(The Root) — Though Twitter trending topics usually surround the hilarious and ridiculous, this morning saw the rise of a sobering, informative hashtag: #AdmitYourPrivilege. In it, Twitter users outlined the many ways in which they are privileged in society.
In addition to naming the usual, obvious privileges — being white, male, straight, Christian, etc. — there were other, less obvious privileges named, discussed and debated. Being right-handed, having a certain type of hair, being in a sorority or fraternity … the trending topic inspired a lot of important conversations on the topic of privilege.
The hashtag was as inspiring as it was informative; it feels good to know that so many people out there are as aware of their societal advantages as they are their disadvantages. Check out some of the tweets and conversations below.
my name and voice don’t sound “ethnic” which gets my foot in a lot of doors #admityourprivilege
— she was a showgirl (@mslooola) May 24, 2013
#AdmitYourPrivilege I have a long-distance co-parent. (I’ve been informed this makes me privileged.)
— stacia l. brown (@slb79) May 24, 2013
— kolluminati jenkins (@kokupuff) May 24, 2013
someone also listed being in a sorority as a privilege.what kind of advantage comes w/ that? no shade, honest question. #admityourprivilege
— Brokey McPoverty (@brokeymcpoverty) May 24, 2013
#AdmitYourPrivilege: I’m skinny. And I went to college.
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) May 24, 2013