Privilege

(A poem from the book “Dwelling in Dissonance”)

Not an accusation

No verdict expected

Not an attack

Defence inappropriate

A historical fact

A present reality

Uncomfortable awareness

Given responsibility

 

Humble agency

Social leverage

Powerful potential

For participative change

 

Some questions to think thru and talk thru:

What feelings do you have about privilege?

Would you describe yourself as privileged or not? Why?

How have you responded to being labelled “privileged”?

If you are privileged, what do you do with your privilege? What can you do with it?

What pitfalls are involved in using the power that privilege gives?

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