Privilege Meme

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. To participate, bold the items that apply to you.

  1. Father went to college
  2. Father finished college (Nearly completed a Masters)
  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 (All through the school, but tons of music and choral lessons)
  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 (Girls’ Camp and EFY like a good LDS girl)
  18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18
  19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels (We only ever went on 1 family vacation–camping on the beach at Virginia Beach. That ended after 1 night and into a motel we went.)
  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 from them
  22. There was original art in your house when you were a child (My parents are both artists!)
  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 (most of the time–we moved alot!)
  26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18 (but only because Dad knew how to manipulate the system. . .)
  27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course (does buying the book count?)
  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. I never knew the heating bills, but I definitely knew how much the food and rent was each month. 

It’s interesting to see what is considered “privilege” and what is not.  I grew up in a conscientiously poor family, because we had to make under a certain amount so that Medicare would take care of my Mother’s health care expenses.  And money was always tight, but we somehow managed.

About jaimeanne

I'm me. Graphic designer extraordinaire, urban master teacher of social studies, former adjunct professor, high school principal, and now most importantly-- Mom to the cutest little girl ever. I try to live by the quote, "Work like you don't need money, Love like you've never been hurt, And dance like no one's watching." I believe in Christ, and sometimes I'm just trying to figure out what He wants me to do. This blog chronicles that journey.
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