Sean Hannity provides with a textbook example of white privilege, the hallmark of which is the false assumption that my experiences define reality for everyone. He simply can’t understand why anyone would have a problem with cops, if they’d just handle things the way he does.
Sorry Sean, but what happens to rich white men driving a Mercedes is not the same thing that happens to a black man far too often. This is the essence of privilege in all its forms, the idea that since you aren’t mistreated or marginalized, no one else must be either.
Hey, I’ve never been disowned by my family, so it’s absurd to think that a gay person would be.
I don’t have to walk to my car at night with a can of mace in my hand, so what are women so uptight about?I’ve never been called a slut or a whore if I have sex with someone, or a frigid prude if I choose not to, so quit your whining, ladies.
I don’t have to worry about where my next meal is coming from, so anyone who does must be lazy and shiftless and deserving of their situation.
I don’t suffer from social anxiety or depression, so anyone who does must just be weak, and it’s all in their head anyway, amirite?
Bring privileged does not make one a bad person, but it does create an obligation that we pay attention to the experiences of those who don’t play the game of life on the easy setting. It means we need to listen more and talk less. It means we need to advocate for those who aren’t so fortunate. Failing to do so? That’s what makes you a bad person.