Personal Privilege Analysis in the Term Paper

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4. I'd like to ask Johnson if the thinks it is possible to ever fully get rid of prejudice.

1. In chapter 5, Johnson begins to lay the groundwork to get rid of the problems -- and complications -- of privilege in earnest. His basic starting point is simple, and seems to make sense. The key to addressing the issue of privilege is to engage both groups, those which have been traditionally dominant or "privileged," as well as those who have been traditionally underprivileged, to attempt to formulate an understanding as to how to get past this invisible barrier. Without work and compromise from both sides, it will be difficult for change to occur. The key is for dominant groups to not take offense at their privileges, and to be able to see it as a problem. Many members of such populations, however, don't see being privileged as a problem, for several factors including the fact that for the most part, such privileges are all they've known in their lives, and that the privileges tend to advantage them and shape their ways of thinking.

2. I found it quite interesting, and probably true, that most dominant members of society are not aware of the fact that they are privileged, and don't see anything wrong with it. I also agree that underprivileged people would be instrumental in helping privileged people become aware of this situation.

3. These issues relate to me because most males I know, and friends, are not aware of what they do that can intimidate women. Also, I know that it was only once I started to really listen to women, that I understood -- and greatly appreciated -- their perspective and view on…

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