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How can our awareness of our privileges be helpful to others?
The moment people realize their privileges and accept that they are not naturally given, allows new practices to evolve: sharing, caring, unlearning, understanding and creating new imaginaries. All not individually but collectively. It is the way that we can transmit power to the others and the things in which we examine our internalized "shit". Because we already start to move in a way we've never done before. Therefore, we can say there are different stages of being aware of our privileges, it is a process and one should not aim to get to the last stage since it is a never ending story. That's being said, there are also different scales. In the context of Hangar X, let's focus on the city scale. If one starts with the idea that nothing is "secured", "permanent" or "given" then they could see the privileges are not "natural", and naming the others "unnatural" is a social construction. Migrant, refugee, black, trans, queer, any differently-abled and more are actually above us and will make the best choices for themselves and the society if they have power to do so. Awareness and usage of privileges can help to hack the system and crack the rules that put everyone in their role of a capitalistic and colonial society. In the city, the power of being aware about privileges allows exchange, empowerment and changing the discourse. In that sense, hacking the city system can lead us to inclusive, open, participatory and common processes. A respectful handling of one’s own privileges should not exclude being thankful for what we have but lead even more to sharing, mutual support and care.
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