On November 16, Chester Hines and Kate Haggans facilitated the adult forum on “Living with Privilege.” Chester defined privilege as “a right or benefit that is given to some people and not to others; a special opportunity to do something that makes you proud; the advantage that wealthy and powerful people have over other people in society; to give an advantage that others do not have to someone.”
They invited stories of privilege and lack of privilege, and we shared experience including youth of color being stopped regularly by police in the affluent suburbs of St. Louis and black women being followed in stores. Chester emphasized that our ability to believe or not believe what we hear from someone as the truth impacts the dignity and respect of that individual. Privilege and power always go hand and hand, and privilege always costs something; it is not given freely.
Kate spoke of how it is a blessing to listen to other’s stories and understand other’s experiences which can be so different from our own even if we come from the same place. They urged everyone to seek ways to engage in conversations about what we can do about judging people who are different from us in look, voice, and experience.
For more information and resources, see the Diocesan website for the Dismantling Racism Commission: http://www.diocesemo.org/ministries/diocesan/dismantling-racism-commission/
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