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Sun Mar 31, 2013, 10:26 PM

As a white christian male I don't feel privileged by any means [View all]

It is often astonishing that people can make such broad assumptions, but I suppose it is human nature to assume the grass is greener on the other side. Most people when I talk to don't even know I was born and raised as a Christian. People don't treat me differently if I point it out frankly, because they know me Harmony Blue first and foremost not that I am Christian. My father was white and my mother is white, and yet I grew up in a very diverse part of southern Los Angeles county. So, diverse I would say that I was only a handful of students that was white at the elementrary school I attended. My classmates didn't treat me differently as I was Harmony Blue their good friend and classmate. Whether in class or the playground, us kids simply didn't see it as one having privilege over another or being discriminated against based on race or gender. As a child I grew up in a environment where being white I was a minority, so when I discovered that was not so it was a culture shock from my view. Still, I was aware that discrimination was real as I pretty much lived, and witnessed the L.A. riots. But to my friends I was still Harmony blue and my friends were friends. My age group is the first wave of millennials where we don't see gender or race/ethnicity differences. My age group (I was born in 83) also is sadly called "Reagan babies" which doesn't feel like a privilege at all! Anyways, my age group saw the transition our world made with the fall of Berlin Wall, the live footage of Apache's firing Hellfire's with Desert Storm and the coming of age of the Internet.

In high school most of my class mates in honors classes were female and we often worked on many projects (stock market buying and selling) and I didn't think less of my classmates because of gender. I didn't feel more privileged over my female colleagues in class as we all earned the same grade on the assignments we worked on. With regards to tests I didn't always fair better than my female class mates. It was simply on merit and ideas.

Both my parents worked, as did my grand parents. In my family, and culture, traditional gender roles were not so clear as my grandmother was often tasked with raising and culling the farm animals while my grandfather was the one who did the farming and gathering. My mother worked just as many hours as my father did, and as a result,traditional gender roles I never grew up with. Sometimes, my mother cooked and sometimes my father did the cooking. If my mother was at work my father would do the cleaning and vice versa. It was a team effort, and it wasn't about gender roles as I was taught to do all the tasks (cleaning dishes, vacuuming, yard work). My parents taught me to be as gender neutral as possible because my father's parents were this way. My mother was raised only by her mother. But my mother's mom pretty much had to take on both gender roles of going to work multiple jobs and work at home which is what many single parents face.

Advocacy right groups lecturing/talking down to us or pointing out some type of privilege one group has over another simply doesn't resonate with my age group or the younger millennials. It is almost futile as they grew up with a world enlightened by the internet where gender, race, ethnicity, or even disability, is almost impossible to discern. These advocacy groups were forged in different times, but with the internet I think they are having a hard time adapting or understanding how connected the younger generation is to the internet. Basically, what matters is the ideas, merits and words spewed on the net, and that equality is more important to achieve than preaching about advocacy or perceived privilege (Millennials are turned off by religion so if it comes off as preachy forget about it lol). The internet already gives a glimpse of what equality looks like, so from our view being inclusively in favor of equality is what it is all about. Advocacy about some system holding down a minority or privilege of a majority simply misses the mark with anyone 30 years or younger. If you want to beat that drum, you can, but it isn't having the effect desired as we are after all in a brave new world with the internet.

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