The Meaning of Privilege

Posted on October 27th, 2020 by lbrown
Here is Day 3 of the 21 Day Equity Challenge!  The “What is Privilege” video is a simple and concrete metaphor that can spark conversation with students and colleagues.  For a deeper exploration of privilege, check out the personal privilege profile.


DAY 3: The Meaning of Privilege
It’s time to talk privilege. The idea of privilege can be divisive, but at the core it means a built-in advantage, immunity, or benefit that a person or group enjoys beyond what others have access to or experience. Most everyone can identify at least one privilege that they hold; examples may include ability status, education level, wealth, gender identity, job status, marital status, the community that you live in, and more.
There are different levels and layers of privilege in our society. The experiments in the following videos show how people identify their privileges and how each privilege interacts to create levels of “status” that move some people ahead and keep others behind.
Consider the self-reflection questions and activities to identify ways that you could use your privilege to promote racial equity and justice in our community.
Option 1: Watch this “What is Privilege” video
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Questions to Consider for Self-Reflection:
  • What did you notice about your personal reactions while reading and viewing today’s material? What do these reactions tell you about your experiences?
  • Looking at the community where you grew up or where you are currently living, what do you notice about how privilege and marginalization have shaped the community and your opportunities?
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