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For some time now, our society has been developing with profound concepts of privilege and oppression, and though we have come a long way by making social acceptance of the oppressed groups such as colored people, women, homosexuals and the disabled, the concepts are still engrained into our capitalist society. Privileged groups have excelled in our society with honor and opportunity that has put them over oppressed groups, ones that have far less rights than those permitted to the privileged white male, making it easier for the privileged to succeed and make a living for themselves. Of course, it doesn’t seem logical that because one is White and Male that he would be more apt to succeed in the course of his life, but certain characteristics and foundations in our society have allowed some to excel over others. What are these characteristics? Can we control them? And what role does diversity play in our daily lives? We can use the Identity Wheel that Johnson provides for us that helps make sense of our social characteristics and how people perceive one another. The inner wheel identifies traits that one can’t usually change such has our age, gender, race and sexual orientation. Often, these uncontrollable characteristics allow our judgmental society to make sense of who we are, making them the foundation for privilege or oppression. On the outer wheel, our education, income, work background, marital and parental status, as well as geographic location are things that we are more likely to control, but can still have everlasting effects on how society views us. Often times, depending on the scale of oppression (how seriously the inner wheel has allowed society to define you), the outer wheel can be very difficult to change which gives the inner
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