Imagine the following scenario:
You are ninth century Byzantine nobility, and your family has become wealthy through capturing Slavs north of the Empire’s borders and selling them into slavery. You are devoutly religious and truly appalled at the pagan practices of the Slavs. You believe other features, beyond their paganism, provide further evidence of their inferior state of being.
For this discussion:
- Describe how being involved in such a process might eventually inculcate in you a sense of privilege. Give some elaboration of what psychological beliefs and processes might accompany that sense of privilege.
- Compare this scenario to the assigned readings that speak about white privilege, and describe similarities and differences. How much of privilege is a universal process, and how much is particular to historical time and place? How does Dr. Greene’s paradigm of power factor in to this?