Talking about privilege can be uncomfortable, it can easily make us defensive, and it does have the power to prevent us from taking significant action. That’s why, we have to talk about it!
How does a county fall from the podium of democracy? And is it always a sudden fall?
An authoritarian regime is being dismantled in Belarus: what is this process and how come it is turning people into heroes without their permission?
Do you ever feel like your head is about to explode? What are the issues that have that effect on you? I claim that intellectually “getting” a certain situation doesn’t make you immune to feeling a certain way about it. In the end, I think this is what makes us human: it is very much allowed.
Whatever your personal journey of trying to understand someone else’s (collective) reality is, step into it with curiosity, openness to listen, and kindness. Fight the shame, fight the defensiveness. Your defensiveness is not at the centre here: that collective reality is.