The Daily Praxis: Recognize Your Privilege
Recognize Your Privilege (Vulnerability) -
“Becoming aware of privilege should not be viewed as a burden, or source of guilt, but rather an opportunity to learn and be responsible, so that we may work toward a more just and inclusive world.” - Unknown, University of San Francisco
We’ve been unpacking and emptying privilege this week. Part of doing our work around privilege (and access) is to be able to recognize it within ourselves, even when it feels like we don’t have it. For this it’s important to understand how intersectionality works and applies.
We’ll explore the concept of intersectionality more next week; for today just think about yourself as a full, whole, and complex being -- you hold multiple identities. Some of those identities likely hold privilege. Sit with that (the privilege we hold) today. For instance, I recognize that I’m able bodied, proficient in English, am college educated, and have United States citizenship. Those parts of my identity afford me access and privilege, even though I also hold other, more marginalized, identities.
Today, let’s challenge ourselves to recognize that we hold privilege &/or access, as an important part of our practice.