Examining Privilege and Social Class

I found this at History is Elementary, who found The Privilege Meme over at Confessions From the Couch.  The meme comes 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, and Stacy Ploskonka of Illinois State University.

If you participate in this blog game, PLEASE acknowledge their copyright. To participate, copy and paste, then unbold my responses to make your own.

Bold the items that apply to you:

  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 (music, art, etc.)

  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 from them.

  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 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.

Geez, this was kind of depressing!  lol  As kids, we each had a small b&w tv.  My father was a skilled-worker, but it was seasonal work.  His work took him to many different job sights, and there were often men selling things out of their trunks.  He often told us that it was important to “help others when you can.”  If he had money in his pocket, as his contribution to these men (I have no idea if they were friends or not), he’d buy things from them.  My tv lasted until I was well into my 30’s!

The airline flight was one-way.  My little brother (7 yrs.) and I (9 yrs) visited our Aunt & Uncle in another state.  My brother was terribly homesick, so my parents drove all night (cue the background music) to rescue us.  On the trip home, our car broke down in the middle of the desert!  We hitch-hiked (my parents and their four children) to Las Vegas and had to stay in a motel.  This was in the old days, so they had to order the necessary repair parts from the big city (probably LA).  As a result, we had to spend a couple of nights there and I’m pretty sure this is the only time my family ever stayed in a motel together. 

As the eldest, I was always aware of the utility bills, rent, groceries, clothing, medical/dental bills, birthdays/holidays — all of it.  My parents were burdened by their inability to provide in the manner they believed appropriate, so this was a great stressor on the whole family.

If you’d like to do this meme, please make sure to honor the copyright and give credit to the authors listed above.  Does anyone have access to ERIC  or another academic database so we can give them an accurate citation?  Also, if you take the time to do this, I’d love it if you’d leave a message so I could see your results. 


~ by byrningbunny on April 23, 2008.

11 Responses to “Examining Privilege and Social Class”

  1. This is by Will Barratt, Minnette Huck, Meagan Cahill, Stacy Ploskonka, Drew Lurker, Angie Carlen who are at Indiana State University, and is designed originally as a staff development experience for US college students.

  2. Fantastic catch for SWF! mine’s up too, hope you can drop by. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

  3. nice shot for SWF! mine’s up too, hope you’ll visit. Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Nice Sunset photo.

  5. Beautiful

  6. very nice photo happy sw

  7. Beautiful SWF.

  8. Lovely shot of your sky. Have a wonderful weekend…

  9. What a wonderful picture you have here.
    Thanks for your visit and comment.Have a nice weekend.

  10. Great shot for SWF!

  11. Beautiful scene. 🙂

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