The Reality Of Privilege

The Reality Of Privilege

You win some, you lose some.

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Privilege is not an easy thing to acknowledge because of the fact that it undermines others. We all have privilege one way or another and unfortunately, many of us do not realize it which does not lead towards a positive change in society.

Society has segregated us with the creation of social constructs and have made humanity a competition of survival of the fittest.

It wasn't until I got into college that I thoroughly learned about privilege. In community college I took a course titled 'Sociology of Gender' in which we dove into intersectional feminism and discussed the topic of privilege in relation to it. I learned that intersectional feminism allows for privilege to be acknowledged and promotes it to be used as advantage to help those who lack it.

This class really had me thinking about my own privilege and how I can use it to help those who lack the privilege that I have and fight to receive more resources even when I am not fully privileged.

In this Westernized society, the most privileged individual is a white, attractive, fit, straight, able-bodied, and wealthy, Christian male. I lack most of those privileges as a white-passing, relatively attractive, not quite fit, straight, able-bodied, poor, Catholic female. Even though I am not the most privileged person in this world, I am aware that others have it worse than me. Being aware of my own privilege has allowed me to take initiative and be open minded.

In this political era that exists currently in the United States, I am sometimes get scared say I am Mexican since I lack the privilege of being a citizen but I am white-passing so I have never gotten yelled at by a racist twat telling me "to go back to my country". Those who have gotten harassed by those racist remarks are most likely citizens of this country and do not deserve to feel unwanted nor less of a human because they have darker melanin or speak another language. Instances like these have made me feel like I deserve those comments more because I am privileged to be white passing and am able to speak perfect English.

Privilege has made me realize that I need to step up to the plate to the social issues that affect my livelihood and my community. I never want to ever again feel harassed and be undermined because of my status in this country, my gender, my religion, my physical appearance, my economic status but it is impossible to dodge those bullets with this political era.

Go vote and use your privilege to become educated and help those around you.

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La Historia Y El Significado De La Bandera Mexicana

Datos interesantes sobre la bandera tricolor.
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Uno de los símbolos patrios de México es la bandera, la cual nos impulsa a luchar por la libertad, democracia y la justicia. La bandera de México es una causa de orgullo para los mexicanos y nos mantiene unidos en donde quiera que estemos. Nuestra bandera tricolor representa lo hermoso y poderoso que es ser mexicano.

Al principio del año de 1821, la bandera de México adoptada por Agustín de Iturbide tenía tres rayas inclinadas y tres estrellas.

Algunos meses después, la bandera se modificó de nuevo, pero aún era muy similar a la primera.

En noviembre de 1821, se adoptó la tercera bandera donde las rayas eran verticales y por primera vez apareció el águila en el centro.

El escudo de la bandera simboliza la leyenda que el dios Huitzilopochtli ordeno a un grupo de mexicas de Aztlán que fueran a nuevas tierras. Les dijo que solo fundarían su reino donde estuviera un águila posada sobre un nopal devorando a una serpiente.

La actual bandera, llamada la Cuarta Bandera Nacional ya que existan varias modificaciones, fue adoptada el 16 de septiembre de 1968. Para poder apreciar la bandera tricolor en su totalidad, es importante conocer el significado de los colores y símbolos. Originalmente el verde representaba la libertad y la independencia obtenida por el pueblo mexicano, el blanco representaba la religión y el rojo la unión. Hoy en día, el verde simboliza la esperanza, el blanco la unidad y el rojo la sangre de los héroes nacionales. Al centro de la bandera, se encuentra el Escudo Nacional. Este lleva un águila real posada en un nopal devorando a una serpiente.


Un dato interesante sobre la bandera de México es que en el 2011 obtuvo un Record Guinness al ser la bandera más grande volando. La bandera se encuentra en Piedras Negras, Coahuila y pesa alrededor de 300 kilogramos.


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I Don't Want Your Apology For Saying The N-Word, I Want You To Stop Saying It

Are you actually sorry for your actions or is it just normal to apologize?

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The word sorry just doesn't hold as much meaning as it used to me feel like.

When we were younger we used to apologize for hitting another kid or if you knocked down a kid at recess. One of the definitions for sorry was "feeling distressed, especially through sympathy with someone else's misfortune." The other definition they had stated "feeling regret or penitence."

I don't know about you guys but I have been one to apologize a lot, heck I even say sorry when I don't notice someone behind me when the door closes behind me. Now we're going to turn the tables BIG time and how when people think it's OK to say the N-word jokingly and then notice I am in the room and apologize.

Heck yes, we are going to talk about this.

When apologizing to someone to you truly mean it or do you just say it because you're used to immediately apologizing because that is the normal thing to do? If you were truly apologizing you'd give reason to it, but people just say sorry to get out of an argument or even avoid one. If you think someone is mad at you, you don't even bother really asking what happened you just apologized to avoid the confrontation.

Call me crazy but sometimes some good old confrontation is just what the doctor ordered. You could be having all these pent-up feelings and emotions that sorry just won't patch up. Even if it does patch them up, imagine that it's a bandage and you just got in the shower, now the bandage is useless and to me that how I see the word sorry!

That is personally just me because people have apologized (including myself) and saying sorry really isn't crap anymore. I have got to the point where people say sorry I say, "you really aren't sorry." Depending on the situation if you were sorry you would not have done whatever it is in the first place.

Now, if that isn't a hard pill to swallow, then I don't know what is.

Now if you are apologizing to someone for their misfortune that is an entire different situation in which the sorry could be sincere, which I hope it is and you are being a heartless witch and if you are, then you need to step back and get it together because at that point you're being rude and shouldn't be around that person, to begin with.

Now, the "N" word. Let's get awkward, shall we? People say a lot "Oh, I would never say that around you." Keywords there you guys is "around you." PLEASE tell me why you wouldn't say it around me? Oh, I know why, because you don't want to hurt my feelings right? Exactly my point. You won't say the word around me but you have your group messages named things like "My N****s" or something like that, am I right? I know I'm right because I've seen it. People have shown me their phones and a group message will pop up on their phone or their Snapchat and I will see it and they will say sorry.

No, if you were sorry you wouldn't have named the group chat that.

You are apologizing because you ASSUME that I'll go off on you or you hurt my feelings. The N-word came from the eighth century as an adaptation of the Spanish "negro." By the mid-20th century, it was used as an unambiguously racist insult. Basically, the entire point of this is that it is DISRESPECTFUL. Even when you say "Oh, my black friend so-and-so" like yes, I am black, thanks for telling me as if I didn't know? I find it very funny that people are SO quick to defend their friends of color when someone else might call them or use the N-word but are even quicker to use it when they aren't around. Being black already makes us stand out enough we don't need people calling us racial slurs on top of it. We have names, try using them once in a while and stop apologizing for things you aren't sorry for.

The whole point of this was to show you what "sorry" can really mean or not mean in some circumstances.

Next time you think something might hurt someone, take a look in the mirror and try to put them in your shoes. This is something we all need to practice. I find myself saying sorry for things that I don't really think about much either.

"If you have no critics you'll likely have no success" — Malcolm X
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