A quick (incomplete) summary of my privilege

April 1st, 2020

I'm hoping that throwing all of this on one page will help contextualize my opinions and my outlook on life. We'll see how it goes.

I’m a 22-year-old straight cisgender white male, raised in central New Jeresy as a natural-born US citizen. I’ve never struggled with major physical or mental health issues. I wasn’t bullied in school (at least, not any more than the typical nerd in a US public school). My parents are grad school-educated, and, though I wouldn’t call them “rich” (they both work in the public sector), we’ve never struggled for food or nice things. They have strong morals, and I learned well from them. I got as many video games as I wanted growing up, and my parents supported my passions and interests early on (which gave me a hell of a head start in learning to program). My main interest — software engineering — ended up being pretty lucrative, and I ended up being pretty good at it.

I went to public elementary, middle, and high schools with solid academics and great opportunities to learn about the diverse society around me. I went to a university at one of the best places to study computer science, and my parents were able to support my expenses and much of my tuition for the first few years while I found my own source of income. I graduated in three years with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and I found lucrative, high-impact work in my field right out of college. I’ve paid off my student loans and am maxing out my 401(k). I have an emergency fund that will get me through months if I lose my job, but I’m confident that I can find work quickly if I’m terminated (or even just don’t like my current employment). Even if I couldn’t work anymore, my parents would be able to support me. I’m an introvert, and I live without roommates in an apartment in one of the highest-cost-of-living areas in the world. There’s very little crime in my area; I’ve never so much as had a package stolen from the communal mail area at my apartment complex’s entrance.

I grew up with almost every advantage you can start out with. I know that I’m lucky. Society has served me well. My goal is to serve the fuck out of society in return.