Check Your Privilege!

The phrase “Check your privilege”, despite being a bit worn out, is something I think of as a useful reminder that one’s standpoint or their freedom to say something may be a result of privilege they hold by virtue of pre-determined factors.

However, we must be careful that we do not use this term simply to silence alternative viewpoints, as has become common practice in classrooms and online arguments worldwide. After all, who is more guilty of abusing privilege: Someone who is free to say or think a certain way moreso than others, or someone who can silence and invalidate that person’s opinion with a simple phrase?

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