The nice thing about the Jussie Smollett story is that it clearly illustrates what real privilege looks like. Smollett, a wealthy actor and singer, staged an elaborate hate crime hoax and was then able to use it to leverage all kinds of free, sympathetic media coverage and publicity. The problem came when his story fell apart and the police arrested him and charged him with over a dozen felonies. But, after several weeks, the prosecutors decided to abruptly drop all charges without offering a good explanation. I think it obvious the charges were dropped because of Smollett’s privilege:
Tina Tchen, the attorney and former chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama, has garnered scrutiny after messages traded with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx — about the alleged hoax linked to actor Jussie Smollett — emerged shortly before prosecutors dropped all charges against Smollett on Tuesday.
Of course, Smollett is not the only newsworthy example of privilege lately. A few days ago, we learned how wealthy parents were able to cheat the system in order to get their kids admitted into elite colleges and universities. The public face of this scandal is actress Lori Loughlin. Loughlin is a person of wealth and connections. Shocking, eh?
Why did these rich parents go to so much trouble to get their average kids into elite colleges and universities? Because of the high quality education? LOL. Don’t be a fool. It’s because they want their kids to make lifelong friends with other educated children who have money and connections. Deepen and broaden the connections.
These stories teach us that real privilege is rooted in wealth and connections, not skin color, ancestry, race, gender, or sexual preference.
Of course, the people with the real privilege would have us believe privilege is tied to skin color, ancestry, race, gender, or sexual preference. If everyone is focused on supposed privlileges associated with race and/or sex, they won’t have much time/energy to focus on the truly privileged.