There’s this retarded video making the rounds that is supposed to educate everyone about the nature of privilege and show me that I’m a bad person for having all the privilege with the camera consistently cutting to some black guy who feels dejected for not being as far ahead as everyone else. Well, I’ve decided to see how many steps I get to take. I’ll answer each question and we’ll count the steps at the end. I’ll also be proving a point with this at the same time. I am a lower-class adult who is living just above the poverty level. I grew up VERY lower-middle class. As I said, it’s going to prove a point.
Take two steps forward if your parents are still married
Over 25 years and counting. Probably closer to 30. Took my two steps (in my mind).
Take two steps forward if you grew up with a father figure in the home.
Wait, I thought one of the big things is how we don’t need fathers anymore? I thought that was a big regressive left talking point? Took my two steps, though. Thank Groj I’m not actually having to do this in real life. My tiny-ass apartment isn’t good for it.
Take two steps forward if you had access to private education
The idea that my family was affording that is amusing to me. I’m a public school boy just like pretty much the rest of you. Ain’t taking those steps.
Take two steps forward if you had access to a free tutor
Not even in the state university I went to. No steps taken.
Take two steps forward if you never had to worry about your cell phone being shut off
I’ve been so poor that my phone was shut off. That’s the thing about having a prepaid cheap as shit phone. Still standing here.
Take two steps forward if you’ve never had to help your parents with bills.
Finally, moving again. Yeah, my parents are excellent with the money they have and are able to save well. They learned how to do poverty right and thanks to both of them working for the school district in my hometown, they both have stable retirement, but it’s understood that because of their financial situation, one of them will be working until they are REALLY old. Took my two steps, but this question is ignoring the nuance of the situation.
Take two steps forward if it wasn’t for your athletic ability, you didn’t have to pay for college.
My debt was $46,000. Blow me. Standing right here.
Take two steps forward if you’ve never had to worry about where your next meal would come from
I’ve starved myself before because of the poverty I’ve been in over the years. But please, tell me again about all the privilege I have because of the color of my skin. All fucking ears.
So let’s count the steps. I took six. Six steps. How much do you figure the rich black kid who grew up on the hillside in the city I live in took? A fuck of a lot more. This stupid video that’s making the rounds ignores all nuance because it’s easier to show the dejected black guy looking sad and play to one’s pathos than to look at those of us who grew up in a poor community and had to work our fucking asses off to get where we are. I hate that video, and fuck the people who say it’s so inspiring. Fuck everyone who wants to tell me about the fact that I have it so much better because I’m white.
Here’s the thing about privilege – if someone could tell me how I could cash this shit in, I would. I really would. Without a second thought, I would. I’d go to the Privilege Bank and get all the perks I could get, today. My life has been so fucking hard and I am so fucking tired of being poor and having to balance doing repairs on my car with saving a hundred bucks a month. That’s the position I’m in. You want to tell me about how I have it so good because of my fucking privilege? Yeah, you do that, upper-middle class white girl with hair dyed a color not found in nature, of the black kid who is attending an Ivy League school on your parent’s dime.
Go right ahead. Because my answer is the same – can you direct me to where I can cash in this privilege? If so, I’ll talk to you later. I got somewhere I need to be.
Until next time, a quote,
“One ungrateful person does an injury to all needy people.” – Pubilius Syrus