Posted by: Andy | February 7, 2008

the privilege meme

So I found this…hmm where did I find it. I think my google reader suggested I check out racialicious because, well, for whatever reason it suggested I check it out. Perhaps it felt I was in need of racialightenment or something. Anyway, so digging around there led me to somewhere, which led me to somewhere else I’ve long forgotten. Once at said place, I read a post about the “privilege meme” that is going around. Evidently it’s some kind of demonstration used in classes (high school? college?) to teach people about privilege. I think you’re supposed to take one step forward each time a statement is true about your situation.

Since taking steps would just be silly in this context (I tried, and wound up almost crushing my monitor), I’ve opted to follow the standard blog treatment and bold the statements that are true about my life. So here we go:

Father went to college – I think he did for a little bit, to be a chicken farmer (yes, seriously).
Father finished college
Mother went to college
Mother finished college – 2 year degree or AA degree maybe, I’ll have to ask. Could be 4 year for all I know. Sad isn’t it? I promise I knew at one point, and have since forgotten along with all the other useful info that went when the regular sleeping stopped.
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers – I guess.
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home – I guess, I didn’t really count.
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
Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
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
Had a phone in your room before you turned 18 – I *think* I had a phone.
You and your family lived in a single family house – Except for my dad, who lived in an apartment/townhouse for a couple of years.
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
You had your own room as a child
Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
Had your own TV in your room in High School – I don’t remember, but maybe, so I’ll just say yes.
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 – 8 months before I turned 16 went on family vacation to Puerto Vallarta. It was whenever Curt Cobain died.
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 – Of course, I did live in California, where heating bills aren’t that bad.

I guess I’m 15/34 (44%!) privileged. Suck it!

I won’t deny I was better off than others. Someone’s got to be in the middle. It’s interesting though, I guess as a child you always focus on what you don’t have rather than what you have, because I remember that it seemed like most people had more than me at the time. I guess it depends on what categories you use for comparison. I don’t see anything in there about divorce or single parent households, or income, which I would expect to figure into privilege – but maybe that’s just a cause and the effects are marked above.

If you feel compelled to play the game, copy the lines above and re-bold whatever applies to you.



  1. This post shows how much you read my blog and/or check my blogroll. I’ve had racialicious on there the whole time and you’ve never checked it out once? Not to mention the numerous times I’ve discussed something I’ve found on there with you.

  2. OOOooooooooooooooooooooooo….*eggs on sister*


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