Privilege

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This blog-game is based on an exercise developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University as reported by Quaker and Social Class. The exercise developers hold the copyright and ask that if you participate in this blog game, you acknowledge their copyright.
Gakked from Willowgreen.  She gakked from harmonyfb  This is interesting.Bold all that are true for you (I italicized anything I wasn’t sure of — or I’m sure of but don’t consider it a status symbol):

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 guitar and piano.

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. This is confusing — who dress and talk like me now? or me then?  I suppose minivan moms are portrayed both positively AND negatively.  Same with working class kids.

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 1/2 way — I went to a program that had shared time between a Catholic (Language Arts, Social Studies, Religion) and Public high school (Math, Science, Phys Ed).

17. Went to summer camp –Girl Scout camp — every week every summer.  Mom was a girl scout leader at the camp so I’m sure that I didn’t have to pay to go.

18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18

19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels — If that’s differentiating from motels — then no we never really stayed at a “hotel.”  Super 8 with a pool was high time for us.

20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 yeah — but again — this is rather iffy.  My mom worked at the local discount store (forerunner of Wal-Mart). Let’s just say I wore a lot of polyester.  I’ve watched The George Lopez show a few times, there was one time the teenage daughter said that she wanted clothes from “A real store” and told her mom “if you’re pushing a shopping cart and he’s eating a corn dog you’re in the wrong place

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.  I’m assuming that’s not counting class projects.
23. You and your family lived in a single family house . Yeah — with my maternal grandmother and paternal grandfather.  One time when my buddy Crem and I were out towards Midway airport I drove past the old homestead.  “it’s small” yeah honey but it was crowded.

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.  My sister and I shared a room in the attic with my grandmother in the adjoining room.  So it was more for Granny’s convenience than for ours.

27. Participated in an 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. Yeah — we always went to the Museum of Science and Industry on Girl Scout Day.  It was only one bus.  We could walk to the 55th street bus and take it straight there.  Up until I was in upper elementary, then I’d take the bus there myself.  (You’d get in free with a uniform).

34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family.

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