For example, as a white person I'll never know what it's like to have people look at me funny and wonder whether or not I'm going to cause any trouble. No one is going to suspect that I'm going to hijack an airplane, or hold up a gas station.
I've also noticed lately that my privileges keep me from seeing things. For example, that new #Fitchthehomeless thing where that guy gives Abercrombie and Fitch clothes to homeless people? I didn't see anything wrong with it at first until Suzannah Paul pointed out its flaws.
I don't want to pull a Tony Jones and whine whenever someone calls out my privilege. But I will say this: I do wish that I didn't have to constantly check my privilege. I wish we lived in a world where there were no privileged groups of people. Everyone could be truly equal.
I asked my friends on Facebook the other day how exactly we overturn this system of privilege. One friend said, "Don't know if it can be done, so I just concentrate on fixing things I personally am doing wrong. Then I point out systemic failure in hopes that others will do the same."
So maybe that's the best thing for me to do now. Maybe I need to check my privilege in order to break the system.