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Examining unexamined privilege

Examining unexamined privilege

David Creech is aware of his own privilege, and how little he has done to earn it. In a new blog post at Dying Sparrows, he writes:

Often, those who are privileged are active participants in a system that keeps people marginalized, and in the worst cases poor and hungry. I hate the injustice of it all and I want to see it change.

And yet, because I too participate in the system, I am complicit. But I sure don’t know how I ought to respond. Ostensibly I am in a position that can help change an unjust system. But I feel so powerless against the marginalizing forces that I participate in. I often try to listen and amplify voices from the margins. Sometimes I chime in. Other than that I am mostly a passive (and sometimes active) participant.

What about you? How do you respond to structural inequality?

Are you a privileged person? Are you complicit in systems that oppress others? (Who isn’t, really?) How do you respond to David’s questions?


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Jim Naughton

Speaking of this:

Study Finds White Americans Believe They Experience More Racism Than African Americans

Paul Woodrum

Is ‘privileged’ a euphemism for ‘white?’ Not much many of us can do about that except proclaim our self-righteousness in all we do for those who aren’t. Salvation by works. Now there’s a ticket. But what’s the destination?

Erin Garlock

I would consider myself a privileged person. I would say that I am not complicit in systems that oppress others when I am aware of them. I help the poor and hungry on the streets, work our church’s food pantry, and no longer shop at obviously exploitative companies. I also volunteer professional services. All that being said, my view is that I can’t always change things or fix the problems, but I can be a Christian and a humanitarian at all times.

I recommend reading

“Humanitarian Jesus: Social Justice and the Cross” by Christian Buckley & Ryan Dobson.

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