This post is quite ranty and not very informative, but I had to vent somewhere.
This one goes out to all the people who have tried and failed to educate privilege-deniers. It goes out to all the people who have lost friends and excommunicated family members because they failed to grasp just how serious oppression is.
Privilege makes you feel like your opinion is inherently valid. It makes you think oppression is an intellectual exercise. It makes you think it’s all about opinion, freedom of speech and lively debate. The lived experiences of oppressed people are up for discussion. You are free to ask how, why and when they experience that oppression. Nothing can stop you.
There are a thousand challenges that oppressed people face, and I insist that they tell these stories. All I can say is that I have learnt a tiny proportion of what oppression is, and I constantly learn better ways to deal with my privileges. I want to be called out. I want to change. I want to be forced to give up the privileges I hold dear, because it is for the greater good.
This post is just a record of the privilege exorcisms I have tried to perform. To rid my fellow oppressors of their arrogance, their ‘logic’ and their thoughtlessness. I will continue to try, even when it is psychologically damaging to me. I am determined to make a difference. I am determined to use my privilege against itself. Sometimes privilege deniers can only face the argument from one of their own.
Sometimes they flail. Sometimes they bite.
But one day I will squeeze every last drop of arrogance from their privileged brains.