Privilege can be a hard thing to talk about.
Often, when it’s implied or stated that someone is “privileged,” they can feel defensive or upset. They may have worked very hard for what they have accomplished and they may have overcome many obstacles to accomplish it. And the word “privilege” can make a person feel as though that work is being diminished.
The key point about privilege, though, is that it doesn’t mean that a person was raised by wealthy parents, had everything handed to them, and didn’t have to do much other than show up.
Privilege means that some of us have advantages over others for any number of reasons we don’t control — like who we are, where we come from, the colour of our skin, or certain things that have happened in our lives.
Even when things haven’t come easy for some people, they can still have privileges that others don’t have.
This comic by illustrator, Toby Morris, explores privilege in a very unique, yet eye-opening way, and “On A Plate” is a must read.