So people like me, sometimes we go into hiding. We work to convince the world around us, "Hey, I'm just like you! I'm not special. I don't think I deserve anything more than anyone else. Solidarity, right?"
And in trying to hide our privilege, something goes horribly wrong: we end up reinforcing the American myth of a "classless society." Our refusal to embrace and admit our class privilege makes it seem like we're all in this together. We may be all in this together, but we ain't starting from the same place. IRONY: in solidarity with classes of people who struggle financially, we conscious upper-class people sometimes present ourselves as less-privileged than we are, which maintains the system of financial inequity by preserving the "we are all born with equal opportunity" myth.
If I have privilege and want to be a part of change, then I can start by talking about my own privilege and how it affects my world. That's risking something (like judgment, anger, confusion, isolation, and rejection). In my next post, I'll talk about other ways I can risk something in order to disrupt the status quo.