Examples Of Power And Privilege In America

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Power and privilege is one of the most common discussions regarding issues in America. It is having the freedom and opportunities more than others, and often times this power and privilege isn’t earned it is given to those unfairly. The factors that decide between those who have power and those who don’t are becoming almost unbelievable. The simple color of one’s skin, something they have no control over can put you at a disadvantage for no reason beyond the fact that your skin is not the same as someone else’s. Two examples of this lack of balanced power come from first, the article referred to in class “Song of El Sur” which discussions the lyrics of songs written by discriminated Mexicans who come to America in search of a better life, and find that the south is not the answer they were looking for. The second example is a music video I came across on Facebook recently. The name of the video is “I’m not a racist”, it is a rap song where a white man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, and a black man are sitting at a table in a warehouse discussing, (more of yelling) at each other topics of race in today’s America. Power and privilege are the main topics of the argument while social status, respect, and power all become topics within their discussion. With the use of influential people such as those who produce music and can get their message sent out to a diverse crowd we can try to end this disconnect of power and privilege in today’s America.

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