854: Catching Up

My husband and I were talking abut the concept of privilege at dinner and how toxic a word it is. If something is a privilege, it can be taken away. Being able to hang out in a park without fearing a policeman will waylay and/or shoot you shouldn't be viewed as a privilege, it's a right. Being able to go to school without expecting the teacher to be judging you more harshly than others shouldn't be called a privilege, it's a right. The United States was founded on the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Admittedly this originally meant Christian males of north western European descent, but we've moved far far past that. Equality is a right and when people are denied it, it should be viewed as oppression not being underprivileged.