I’m just an old liberal white guy trying to make it in a conservative town. I am definitely from white privilege. I was privileged to grow up in Birmingham, Ala., in the 1950s and ’60s, where I saw first-hand the nasty side of segregation and racism.
I am privileged to contribute to the government in April each year — to help maintain our country and its freedoms. I pay my fair share, and I am privileged to drive the good highways, enjoy the parks and forests, and live in a stable economy, under a government that guarantees my freedom in so many ways.
I am privileged to pay local taxes to support our schools, which provide a good education to the next generation and give them a good start in life.
I have never been a member of a union, but I recognize that many of the privileges I’ve had as a worker derive from the unions and the strength of organized labor.
This country is far from perfect, but we have a way of working through our problems. I feel privileged and proud to be an American. But privilege always has a cost.