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It's about privilege, not about working or studying hard

Privilege is the stepping stone that got me to where I am today, not my own 'hard work'

25.8.2019

Has anyone ever told you that all you need to succeed is to work hard? One young woman explains why that isn't exactly the case. FromOurArchives It's about privilege, not about working or studying hard

Privilege is the stepping stone that got me to where I am today, not my own 'hard work'

Privilege is the stepping stone that got me to where I am today, not my own"hard work." I was privileged enough to be born to middle-class parents who did the hard work in order for me to be where I am today.

Yes, my parents and my parents' parents worked hard, and every day I gratefully reap the fruits of their love and labor. But the farmers who put the rice on my table, and the fisher folk who put the catch beside it also worked hard. The countless other workers who built the roof I sleep under, the school building that I attend class in – they all worked hard.

Yes, I can admit that I"studied hard,” enough for our educational system to grant me honors as a mark of my “intelligence", enough to pass the exams I needed to get into a good university. But so did countless of other students in public schools, who have been deprived of the right opportunities to quality education.

Privilege gives those in the right social circles the chance to game the said system to their advantage. But it also puts down those who would have otherwise had the same access to the same rights, but who are, unfortunately, without the magical benefits of privilege.

You know about these people. Yet why do many seem to think they are in these deplorable circumstances, simply because they failed to study hard or work hard? Are people that blinded in believing that those who are in poverty are all lazy and uneducated?

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