When Is Privilege Okay?

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    When Is Privilege Okay?

    In today's society, we hear a lot about certain groups of people having certain privileges that others don't. "White privilege" is often at hot topic of discussion. Some people point out what they believe are obvious examples of white privilege, others debate that there is no such thing, while others debate that while it may exist, it's not that big of a deal. Another form of privilege we hear about is a money privilege. In short, if you have enough money, you can buy your way out of anything. People with money are above the law, in a sense, because they can afford to pay for top-notch legal defense, or call in favors, where applicable.

    Is it okay to ignore white privilege while condemning others for taking advantage of another perceived privilege? Is one privilege better or worse than another? Does being a minority factor into whether or not it's okay to take advantage of a privilege?
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    To answer the question it should never be okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theguru View Post
    To answer the question it should never be okay.
    That's my initial thought as well, but I'd challenge that with this: What if the privilege is earned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    That's my initial thought as well, but I'd challenge that with this: What if the privilege is earned?
    No "privilege" should supersede the law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theguru View Post
    No "privilege" should supersede the law.
    Agree completely.

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    Our society is built off of privilege, assigning that privilege and using that privilege. Money and connections go a long way towards finding out what kind of privilege you have.


    I know three kids who got caught with weed in their dorm rooms. They were all selling it to other students on campus. Small time stuff, no major weight. All three had little piddly stuff on their records. One of the kids had parents with good jobs so they went and retained the lawyer that they previously used when their kid got in trouble with a DUI under the age of 20. Another of the kid’s parents knew the kid with the lawyer so they went and retained that same lawyer. The other kid came from a single home with just his mom so they had to use the public defender.

    Long story short, the kids who retained the lawyer not only got their charges dropped but they both enrolled back into the school and graduated from that college. The kid with the public defender ended up serving jail time.

    Now, I’m not sure how privilege played into that situation but having the money to hire a top notch lawyer was the major difference IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    That's my initial thought as well, but I'd challenge that with this: What if the privilege is earned?
    What would constitute an earned privilege?

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    Quote Originally Posted by theguru View Post
    No "privilege" should supersede the law.
    It’s that simple. We also learned that privilege isn’t limited. As a society we must acknowledge what’s going on and try to grow from it.

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    If you could knowingly use privilege to get ahead in life would you use it?


    I absolutely would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    What would constitute an earned privilege?
    A high paying job would be an example, assuming you actually earned that job and the salary that comes along with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    In today's society, we hear a lot about certain groups of people having certain privileges that others don't. "White privilege" is often at hot topic of discussion. Some people point out what they believe are obvious examples of white privilege, others debate that there is no such thing, while others debate that while it may exist, it's not that big of a deal. Another form of privilege we hear about is a money privilege. In short, if you have enough money, you can buy your way out of anything. People with money are above the law, in a sense, because they can afford to pay for top-notch legal defense, or call in favors, where applicable.

    Is it okay to ignore white privilege while condemning others for taking advantage of another perceived privilege? Is one privilege better or worse than another? Does being a minority factor into whether or not it's okay to take advantage of a privilege?
    To answer your question its not OK to ignore white privilege but we can no longer assume it’s limited to one group either.

    It’s one thing to inherit a million dollars and start a successful business, employee people and secure your family. It’s another to evade the law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    A high paying job would be an example, assuming you actually earned that job and the salary that comes along with it.
    I don't see a high paying job as privilege.

    Enough money can buy the siper rich out of most any trouble they get in...so if you are saying having money is a privilege, I guess I see what you are saying.

    I've had very high paying positions but all I got out of it was longer hours and more pressure...never got the privilege.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    I don't see a high paying job as privilege.

    Enough money can buy the siper rich out of most any trouble they get in...so if you are saying having money is a privilege, I guess I see what you are saying.

    I've had very high paying positions but all I got out of it was longer hours and more pressure...never got the privilege.
    The privilege of the job is the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Anthony View Post
    To answer your question its not OK to ignore white privilege but we can no longer assume it’s limited to one group either.

    It’s one thing to inherit a million dollars and start a successful business, employee people and secure your family. It’s another to evade the law.
    I don't think people assume it's limited to one group, at least in my personal experiences. If you think one group gets more attention than others, maybe we need to examine the cause(s) of that.

    Again I agree completely about evading the law. No privilege should be able to be taken advantage of to evade the law. But it happens all the time, and apparently is only an issue in certain situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    The privilege of the job is the money.
    Money can buy privilege or special treatment, I agree. But I don't think the money that you or I earn is a privilege...we earned it.

    If the money I earned allows me to provide for my family better, I just don't see that as privilege.

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