows up in society. Watch this video to better understand the types of privileges that exist and why having conversations about privilege matters. (5 minutes)