But it can be re-imaginedRepurposedRedirected to someplace higherThan selfish ambitionAnd self-preservation.Privilege is much moreThan a set of advantages,Or immunity from strugglesThat cripple others-It is a posture,A frame of mindThat keeps an individual from flinchingIn the face of authorityAnd gives respite from the disturbing calmnessOf accepting the unacceptable.Privilege, you see,Is persistent and multifacetedIt refuses to be […]Read more "Privilege cannot be undone"
Privilege does not necessarily make us foolsBut it easily can.Not because it dimishes our intellectOr erodes our common sense,But because our advantagesHave simplified our daily experiences,Reducing the enormity of lifeTo bite-size chunks,Taming our existence,Shielding us from harsh realitiesThat others know as commonplace.These are not sins to repent ofOr blessings to overlook,But a lens to be […]Read more "Privileged fools"
Are often not the onesBest positioned to see everythingFor what it really is-Like a person who’s never goneWithout light,Straining and struggling to seeIn the darkness,For their eyes are not accustomedTo the experience of thoseWho live in the shadows.Yet their privilege gives them powerThat no one else has,To change the order of things,To make the room […]Read more "The privileged ones"
Is often code name for something else, Or at least a blanket phrase for a number things: Poor communication skills such as the inability to articulate what you can and cannot do, Overstated ambition, where, in fear of being underestimated you take a bite of more than you can actually chew, Or good old fashioned […]Read more "Incompetence?"
The trouble with the narrative of victimhood Particularly when it comes to feelings of being discriminated against, Is that it tends to over-simplify the circumstances That play out. Creating perfectly innocent victims and unforgivably selfish villains And often downplaying inconvenient truths Or exaggerating offences. Its not there really aren’t uneven scales at play Or that […]Read more "Narrative"
There is a peculiar kind of defensiveness That comes when someone suggests that you are a part of the problem. A sense of disbelief that anyone would think that lowly of you And would even hint at the fact That you are somehow participating in unsavory things like Systemic racism, inequality and sexism. Its a […]Read more "Part of the problem"
The only black kid graduating in the class. The one woman in senior management. The outlier, the exception They’ve worked so hard, They’ve done so well The numbers speak for themselves- They are a cut above the rest. The only one from a rough background to ever make it The only female to ever make […]Read more "Pioneer or Token?"