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The Three Principles Of Privilege

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What is privilege? Is it something that one is born with, or is it something that one earns as a token of an achievement? In other words, is privilege something that falls under the category of essentialism or constructionism? Depending on who you ask, the answer to this question will vary. For example, if this question is asked to a white person, their sociocultural and economic advantages as well as their inexperience with systemic racism will influence them to respond with the belief that privilege falls under constructionism. However, if the same question is presented to a minority, the hardships that they might have faced as a result of the color of their skin will lead them to answer that privilege stems from an essentialist doctrine. Thus, in order to understand the concept of privilege, one must learn the three principles of privilege, maintain an open mind so as not to fall into the trap of describing something as “natural” and accept the ideology that racism is alive in our society today. The three principles of privilege are that they provide certain people with sociocultural and economic advantage, often yield negative judgments and unfair treatment, and that most people are unaware of the statuses that privilege them. If we take the first principle, the people that have sociocultural and economic advantages are the white people in American society. It has been shown through statistics that African Americans are the ones whose rate of unemployment is the
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