Sunday, January 13, 2008

[Social Justice] The Privilege Meme

Found over at Sisyphean Task; check out his post to get a better idea of what this is about:

(Bold indicates that they apply to me)

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 (one week of church camp for three summers)
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

Just over half apply to me - 18/34.

Developers of this meme: Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker and Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University.


YM said...

Maybe 500.

Not all.

chris farrell said...

And the point is what? People come from diverse backgrounds. This score is completely devoid of meaning, as far as I can see.

Dennis said...


People do come diverse backgrounds. This is true.

One factor or component of that diversity is familial wealth.

The list, like the race referred to at Sisyphean Task (where I found the meme), is much a list of indicators of wealth and privilege in society. These indicators are not always obvious, and participating in the meme is one way to reveal the level and types of privilege one is raised with.

Statistically, the wealth and privilege of one's family is an important indicator of one's future economic outcome.

No, it is not binding - that much is true. But it is at the least suggestive.

Does that answer your question?

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