privilege meme

Here’s my version of the privilege meme that’s going around (see Michael’s and Chanel’s versions).

Privilege meme: Bold the items that apply to you.
1. Father went to college
2. Father finished college (on a football scholarship)

3. Mother went to college
4. Mother finished college (nope — she wanted to do the have-the-kids thing right away)
5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor (nope — mostly farmers and blue collar workers)
6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home (we might not have had that many, actually)
8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
9. Were read children’s books by a parent (if they did, I don’t remember it)
10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18 (bluegrass banjo!)
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
13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18 (got one when I was about 20, though)
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 (they paid for my upper division years (which cost only $500 a semester)… my first two years were at a community college, and in California, that is/was FREE)
16. Went to a private high school
17. Went to summer camp (oh, yeah — did the whole girls scout camper, C.I.T, then counselor thing)
18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18
19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels (we stayed with relatives or in an RV (my dad worked for an RV manufacturer))
20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 (not all of it — some of it my mom sewed)
21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them (nope — I got the hand-me-down, but that was great because it was a 1967 Ford Mustang)
22. There was original art in your house when you were a child
23. You and your family lived in a single-family house
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
27. Participated in a 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 (first flew when I was two months old, to see my grandparents — or, for them to see me)
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
34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family

I was also lucky enough to spend a summer in Norway, Scotland, and England when I was 21 (staying with a penpal).

Lots of opportunities and privileges. No bootstraps here.


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