I am not sure the exact origin of these 35 questions. I know this has been used in the past as a group activity, so that people can start talking about what privilege means. However, it also has it's detractors; folks who feel that in a group setting these "privilege walks rely on the experiences of people with marginalized identities to create a powerful learning experience for people with privilege."
For the record? I'm okay with that. Without information, people do not evolve. If something I have experienced helps someone become a better person? I'm comfortable with that. Get my meaning?
For the next few weeks, we'll be taking on seven questions from the quiz. Explain your answers if you wish, but do keep tally of your points, as we'll share the overall total at the end of week five.
How the quiz works: it's quite simple: for the purposes of these posts, to avoid confusion, we'll be adding or subtracting points, rather than steps. Again... be sure to keep track of your points week to week so you can calculate your total at the end of the 35 questions.
8/ If you can go anywhere in the country, and easily find the kinds of hair products you need and/or cosmetics that match your skin color, plus one point. If not, minus one.
9/ If you were embarrassed about your clothes or house while growing up, minus one, if not, plus one.
10/ If you can make mistakes and not have people attribute your behavior to flaws in your racial/gender group, plus one point. If not, minus one.
11/ If you can legally marry the person you love, regardless of where you live, plus one point. If not? Minus one point.
Well, we'll see if this remains true... with SCOTUS surely stacked against us? I have a feeling gay marriage is on the block soon, but time will tell. For now?
12/ If you were born in a developed country, plus one point. If not, minus one.
13/ If you or your parents have ever gone through a divorce, minus one point. If not, plus one.
14/ If you felt like you had adequate access to healthy food growing up, plus one point. If not, minus one.