The Responsibility of Privilege: A Critical Race Counterstory Conversation

The Responsibility of Privilege: A Critical Race Counterstory Conversation

Peitho Volume 21 Issue 1 Fall/Winter 2018

Author(s): Aja Y. Martinez

Abstract: This work takes the approach of a critical race counterstory conversation and is most ardently concerned with the issue of centralized privilege in our academic spaces. In this essay the author asks the audience to consider aspects of privilege we have access to, what measures we can take within the institution to make space and not just take space, and how we can apply this work, whether that be work in the classroom, office hours, department meetings, or in interpersonal conversations toward the agency of those at the margins. The author challenges the audience to move beyond the fallacious notion that comfort in situations of social injustice should be guaranteed and urges her readership to lift their voices in this socio-political moment toward a movement that makes our efforts known as accomplices in the struggle. 

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