Ep #229: Understanding Privilege and Centering

As a white person, I have a lot of privilege, many of which is unearned. This privilege does not take away my difficult experiences or mean that my life has been easy, but it is important to recognize it and understand it in detail. Many people get confused about the concept of privilege and centering, so this week, I’m giving you an opportunity to get clearer.

Privilege is not about whether or not you are a good person. It is work we all have to do as people in dominant identities if we want to mitigate harm, create change, and cultivate meaningful relationships with people who have identities that are more marginalized than ours.

In this episode, I’m sharing some awareness and a-ha! moments I have had recently around privilege, centering, and the concept of intersectionality. Discover why it is never a good idea to justify your privilege, and where to start in doing this messy, but important work of creating more diversity, equity, and inclusion in your life and business.

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What You'll Learn From This Episode

  • What unearned privilege is and how it might show up for you.
  • The real reason it is so important to center a marginalized identity.
  • Some examples of unearned privilege that give you benefits that others don’t have if they don’t share the identity.
  • A clear example of centering a person of a dominant identity in the conversation about marginalized identities and communities.
  • How acknowledging unearned privilege can bring up a lot of guilt and defensiveness for a lot of people.
  • What having privilege of any kind does and does not mean for you.
  • How to create more of an impact by doing this work.
  • Why you automatically hold more power if you hold a dominant identity.

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Hi! I'm Tobi

I help creative women (and a few really progressive dudes) design profit-generating, soul-fulfilling businesses that let them own their schedule, upgrade their life and feel more alive than ever!