Activity: Thinking about privilege

Read the following statements and decides which ones apply to you or represent your experiences. Are you privileged? How are you privileged? Have you been aware of your privilege?

Yes No

I had books and was read to as a child.

I can kiss a person to whom I am attracted without being watched and stared at.

If a traffic cop pulls me over or a customs officer searches my luggage at the border, I can be sure I’ve haven’t been singled out because of my race/ethnicity.
I can be pretty sure if I ask to talk to “the person in charge” that I will face a person who speaks my language.
I have never had to use a food bank.
I have been able to attend university.
I can take public transit whenever I want or need to.
I can speak in public to a powerful male group without fear of being ridiculed, ignored or threatened.
I can worship where I want to worship and near where I live.
I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong to feeling tied in, rather than isolated, out-of-place, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance, or feared.

Sources: Some of these questions were derived or adapted from: McIntosh, White privilege and Daily Effects of Straight Privilege: http://www.sascwr.org/files/www/resources_pdfs/anti_oppression/WHITE_PRIVILEGE.pdf; http://www.safeatschool.ca/index.php?q=plm/equity-and-inclusion/understanding-sexism-racism-and-homophobia/racism/power-and-privilege-dynamics-in-racism

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