Privilege: Who Has It, Who Doesn't and Who Doesn't See It - What Hurts Most?

Feb 24, 2016

1940 US government publicity photo meant for newspaper and magazine publication: Minnesota farm worker scene of Chippewa baby (at a rice field near Tower, MN) strapped to cradleboard while teething on an Office of Indian Affairs print magazine called "Indians at Work"
Credit By (US DOI) Office of Indian Affairs staff - US DOI now-defunct sub-agency: Office of Indian Affairs, Public Domain

As our series on privilege continues this week, we've talked to guests who both sides of the issue: they're people of color, on the one hand; but men, on the other.

Lisa Herthel-Hendrickson is an enrolled Anishiannabeg from Wisconsin, who has lived in Duluth for many years and graduated from UWS with her bachelors in sociology and native studies this last year.

I asked her which is harder: to be a woman or to be Native?  Her answer?  Neither is as hard as poverty.

All this week on Northland Morning, we're unpacking the idea of "privilege."  We tend to equate "privilege" with money, but actually, it has more to do with cultural norms that favor some people and not others.  Not only do most people have privilege in one form or another (no matter how under-privileged  they might be in other ways), maybe the problem is the word itself.  Would it be easier to refer to "advantages" that some people have and others don't?  Or even luck?