The Power and Privilege Issue
A former classmate messaged me about a job for a new tropical ice cream company that needed bilingual “sample girls.” It seemed easy, and I’d be getting $9 an hour. What followed was hell.
At 26, Yvan Sagnet organized the “Nardò uprising,” a two-month strike held by migrant workers which led to the trial of 12 people for slavery and the first anti-gang-master law in the country.
The deportations haven’t stopped, but 18-year-old Fatemeh Khavari made Sweden pay attention to their struggle.
We asked some incoming students to capture what it meant to be the new kids at school.
Noah Abraham is a leader in ManUp, an initiative that aims to get high school boys to reject toxic masculinity and to learn about sexual consent.
By the end of 2016, Nina Griffiths, a teen from New Zealand, had won $10,000 in funding for a youth center, expanded their peer-support program, and propelled the conversation about youth suicide back onto the national stage.
Advice for navigating—and maybe even changing—institutional bias on your journey through high school and beyond.
Instead of concealing the truth or cementing ourselves in a chamber of guilt for the often unearned opportunities and access that privilege has afforded us, we must, as the Black feminist activist Brittany Packnett says, “spend our privilege.”