Essay What Does The Ignorance Of Privilege Perpetuate Inequality?

1086 Words Dec 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Got privilege? No really, do you? Can you turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of your race widely represented? Can you walk around without feeling like an outsider or feel like you can easily speak your opinion without consequences? If you answered yes to either of those then you are privileged. But if you answered no to either of those questions then you are underprivileged, how can you change that? Don’t you want to have the same opportunities as everyone else? Everyone is supposed to have equal opportunity and equality…but that’s not the case.
How does the ignorance of privilege perpetuate inequality? Most people in society are unaware of societal privilege and how it is structured into their lives by the way of maintaining a racially one-dimensional lens through which every social impingement is viewed. In this text the basis of privilege, especially white privilege will be explained using “Capitalism, Class and the Matrix of Domination” by Johnson. He provides an in-depth analysis about society, privilege and capitalism together as a whole and how it creates inequality. “The Allegory of the Cave” by Plato metaphorically showcases the ignorance of one society and how it affected them as a whole.
What is privilege? The chosen operational definition for this essay paints privilege as any special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or subset of people. Every society categorizes their…

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