Privilege Meme

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From What Privileges Do You Have?, based on an exercise about class and privilege developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Indiana State University. If you participate in this blog game, they ask that you PLEASE acknowledge their copyright.

http://wbarratt.indstate.edu/socialclass/social_class_on_campus.htm

(Like Mer, I also feel a need to add qualifiers, for example: dad went to the local community college for a semester before joining the Air Force; lots of teachers and veterinarians in the family, both of which are highly educated and a big deal in farm country, but no people physicians or professors; I went to a private high school due to a need-based scholarship that paid for most of it; the single family vacation that didn’t involve visiting relatives did involve a hotel… technically; and I’m not sure if having a phone in my room counts as “privilege” if I had to wire it up to the family line myself)

1. Father went to college
2. Father finished college
3. Mother went to college
4. Mother finished college

5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home

9. Were read children’s books by a parent
10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs
15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
16. Went to a private high school
17. Went to summer camp
18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18
19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels
20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down
22. There was original art in your house when you were a child
23. You and your family lived in a single family house
24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
25. You had your own room as a child

26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18
27. Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
28. Had your own TV in your room in High School
29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
31. Went on a cruise with your family
32. Went on more than one cruise with your family
33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up.
34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family.

One thought on “Privilege Meme”

  1. I’m not sure if having a phone in my room counts as “privilege” if I had to wire it up to the family line myself

    I still think that counts as a privilege. When my mom was having her house built, I begged for a jack in my room, but was expressly told no. It was only after the advent of college and library internet dialup that I was allowed to drill a hole through the wall between our bedrooms and run a phone line off a splitter in her room to mine. Hm. I should think about redoing that properly for her now that I know better.

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