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  •  "Privilege" isn't the same as racism. (3+ / 0-)
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    the poor and working poor are equally denied access to health care based not on the color of their skin, but on their ability to pay
    Google around, there are many discussions online about different aspects of privilege (which all intersect). There's the privilege of being the 'normal' color (white), the 'default' sex/gender/sexuality (hetero male born & raised), class(/economic) privilege, etc.

    When you look at these various issues -- the things which certain people (because of their class, race, position in society, whichever) take for granted which others are denied -- when you look at them from the viewpoint of the 'don't have's', all these things  look like privileges. Privileges which in most cases some people have simply because of how/where/to whom  they were born.

    Yes, all the things (generally) talked about as 'privilege' should be considered rights. And many people, especially those (IME) who argue about the word 'privilege', assume that these things are a matter of natural rights, not benefits. Most people here at DKos would agree that things like food, shelter, education, health care, (not being routinely hassled by authorities) should be available to everyone -- but in the real world, they aren't. Through no fault of their own, many people simply don't have these things, aren't afforded those rights.

    People with (whichever) privileges aren't at fault, either. You didn't choose most of the circumstances of your life on which these privileges are determined, either.

    •  But some people here like to define privilege as (0+ / 0-)

      anything above being alive. They think the naked caveman is baseline and the caveman with a loin cloth is privileged.

      What's the baseline? Does one's personal baseline change depending on how he or she grew up? I think it does.

      For example, I grew up in a solidly middle class environment. Luckily for me, my educational baseline was ability to go to college. I still had to take out some loans and both I and my parents made contributions. So to me, the kid whose parents paid cash for their college education are privileged, even though I'm informed enough to know that college education as a whole is still rarity for the country.

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