To The Daily Sun:
After reading two articles about privilege, one by Alan Vervaeka and the other by Froma Harrop, I became more aware of how I benefit from certain privileges. The first thing I thought about was race. I'm a Cambodian-born, American citizen, whose privilege is more present than I originally thought.
I've always wondered why it was that American/European history was part of my core curriculum, but topics which strike my interest, such as Women Study or African American History, are offered as electives only. Does this mean that Americans and Europeans are more important than women or African Americans? Should I be offended that being educated in Caucasian history has a higher priority over my own races' background? Or is it because America is primarily made up of white faces that have to be reflected in everything as if their life is held sacred in history textbooks?
This issue doesn't end, or begin, with race. There is so much more to it. I am privileged in many ways that I never even thought of. For example, I am able-bodied, meaning I don't have to worry about living my life with the constant struggle of using a wheelchair, or if the book I want is in braille. I am also part of the upper-middle class which dismisses the fear of being unable to pay bills or insurance. However, I am not a natural born citizen, I am not white, nor am I a male. In the words of Gina Crosley-Corcoran, from occupywallstreet.net, "being a white, middle-class, able-bodied male can be like winning a lottery you didn't even know you were playing."
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