A meditation on race, power, and privilege

I have benefited from being white, heterosexual and Christian. I am aware that I have benefited from settler colonialism. I have also benefited from being a second generation academic. When I got my first academic library job I had come home. The idea of privilege was a tremendous shock when I first encountered it. I have, however, accepted it and continue to examine what I can do to break the cycle.

My privileges are nuanced by being disabled. I acknowledge the privilege of being what is called “high functioning.” I have spent my life correcting folks who applaud and suggest that this is due to something I or my parents did right. That is a smack in the face to people who are more heavily impacted by CP. To be upright and a walker is simply the way that I am.

I also acknowledge the gift of writing. Being able to write and publish is rewarded by my profession. I need to acknowledge that it is a gift and I am not a better person than someone who struggles to write.

One thought on “A meditation on race, power, and privilege

  1. Maxine Cooper says:

    I believe we are all gifted. We just need to discover it.Our gifts are God-given and have nothing to do with where we come from, our status,nor our condition; and cannot be determined fully by anyone else but ourselves. We own our gifts, and the credit goes to how they are used.

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