Examining Our Privilege

Something we encourage all people doing social change work to do is examine their own privilege(s) and how it effects how their relationships. Check out this youth created and produced video about first world ‘problems’.

Note: the ‘first world’ is a term used for ‘developed’ or ‘industrialized’ nations. The counter is usually the ‘third world’ which refers to ‘developing’ nations. Another great exercise for examining racial privilege is Peggy McIntosh’s “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack“. Also a great place for starting conversations on intersections of oppression and racism.

What privileges do you have? In what ways does society make life easier for you due to your race, class, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, education level, gender identity, etc?

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