Class privilege meme

/ 10 February 2008

I’m a little late catching on to this one, but there’s a been a “privilege quiz” circulating on the net since January. I think it’s really an interesting little piece, and definitely worth taking a look at. There is a nice summary of some responses to the quiz at the blog where it began. What follows are my own responses to the items. I have to admit, I was surprised by some of the things on the list, because I’d name them far more than mere “privilege,” but actually “wealth.” Still, perhaps things have changed a WHOLE lot since I was in high school and college?

The way the quiz works, is that if you're doing this in person, you step forward out of the group if the statement is true for you. On the web, you BOLD the statement. So here goes for me (and remember it's asking if this were true when you were in college):

When you were in college:

If your father went to college, take a step forward.
If your father finished college
If your mother went to college
If your mother finished college
If you have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
If you were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
If you had a computer at home
If you had your own computer at home
If you had more than 50 books at home
If you had more than 500 books at home
If were read children’s books by a parent
If you ever had lessons of any kind
If you had more than two kinds of lessons
If the people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
If you had a credit card with your name on it
If you have less than $5000 in student loans
If you have no student loans
If you went to a private high school
If you went to summer camp
If you had a private tutor
If you have been to Europe
If your family vacations involved staying at hotels
If all of your clothing has been new and bought at the mall
If your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
If there was original art in your house
If you had a phone in your room
If you lived in a single family house
If your parent own their own house or apartment
If you had your own room
If you participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
If you had your own cell phone in High School
If you had your own TV in your room in High School
If you opened a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
If you have ever flown anywhere on a commercial airline
If you ever went on a cruise with your family
If your parents took you to museums and art galleries
If you were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family.