In typical binary fashion, though, I tend to lump the rest of humanity into another, opposite group, colloquially referred to as assholes. These people wear tee shirts that say "Straight Pride," put rape jokes as their Facebook statuses, and discuss race with vocabulary typically reserved for oblivious grandparents and YouTube commenters. These people are upsetting, and presumably reached infrequently by opinion-changing dialogues about privilege.
Today, however, I realized that a third group also exists. In my class called Reading Cultures, the assignment was to read Zora Neale Hurston's book Mules and Men, a collection of African-American folktales, voodoo customs, and superstitions written primarily in African-American Vernacular English. In the discussion section following the reading, I cringed as my preodominately-white group of classmates fumbled to find the proper words to discuss race with tact. Phrases like African-Ameican came out sounding awkward. An us/them dichotomy made frequent appearances. The conversation was uncomfortable, but undoubtedly good natured. These people didn't fall into the group accustomed to discussing privilege, but they most certainly were not bigoted assholes.
I think in discussing privilege it's important to remember this group of people, those with noble intentions, but lacking in adequate devices to enter the conversation. This group could easily be converted to Team Thoughtful Opinion if only they were educated on the topic of privilege. I'm not advocating some extreme degree of political correctness. I don't believe that euphemisms and minced-words lead to real understanding between groups. What I would love to see is some sort of primer on sensitivity introduced at a young age. I'm not talking about corny multicolored-people-holding-hands-around-the-globe type stuff, more like a basic introduction to the vocabulary needed for discussing privilege with tact. I think that if people knew how to address these often-uncomfortable topics with grace, massive amounts of progress could be achieved.