Depending on who you ask, people will give you a different reply as to who is the most privileged in our society. But as of late, “privilege” itself is commonly used to refer to someone’s unearned advantages, making it easy for them to overlook or be indifferent to the plight of the less fortunate.
Paul and Jordan talk to social critic and write, Phoebe Maltz Bovy, about this understanding of “privilege” and whether it lends itself to properly addressing and ultimately eliminating social injustice, such as racism and sexism. She reveals how attacking people on the basis of their privilege, as when telling them it renders them ignorant, divides people and makes ending oppression more difficult. In Phoebe’s view, both the privileged and non-privileged can, as allies, play a direct role in making the world a fairer place.
Learn more about Phoebe and her recent book, The Perils of “Privilege”, here.