I Need to Check My Privilege

OK, I suppose in order to do that, I need to understand where privilege comes from, or how someone gets a privilege.


Let’s see now.  The privilege of having a Super Bowl ring comes from being on a team that won the Superbowl. (Is it OK for me to say Super Bowl, or do I have to say “The Big Game”?)  So therefore, privilege comes from being the best at something, or even merely from being part of a group that was best at something, and often, the groundwork was laid down by that group, long before any individuals that enjoy that privilege were around to be part of that group.


How else might someone be able to enjoy a privilege?  The privilege of having a driver’s license comes from understanding the rules of the road, paying the fee, and obeying the law once that privilege is obtained. Behaving yourself is one way of getting and keeping a privilege.


How else might someone or a group of people be entitled to a certain privilege?  I know!  By being first, like winning a race.  Coming in first at the Daytona 500 means you get the privilege of having all the fame and fortune that goes with that.  You know, I would imagine that being first to be on a certain piece of unclaimed land entitles you to the privilege of calling that land yours. Right?  At that point, your only responsibility is defending it from foreign invaders who can rightfully take it away from you if they have the strength to do so, and the whole world agrees with me on this since I have seen no worldwide effort to reverse the effects of all of history’s wars.


“I know where you’re going with this.”


No, you don’t, Mr Liberal, who speaks in italics.


This land is your and, this land is my land,
  because the Europeans
 got here before the Indians.
 From California,
 to the New York island.
 This land was made for you and me.


image found at: Free North Carolina


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Ha, ha!  Looks like the Europeans beat everyone else here by about 4000 years!  They’d still be here too, if it wasn’t for the genocide and disease brought by the invaders from Asia that came over some 40 centuries later.


No matter how you look at it, white Europeans got this land, fair and square.  Like with everything else, they earned that privilege, for all of us, including our founding fathers who were gracious enough to grant that privilege to all free people, and unlike most other countries, America didn’t think that went far enough, so we fought a great war with ourselves to make sure that all people were free.  What other country did that?


Americans of European descent have the privilege of having absolutely nothing to feel guilty or be ashamed about.

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