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- Are there germaphobes in places where sanitation is a luxury available to a select few?
- Is there anorexia or bulimia in places where starvation is a daily reality?
- Are anti-vaccination protestors in places where children regularly die of preventable diseases?
- Are people against regulating industry in communities where cancer, miscarriages and birth defects are a common courtesy of the factory upstream?
- Would people who actually lived under the effects of Hitler or Stalin, so easily invoke them to describe any politician they dislike?
- Is “retarded” a funny way to describe something we consider irrational, to people dealing with disorders so heavily impacting the lives of them and their loved ones?
- Do people in places where the dumping, bathing and drinking water are one in the same, care if clean water comes from a tap or a bottle?
- Do people forced to walk miles to and from work every day care what the color, year or model of a potential vehicle is?
- Does a woman unable to conceive despite years of trying, really buy that she has a “right to choose” pregnancy?
- Does the child of an abusive father take comfort in the assertion that more fathers in the home will cure social problems?
- Do homeless people say “I’m broke” nearly as much as someone who has to skimp on a few things the week they buy an IPhone?
- Do people unable to afford leaving neighborhoods plagued by violence and substandard education, think “ghetto” is a harmless way of describing anything below our preferred standards?
- Do survivors of molestation and sexual assault believe “raped” is the best way to describe someone dominating a game or sport?
- Do people living in countries where Christians are routinely imprisoned, tortured or killed, really care about the music, decorum or dress code during worship?
- Does an unemployed veteran being denied benefits, take much comfort in bumper stickers saying we support our troops?
- What would the person risking their life in a blood diamond mine, think about the woman turning her nose up at a ring because it did not “cost” enough?
We should all take a step back from time to time to reconsider what is truly worth our complaints. Hopefully, we can learn to distinguish real problems from the benefits of American privilege.
By Corey Dorsey