“A White Woman’s Wake Up Call: Coming to Terms with My Own Privilege”
Ashley Santangelo

Like you I remember hearing words like “lucky”, “fortunate”, “blessed” (before it was an Instagram hashtag from hell) to sort of convey the same thing meant by “privilege”, without really examining the social structures under it.

I think where “privilege” confuses people is that in the common usage it was associated with wealth, so middle class or poor whites hear “white privilege” and think of economic privilege, and the first reaction is “I’m not rich, I’m struggling” and then they get defensive. I don’t know if another word would make the idea come across better?

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