Define Privilege In Our Society

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The term privilege can be interpreted and viewed in many ways, such as having an advantage, being fortunate, having something someone else does not have. Many kinds of thoughts, negative and positive can be associated with the word privilege The thoughts and feelings surrounding the term privilege can change based on personal and individual experiences and upbringings, the term could mean a variety of things to a different individuals or groups of people. Other terms that usually follow the term privilege are equality, race, and economic status. There are many questions and debates that are sparked based off the term privilege, and for good reason. Some reasons debates are started from the term privilege are racial profiling and job opportunities …show more content…
In the article, Gray focuses on the movement of fighting and eventually ending racism in America. Gray also talks about ending he idea of second-class citizenship, a person who is discriminated against in state jurisdiction despite being a citizen, and bring together gaps between race, class, and human rights. Gray is proposing to fight racism and privilege with the Progressive Movement. The Progressive Movement is the idea that there is no master race, no lesser race, no enslaved race, no chosen people, no one genetically predisposed to be rich, poor, to commit crimes, or to have less or more intelligence than anyone else. The progressive movement is opposed to and fights racism and prejudices against other biological factors. Gray gives one example of a court case, and how a ruling on a black man infuriated some people to the point of wanting revenge on “slave master and their decedents”(Gray). To bring back full circle, Gray goes on and explains how the progressive movement is about stopping this kind of racial fighting and start giving everyone the same equal opportunities, so essentially there would be no privileges based on race. Gray insists that people look at each other and think about what they go through with racial and skin profiling and then put an end to it. He goes on to give another example of how police treated a young white man after harassing a woman at a …show more content…
The article “The long shadow of Flint’s lead crisis” by Andis Robeznieks goes into the history of how this crisis started. Robeznieks starts by highlighting the towns decreasing economical stance that was brought to light in the film “Roger and Me” in 1989. He then explains that lead was found, almost a century ago, to reduce noise levels in engines by putting lead in the gasoline. Robeznieks then explains how the city tried to save money by disconnecting from Detroit 's water system, in doing this the citizens of Flint started getting their water from the Flint River, which made many residents sick enough to hire a scientist to examine the water to find high levels of lead in the River water, their homes, and in Children who were examined. Because of the documented and well proven facts of lead being toxic, in the 1970’s actions were directed to cut the lead out of paint and gas (Robeznieks). In recent years funding has been reduced, and in 2015 there was only enough funding to clean up 7,000 low-income living units. Robeznieks states that because of the lack of funding and consideration of the government the likelihood that older cities will start to see unsafe lead levels like they do in Flint Michigan. This brings up the question of why doesn 't the government care about the poison in Flint? Would this happen if they were located somewhere else, or if they were in a wealthier town, such as New York City? This is

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