One of My Favorite Illustrations of Privilege and How it Results in a Wealth Gap

I write a lot about the wealth gap and privilege. This is because it’s something close to my heart. We tend to think that people get the jobs they “deserve,” based on how hard they work. The reality is that many hard workers never “make it” due to the systemic challenges they face — including where they start. The below comic eloquently explains it. It doesn’t meant that those with privilege don’t work hard

It doesn’t meant that those with privilege don’t work hard. What it does illustrate is that, too often, we don’t recognize that our privilege grants us opportunities others might not have. And, even more depressing is the way that sometimes we make the mistake of looking down on others and assuming they are lazy, even if they may actually be working harder than we are, only to see less of what our society considers “success.”

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2 thoughts on “One of My Favorite Illustrations of Privilege and How it Results in a Wealth Gap”

  1. I agree that each of us comes into this world with a different level of advantages or disadvantages, but I don’t really see the usefulness in dwelling on that. There are children born to wealthy parents who aren’t good parents and there are children born to poor parents who are wonderful parents. Which one is more “privileged?” Everyone is born with different talents, different strengths and weaknesses, and just plain different luck. So what? We shouldn’t use our differences as a reason to feel superior OR as an excuse to make less out of our lives than we can, and life shouldn’t revolve around constantly comparing what you have to what someone else has. This is what parents and schools should be teaching rather than obsessing about “privilege.”
    What troubles me is Democrats who use this concept of “privilege” to justify making generalizations about people and force policies on us that amount to legalized theft just so that they can then enjoy their own version of superiority because they think this makes them more compassionate than the rest of us. It’s true that not every successful person got where they are because they worked harder than others. But it’s also true that many successful people DID achieve success by working hard and by making smart decisions, and they shouldn’t be penalized for that because of Democrats making random decisions about who deserves what. It’s true that some people struggle in life because they had a tough beginning. It’s also true that some people struggle in life because they don’t work as hard as others or because they make foolish decisions. Since you don’t know who is who, why not leave it to each person to make up their own minds about who deserves our charity?

  2. This comic is a very relevant and profound illustration of generational privileges. It seems very difficult for people with privilege to recognize that they have it. I, as a black woman with systemice and institutional obstacles, have also had wonderful privileges starting out that my peers did not have. I will have to share it.

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