This has become a very hot word right now. Privilege. We all have varying degrees of it depending on where you live, what you look like, where you are from, and how much money you have to name a few. I grew up very privileged. I went to a good school, a great college, and didn’t really have to worry about money. I am very thankful for the opportunities I had.
I was also ignorant.
I thought everyone had the same opportunities I did. I thought everyone was treated equally. I even wrote a term paper on the misuse of affirmative action and reverse discrimination. I was ignorant.
privilege (to me) is when you not only take the things you have for granted, but you expect others to take them for granted to. There are people in America who don’t have homes, don’t have access to reliable clean water, kids who’s parents struggle to feed them. It’s looking at these people, at these kids and saying “you have the same opportunities I have. You just aren’t utilizing them”.
I whole heartedly believe God puts us where we need to be when we need to be there. I knew back then that I wanted to make a difference but I had to have everything taken away from me to completely understand what kind.
We are here for the working poor. The people who are fighting the system because they aren’t being hired full time because the company won’t pay benefits, work full time but still can’t make ends meet because $10 an hour doesn’t pay the bills, because profits rise while wages remain the same, because not everyone can afford college, because it’s not aa easy to pull yourself up as it once was.
We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work for Ford. For a company that still has an amazing working Union. A company and union that cares about its workers. We have the opportunity to be a part of the middle class. What we don’t want is to forget what we didn’t have and that so many others don’t have. We also don’t want to forget how easily we could lose everything. I don’t want to be ignorant again.