Acknowledge Your Privilege

Acknowledge Your Privilege

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In the wake of the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, there has been an outpouring of discussion about human privilege in the United States. Most conversations have turned into arguments affirming or denying the existence of white privilege. White privilege is a Westernized societal privilege that benefits people who racially identify as white. While is is unfair and unjust for one individual to have privilege over another just because of the way they were born- is an unfair and unjust phenomenon, denying it is far worse. As a white person, I fully acknowledge my privilege. I have never feared I would be victim of violence due to my race. I have never been the only white person in a room. I have never been called a racial slur. This fear and isolation leads to racial oppression. My privilege keeps me from ever experiencing an injustice of this magnitude.

Historically, straight, white, wealthy, anglo-saxon, Protestant men have made up the majority of Congress. They are the political elites running our country. It should be no surprise why society normalizes identities of gender, sexuality, race, religion, economic opportunity, and disabilities to coincide with that of the majority. If you do not fit within what is socially acceptable, you are put at a disadvantage.

Privilege expands beyond race. If you are a man, you experience privilege. Society allows you to take up more space. You are likely to never experience slut shaming, cat calling, or sexual harassment. You are less likely to be victim of revenge pornography, sexual assault, or stalking. If you are raped, if is unlikely that you will experience victim blaming because of what you were wearing. It is unlikely that you will be told you were "asking for it". It is unlikely that you will ever feel unsafe because of your gender. You will never be paid less than your opposite gender counterpart for doing the same job.

If you have never been discriminated against because of your gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, income, or mental or physical disability- you experience great privilege. With privilege comes responsibility. You must not overshadow the voices of marginalized groups. You must acknowledge your opportunities and societal benefits and use them to raise up those who are oppressed.

BuzzFeed recently created a quiz to measure your level of privilege on a scale of 0/100. I encourage you to take the quiz and use your results to determine how you should alter the space you occupy in society to coincide with the privilege you maintain simply by living.

Take the Quiz: https://www.buzzfeed.com/regajha/how-privileged-ar...



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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.
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I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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The Electoral College Is Collapsing And Taking America With It

The electoral college is how America has elected Presidents for centuries, and it's falling apart.

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If you don't know what the electoral college is, you might want to revisit your U.S. history teacher. The Electoral College was created in the 19th century to create a cushion between us citizens and the election of a president.

See, there were these federalist dudes that were so afraid of tyranny that they did as much as they could to create obstructions before America fell into the hands of the all-mighty powerful.

Well sorry to disappoint you Hamilton, but we are already there. President Trump literally leads a spiral of tyrannical destruction which means our only hope lays in the hand of the democratic party. Thing is: they're still salty from 2016 and want to abolish the electoral college. (Yes, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, I'm talking about you.)

We're a little screwed.

The electoral college is how they, the Democrats, lost in 2016. Hillary Clinton had the popular vote, but with the way the electoral college is, Donald Trump won.

The electoral college is a certain number of votes per state based on population, no less than three, that represent the state in voting for president of the United States. Here's the kicker: it's a winner take all system, for 48 states.

Basically, if 51% of State A voted for Trump, then 100% of the electoral college of State A voted for Trump. The electoral college favors smaller states overrepresenting them which means miscalculating an election winner.

Democrats are salty and anti-Trump conservatives want him gone without putting a far-left liberal as president (*cough* Bernie).

When you scratch the surface of how useless the electoral college is, you get to see some of the benefits of what our founding fathers were thinking. Sure, it supports a dominant two-party system, but geographically speaking, smaller rural states that wouldn't have a voice without it get one.

Also, bigger states don't have to deal with the sh*tshow of processing ballot, possible voter fraud, run-offs, and more of the unwanted stuff.

The electoral college may be flawed but it's also essential to our democracy — yet so many Democrats want to abolish it.

The electoral college is falling apart and so is America.

Our bipartisanship has broken away over the years, and if we want to save our country, we must learn to work together. We must fix it not throw it away.

This means the great candidates running for office in the Democratic Party must work together, not against each other, in choosing the front-runner to go up against our tyrannical president to win the electoral college, not just popular vote.

However, in the end, whether we are Democrat, Republican, or independent, we are all on team USA.

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