Privilege? What Is Privilege?

As shamelessly stolen from Knuckledraggin’:

What is privilege?....

Privilege is wearing $200 sneakers when you’ve never had a job.

Privilege is wearing $300 Beats headphones while living on public assistance.

Privilege is having a smart phone with a data plan for which you receive no bill.

Privilege is living in subsidized public housing where you don’t have a water bill, where rising property taxes and rents and energy costs have absolutely no effect on the amount of food you can put on the table.

Privilege is the ability to go march against and protest against anything that triggers you without worrying about calling out of work and the consequences that accompany such behavior.

Privilege is having as many children as you want, regardless of your employment status, and being able to send them off to daycare or school you don’t pay for.

Pretty harsh, right? But not untruthful. But we can’t forget the other side of the above listed privileges, can we?

Here’s my additions to that list.

Privilege is you and your kids sleeping on the floor because it’s too dangerous to sleep in a bed or on a couch because a stray bullet fired by the local gangbangers might come though the window or wall and wound or kill whoever is sleeping there.

Privilege is being accosted or beaten for working hard so you can get out of your dangerous neighborhood, i.e. for “acting too white”.

Privilege is being egregiously lied to by your ‘alleged’ leaders about how the problems in your neighborhood will be solved if you elect them/give them money/support their organization when what they are really doing is making sure you stay put so they can stay in power. Oh, and things only get worse once you’ve done so.

Privilege is being forced to send your kids to substandard and underfunded schools that are more like a babysitting service rather than an institution of learning, and what learning they do receive won’t prepare them for the real world.

Privilege is being told you can’t get ahead without the helping hand of your ‘betters’, but that helping hand is only holding you back.

Privilege is being told all your problems are caused by racism, but the very folks telling you that are choosing to ignore that many of those problems are caused by your poor choices fomented and encouraged by those same people.

I could go on and on, adding to both lists of ‘privileges’. You get the idea.