Recently I watched this short, yet, insightful video on privilege and what it means exactly.
Basically, a teacher tells their students that in order to make it in to the “upper class” they must throw a wadded up piece of paper into the recycling bin at the front.
The students in the back were not happy. They had the disadvantage of being far away from the bin. While the students in the front had no reason to complain, because they seat that they were assigned to assisted them in getting their paper in to the recycling bin.
The teacher says “The closer to the bin you sat, the better your odds. This is what privilege looks like.”
The teacher sums it up by saying, “Your job as students with privilege is to do great things all the while advocating for those in the rows behind you.”
I think this is one of the most important lessons to learn.