A Student Response From:
I am very lucky to have grown up with a roof over my head and food on the table, but when I was a kid I didn’t understand how lucky I was. I was upset that I never had the coolest toys, the trendiest clothes, or the newest iPhone. I didn’t understand that this lack of social status was what allowed me to live the comfortable life that I was blessed with. Now that I am older and much more aware of what it is like to be an adult in this social and political climate, I understand just how much privilege I have in my life. Not only did I have a roof over my head, but I had parents that were still together and showed me as much unconditional love as they had to share. I am also white, which, even though this should not affect how anyone is treated, automatically gives me more privilege in this society. I am so damn lucky and I try to remember this every time I am feeling down about my life. I think it is really important for people to be aware of the privilege they hold and the best way to use it to benefit society. Rose, you brought up that there are people that come from wealthy, privileged positions who feel they need to rebel from the capitalist structure so they adopt a sort of “hippie” lifestyle. These are some of the people who need to be more aware of how good they have it. They think they are doing good for the world because they ride their bike to work or eat organic food, but the reality is that they are able to take part in this because they come from money. They are always preaching this way of life but they neglect the fact that there are people who are living paycheck to paycheck and literally can’t afford to eat anything other than the frozen and affordable food. We have to stop shaming people for the way they grew up and the hardships they had to face, because it is all just a consequence of living in a system that hates minorities, poor people, and women.