9 Mistakes Activists With Class Privilege Make
By Adam Roberts / filmsforaction.org

Adapted from “Classified: How to Stop Hiding Your Privilege and Use It for Social Change.”

1. The Boss

The Boss

Because my opinion matters. A lot.


2. The Ivory Tower

The Ivory Tower

Because you need a graduate degree to fight the patriarchy.


3. The Waffle

The Waffle

I’m still weighing my options. Cause I have a lot of them!


4. The Space Cadet

The Space Cadet

Wait, we have to do stuff now?


5. The Stage Hog

9 Mistakes Activists With Class Privilege Make

Cause it’s about ME.


6. The Daddy Warbucks

The Daddy Warbucks


7. The All-Knowing Activist

9 Mistakes Activists With Class Privilege Make

Oh, you brought … meat.


8. The My Big Idea Can Solve Everything

The My Big Idea Can Solve Everything
Yeah…


9. The Incessant Privilege Checker

The Incessant Privilege Checker


10. Because, really … in one way or another, these could all be me.

As a young person with class privilege, I’ve made — or come close to making — every single one of these mistakes.

9 Mistakes Activists With Class Privilege Make


11. And it’s sometimes easier to call out others than to share my own real vulnerabilities or screw ups.

9 Mistakes Activists With Class Privilege Make

Or to recognize my class privileges (connections, time, skills, $$), and put them to effective use.


12. That’s why I’m super glad there are resources out there for young people with financial wealth and/or class privilege on how to better support movements for social justice.

Like the organization that inspired me to write this: Resource Generation.

That's why I'm super glad there are resources out there for young people with financial wealth and/or class privilege on how to better support movements for social justice.

13. And so many things we can do, as young people with financial wealth and/or class privilege, to more effectively leverage our resources for social change.

Which is probably cause itself for another list.

9 Mistakes Activists With Class Privilege Make


14. And the best part of it all? Everyone gets a great big cookie at the end.

And the best part of it all? Everyone gets a great big cookie at the end.

Just kidding! There’s no cookie.

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