Privilege and Fractures

Privilege is defined as “a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group”.

As a white-skinned man, you have always been granted the privilege to “sit at the counter”, drink from a water fountain, live in the better neighborhoods, be given credit for some degree of intelligence, admitted to the school of your choice, enter in the business of your choice, ride in the front of the bus, vote for the candidate of your choice. Women have had to fight hard for these privileges. People of color have had to fight harder for these privileges.

Even today, when equality is purportedly granted to all, some experience much more privilege than others.

As a wealthy white man, you have always had more privileges than those of a lower “class” or income group. As a wealthy man, you have always had the privilege of being able to hire the “best” in any field – which often directly affects the end result – think O.J. Simpson. As a wealthy man, you can “buy” your way into the most elite groups, influence those who have power, control the outcome of many situations. As a wealthy white woman, you have had to work hard to have the right to claim wealth as your own, to be in control of your property and your life. As a person of color, you have had to work even harder for those privileges, those rights.

We are called the “United States of America”. The states may be joined into a united entity, but the people of the states seem to be less united – fractured. Driven apart by beliefs, beliefs that are influenced by those with power, with wealth, with influence. Those with power and influence appear to thrive on creating and enlarging those fractures, feeding into the frenzy of our frustrations, our feelings of not being heard. Rather than working to unite us, to heal the fractures, those in power seem to be concerned only for obtaining more power, more control.

Our government has been fractured for some time, and seems to be growing more so. Our government seems to be more intent on working for a political party than for its people. Our government seems to be more intent upon gaining more privileges, playing up to those with wealth, power, influence than gaining more privileges, wealth, power and influence for the “common” man.

Does the inequality of privilege create the fractures?

Does the greed for power and influence grow the inequality and the fractures?

The people of this country used to disagree, but we didn’t fracture.

The people of this country used to experience less distance between the “classes”. There was once a middle class – not just the upper or upper upper and lower classes.

We used to be more united. Less fractured.

I long for the day we again see our country united and an equality in privileges. For the day we gain privileges because we deserve them without regard to skin color, not because we can buy them.

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21 Responses to Privilege and Fractures

  1. Textricator says:

    This too shall pass, Carol. Hopefully sooner than later.

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  2. Lisa says:

    As long as our government (both parties) insist on putting agendas and power over what’s best, we will be a nation fractured. The problem is identifying who they are since their they couch their words and phrases in such a way as to deliberately mislead the masses. Yes, gone are the days where people could disagree and still find common ground on issues. The blatant disrespect for anyone who disagrees with our opinions has been happening for a number of years. Social media has had a hand in this, but attitudes have changed as well. I don’t see it ending with any change in Washington.

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  3. Ally Bean says:

    Well said. It’s ‘we the people’ not ‘us versus them the people.’ Difficult to get that idea across to those who enjoy the divisiveness and are in power.

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  4. Here’s what I hope for:

    ““Enlightenment is recognizing that we are all connected, then consciously living that realization—our thoughts, words, and actions an unshakable reflection of that understanding.” —Laurie Buchanan

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  6. Carol, another great blog, and hits the division on the head…fractured.Some days I feel hopeful, and others I have doubts.

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  7. Reblogged this on that little voice and commented:
    Carol at Wanderings of an Elusive Mind has done a great job of explaining the problems facing our country…and it starts with the haves afraid they will lose something vs. the have nots who are struggling with the long-held belief that upward mobillity is possible. https://cjvl.wordpress.com/2019/04/11/privilege-and-fractures/#comment-11592

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  9. That was a very good read, well presented. Yes, I think the gap is widening between the upper and lower classes, and the middle class is being squeezed out of existence.

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  10. Reblogged this on Peter's pondering and commented:
    Carol at Wanderings of an Elusive Mind has done a great job of explaining the problems facing The United States of America…and it starts with the haves, afraid they will lose something, vs. the have nots, who are struggling with the long-held belief that upward mobility is possible. This applies equally to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Interesting to note that UNITED appears in both country titles, but fails to appear in everyday living!
    Thanks to Margo at https://margosviews.wordpress.com for her initial re blog of this post.

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  11. Robin says:

    I love Laurie’s comment. If we don’t wake up to the realization that everything is connected, including all of us humans, it might not go well for any of the inhabitants of this planet. I still have hope that somehow we’ll manage it.

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  12. United and privileged and waging war cross half the globe 🌎.

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  13. Robert says:

    Excellent writing and seriously the truth! Unfortunately when some people/organizations of color gain power or privilege they reverse and do the same thing to others that was imposed upon them. Finally attaining what was desired made them forget the struggle others are still having. Yes, I’m a black man and I live in a city with a high black population. Equally should be more about everyone being treated right, fairly then about everyone achieving power or privilege.

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  14. Laura says:

    An excellent post, Carol. I think “I long for the day we again see our country united and an equality in privileges” is a goal worth working toward, I just don’t know that it’s something we’ve ever had. Not truly. How amazing would it be if there were genuine equity here?

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  15. dawnkinster says:

    I hate hitting ‘like’ on this because I hate that there are people disenfranchised and others that have no idea what that is like, and never will. And I kind of hate that I don’t fully understand what it’s like either, because I, too, have had a privileged life, though as a kid I didn’t think we did. My eyes are starting to open, but I don’t know if I can ever understand totally because I don’t live a life of fear or hunger or pain. At least not to the extent some do. And yes, I think greed makes this all worse, no question.

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    • Carol says:

      Perhaps recognizing that our lives are privileged, that there are others who have less, that speaking out in the hopes of awakening the hearts of others is the best we can do.

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  16. leendadll says:

    when people used to regard our country as “superior”, I often thought about how young it is and that we hadn’t had time to go through the growing pains which other nations have experienced. i feel that’s what we’re doing now. i hope we manage it more peacefully that seems possible at this moment.

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