This is an exhausted reflection from keeping myself up-to-date on world news this past week.
American privilege is being able to criticize the current and past government structure and power holders without risking imprisonment or death (but probably means you will be more closely monitored in your activities). It is the power to note the social inequities and injustices rampant in our society.
American privilege is not having to fear that your children will be stolen and sold into slavery, or worse.
American privilege is living life without risk of a military attack, except from our own militarized police forces.
American privilege is being able to have a dialogue about inequality for women and POC. It is the ability to raise a voice against prejudice across a broad spectrum and fight the naysayers who would keep the status quo. Others are not able to even speak about these issues.
American privilege is being able to work long, difficult hours and actually have half a chance of getting ahead financially.
American privilege is loudly complaining that Starbucks is no longer carrying your favorite beverage and actually having other people sympathize with you, when the person across the street has to choose between groceries or the electric bill and the person across the world is starving to death.
American privilege is being able to choose whether or not to live a healthy, fulfilling life. It means we can grow or stagnate as we desire.
It is easy to forget that we do live a privileged life compared to many others in the world. It is so easy to get wrapped up in our daily woes and cultural noise and lose sight of the bigger picture. There should perhaps be more of a sense of responsibility to use our American privileges to push the boundaries for those who can’t push for themselves.