What Privileges Do You Have?

Besomami just completed this meme 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.
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Directions: Bold the statements that apply to you.

Father went to college.
Father finished college.
Mother went to college.
Mother finished college.

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

Had more than 500 books in your childhood home.
Were read children’s books by a parent.
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18 (assuming that sports count).
Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18 (assuming that sports count).

The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively.
Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18.
Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs.
Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs.
Went to a private high school.
Went to summer camp.
Had a private tutor before you turned 18.
Family vacations involved staying at hotels.
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18.
Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them.
There was original art in your house when you were a child.
You and your family lived in a single-family house.
Your parents owned their own house or apartment before you left home.
You had your own room as a child.

You had a phone in your room before you turned 18.
Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course.
Had your own TV in your room in high school.
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college.
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16.
Went on a cruise with your family.
Went on more than one cruise with your family.
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up.
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family.

A Few Observations: I did something like this with the youth and adults that I lead in Appalachia. Our purpose was to talk about our own background. I have a great game about this that I still use when I have the opportunity to talk about economic justice -- and yet, this reminds me of family dynamics as well. For me, these answers largely involve my family situation. For example: I don't know what my father would have done if he couldn't have sent us to after school lessons. They were all after school programs connected with the community center or the after school program, but they were needed. (I'm justifying my affluence.) I also come from a family of artists. The idea that people would hang artwork on the walls of their home that wasn't done by someone related to them was beyond me for most my youth. I'm also surprised that the occupations are limited to doctor, lawyer and professor. I come from a family of bankers and architects. Really, I think that's the same. Oh, and my family had a summer home (though it was and still is officially my grandparents) so the thought of going anywhere else was unheard of. We went to this amazing house. The last statement is italicized because I don't know that I wasn't aware. We did struggle with money. But, I was a lucky kid.

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