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This week’s FMF prompt is: PRIVILEGE
I wake up in the morning and don’t even feel it on my body. It clings to me, saturates the air I breathe. I’m so used to it, I don’t even smell it, don’t even taste it, don’t even see its presence sticking to my skin.
It’s only when someone else — sometimes the Holy Spirit — points it out to me that I see it . . . my privilege.
Much of it could be called White Privilege, yes. Much of it is just plain privilege. But there is nothing plain about it, despite my frequent (constant?) treatment of it as normal and unworthy of attention.
I suppose then the question becomes, “What can I do about it?”
Or perhaps more specifically, “How can I use it to serve others instead of serving myself?”
Carolina shared this quote on Twitter recently:
“If all you get out of a week of serving the poor and marginalized, learning about systemic injustices and the need for change is that you appreciate your toys more, then we’ve failed.”
I’ll admit, I’ve been that person who has been more grateful for what I have after witnessing the circumstances of those who don’t. I even wrote about it in my memoir, after being in India and Honduras. And then I stopped there.
How do I move beyond being privileged and sometimes grateful, sometimes not?
Deidra Riggs offers some suggestions in her post, 12 Essential Steps to Overcoming Your Addiction to White Privilege.
Take what you want and leave what you want, but we have to start somewhere if anything is going to change.
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