Lessons from the white privilege quiz

3 years ago

I recently read an article called, "Let's Talk About White Privilege" which looks at the nuances and different results of the quiz "How Privileged Are You?" So, out of curiosity I took the quiz. I'm not naive to the fact that I grew up a very lucky girl. I mean I don't relate the any of the happenings of the kids on Gossip Girl (is that show still relevant?) but, I never wanted for anything important. So I knew what my results would tell me.

Results and the construction of the quiz aside (as Grace Hwang Lynch says, there are a few fundamental pieces of the quiz that seem to determine everything), I had one fundamental problem with the quiz. It just ended. At the end of the quiz it just says your number out of 100 and a brief few sentences to give you a synopsis of your privileged status. It did state that, "You should be aware of your advantages and work to help others who don't have them," but that's it.

I finished the quiz and thought of my own daughter. I can pretty much predict what her answers will be (or at least what I want them to be). I don't know what her sexual orientation is or what religion she will identify with. But, other than that- I pretty much know most of the answers and will strive for certain others to be truths of her life (like paying for college, helping her with bills if she needs it, maybe a car in high school).

Handprint of LoveIf in twenty years she ever takes a quiz like this, I hope there is a follow up quiz. And in this follow up quiz, I hope she can put a heck mark next to each of the following statements:

  • I volunteer my time for a nonprofit organization in my community at least once per month.
  • I fight for those who do not have the same rights as I do.
  • I advocate for those cannot afford those things which I consider "basic necessities".
  • I donate to a cause or organization I am passionate about at least three times per year.
  • I count my blessings and never take what I have for granted.
  • I stand up for those who are bullied, who are persecuted, who are called names, and who need protection.
  • I honor and respect those who have fought for my rights as a woman and who have fought for the rights of my friends and my family.
  • I know that others may choose to live their life differently than I do and I am excited by the diversity this brings to my world.
  • I acknowledge the work that my parents, my grandparents, and my great-grandparents and the many generations before them put in so that I may have what I have today.
  • I know that none of the privileges I identify with today may be here tomorrow. I will fight to ensure the freedoms of not only myself, but those around me.
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