The problem with [class] privilege

“The problem is that people [from the privileged economic classes] see [class privilege] as [intentional greed], when [class privilege] is bigger than that. [Capitalism] is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of [capitalists] at other people’s expense, whether [well meaning middle class investors] know/like it or not. [Capitalism] is an insidious cultural [and economic] disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a [economically privileged] person who likes poor people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t [earn] like you. Yes, [class oppression] looks like [intentional selfishness], but [selfishness] is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is [guilty for being] born [into an economically privileged family], it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-[capitalist] certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.”

Interpreted and adapted from Scott Wood’s statement on white privilege, which I whole heartedly endorse.

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