What Is Privilege

Privilege is...

Something we all have, but don't acknowledge.

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Privilege is...

being able to replace the color cartridge in your printer or

being able to tag your best friend in stupid Facebook memes or

being able to reach for another roll of toilet paper when one is finished or

being able to spend your time on asos.com to see what homecoming dress you want or

being able to complain about how you went to Lucille's Steakhouse last month and you're fed up with steak or

being able to buy a new charger for your iPhone X or

being able to afford and wear contacts or

bring able to worry about what your Snapchat "streaks" are going to be for the day or

being able to have time to sleepover at Trish's house next week or

being able to get those golden ombre acrylics you wanted next month or

being able to take your girlfriend to Shake Shack after the game or

being able to download word on your MacBook Pro or

being able to get an F on a test and never think about it twice or

being able to play sports outside of school or

being able to have three full meals a day or

being able to never worry about whether your telephone is going to get cut off or not or

being able to change the settings on your AC to "heat" or "cold" depending on the season or

being able to get picked up right after school or

being able to enjoy a packed lunch every day at 12 pm or

being able to check whether Brian liked your Instagram post or not or

being able to go run for an hour at the gym or

being able to enjoy pasta and salad with both of your parents and siblings at 7 pm on the dinner table or

being able to watch whether the Celtics won last night or the Warriors or

being able to rant to Wendy about your problem with frozen yogurt without having to worry about the number of texts you send

because not everyone can do these things.

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Being the daughter of two immigrant parents, living through struggles, and constantly being able to not relate to stereotypical truths and American society, it was always a pain to hear my parents say "no" or "We don't have money for that" or "You don't need it." My parents came from a background of hard work and labor which proved for them to equal success. It took me a while to realize the same things my parents give me--the simplest of things like notebooks--is something others preserve page by page. Privilege is something we all have but don't acknowledge.

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September 21, 2018

Author's Note: This article doesn't define privilege, rather gives scenarios that all people may not be able to relate to, especially since this was written from the perspective of an Indian American. This article may not be relatable for everyone. I addressed privilege as a way of life in the first world country rather than something more.

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What Does Equality Mean To America?

Does America truly have the equality it preaches?
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Equality is a right given to all the citizens of the United States of America, and the quote “all men are created equal” was a central idea in the Declaration of Independence, one of the most influential documents in our country’s history. Equality is everyone having the same fundamental rights, no matter the circumstance. Equality is everyone having the same worth. Although equality is a key tenet dating back to the founding of our country, it is not fully honored, even to this day. Many minority groups do not receive complete equality, both economically and socially. Equality is a lofty goal our country still strives toward.

We must keep continue to strive toward equality in this day in age. Already, our nation has progressed. We have given all citizens the right to vote, the rights to many basic freedoms citizens of other countries simply do not possess. We have the right to free speech, more freedom than 40% of the planet. We have the right to bear arms, the right to fair trial, among numerous other freedoms.

Yet, the United States is not perfect. Social equality still has not arrived for many African Americans and Latinos, with arrest and conviction rates much higher than their white counterparts still prevalent. These minorities suffer social injustice and prejudice. Muslim Americans have oft been falsely accused and derided because of their religion. Economic equality has not been realized either, and a wage gap of 20% persists.

But, we can change this. Us as a nation must stand for equality and strive for the ideal world where everyone is equal.

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All People Should Be Aware Of The Social Injustice Regarding Difference In Skin Color

How having a different skin color means that society looks at you different.

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Do you ever sit in class and just kind of look out into the distance, and sooner or later you find yourself not paying attention and then whoops you're on your phone? Well, I did in class (don't tell my mom) but I was scrolling on Twitter and came across this tweet. It read:

"My best friend has to work TWICE as hard as I do to receive the SAME opportunities I get just because of the differences in the color of our skin. That is an issue. And shame on me for not using my voice sooner. Shame on me for not bringing attention to the subject. This isn't for clout this isn't for likes this based of the fact that I'm so PISSED OFF at the way I have seen society treat my best friend. If I call you my brother I will fight this fight with you until I am blue in the face. Don't add to the problem be apart of the solution. Skin is just skin at the end of the day people who look different than me have helped me through some of my toughest times. Open your heart to love and acceptance this is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave… let's try and act like it."

In our society, today, if you truly think that people with a different skin complexion, take a step back and really look at our world today. This guy noticed one of his very best friends, same age, has to work just as hard even harder then he does to obtain the respect and things that he deserves. In one of my classes, we talked about the "public opinion after" blacks and whites see differently.

People of color see the world in a completely different light then white people do. A white parent tells there kid to go have fun and be safe and a person of color parent says the same thing but might add be home before the street lights come on, be home before sundown something like that. I am not saying that white parents might not say that but black kids have to be more cautious about staying out in the dark after certain times. People say that a person of color is less likely to finish high school and if they do they are more likely to drop out of college, and I have heard people say that about their peers.

Now, what gives YOU the right to determine someone else's future other than your own?

The point is that people of color have to be more cautious and work twice as hard as a white person. People are held to a different standard, there is more expected out of them. They have harsher punishments than a white person. A white person can do something far worse than a person of color and the white man gets the slap on the wrist and six months and the person of color gets at least ten years. Or a person of color can do nothing at all and a white person can feel "threatened" and completely kill the person of color and never see time behind bars.

Society needs to change. People need to change and open up their eyes and see what type of world we are living in. Is it really changing or are you just picking and choosing what you want to see?

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