My Privileges

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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 Illinois State University. If you participate in this blog game, they ask that you PLEASE acknowledge their copyright.

Bold the true statements.

1. Father went to college
2. Father finished college

3. Mother went to college
4. Mother finished college
[SL: Mom certainly had all the talent necessary but none of the money.]
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.

[SL: My parents have had, since they moved in their current house when I was 3, a room that serves as a library.]
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

[SL: Swimming, ballet, tennis (I sucked), flute (I sucked at that too.) One at a time, though.]
12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
[SL: If by that we mean middle-class white people in general, yes. If we mean the kind of bookish overweight nerd I am, then no.]
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
[SL: They paid for 3/4 of my undergrad degree. I paid for my master’s myself. That probably makes it 50-50, especially since the master’s in the U.S. was more expensive than the bachelor’s in Canada.]
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
[SL: I considered myself privileged to have escaped that! Instead, we went camping as a family and had a great time.]
18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18
19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels
[SL: Again, I consider myself more privileged that they didn’t!]
20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
[SL: But my sister inherited a lot of my clothes.]
21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
22. There was original art in your house when you were a child
[SL: Nothing very expensive, but it was in fact art.]
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 a 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

16 out of 34. Clearly, a lot of the questions also have to do with age — phone, car, credit card, etc. are more prevalent now than for people my age (42).

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