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Response to Harmony Blue (Original post)

Mon Apr 1, 2013, 01:03 AM

46. I'm a white Christian male, and I have privilege.

I can prove it very easily.

All I have to do is to drive my old, crappy car into a rich neighborhood. I can drive around and look at all the houses. I've done it before. Passed by cop cars. Nod and a wave, no problem. I like looking at nice houses, even if I'll never be able to afford one.

One time, I told a friend about this. He laughed and said to try it with him in the passenger seat. So I did. I got pulled over by the very first cop car I saw and was grilled about what I was doing there, etc. The cop was taken aback when, in addition to my driver's license, I showed him my university I.D. and told him I was a grad student, thanks, and took a drive because it was cheaper than a movie. Then I told him my friend was another student there, and would he like to see his university I.D., too? Oh no, no problem now. You'll surely not be shocked to hear my friend is black. When it was over, I turned to him and said, "What the hell was that all about with that cop?" He said, "Welcome to my world." Lesson learned.

Privilege is something that's easily missed, because it's not something that automatically allows you a wonderful life. But it does deflect a lot of small, crappy things that happen on a daily basis to minorities (like "driving while black") and women (like having a mechanic try to rip you off simply because you're female). My favorite science fiction author said that if life was a video game, "white male" would be the easy setting. I can't help but think it's true.

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