The privelege meme that’s been going around is a real eye-opener. Not because I learned how priveleged I was growing up, but because, apparently we were underpriveleged. And I had no idea – I thought we were doing just fine.
Now, to be fair, some of the questions just don’t apply because I’m an old dude. NOBODY had computers in their houses when I was a teen. Flying wasn’t quite as common-place as it is now. Only the rich had credit cards back then.But, one cool thing.
The next time someone lazily tells me I’m approaching an argument from a position of privelege, I’ll point them here. Now, they can claim I have my conservative positions because I was raised po’ white trash.Positive answers are bolded and red. “Maybes” are italic and gray. Everything else is negative. All were as of age 18.
If your father went to college before you started
If your father finished college before you started
If your mother went to college before you started
If your mother finished college before you started
If you have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
If your family was the same or higher class than your high school teachers
If you had a computer at home when you were growing up
If you had your own computer at home when you were growing up
If you had more than 50 books at home when you were growing up
If you had more than 500 books at home when you were growing up
If were read children’s books by a parent when you were growing up
If you ever had lessons of any kind as a child or a teen*
If you had more than two kinds of lessons as a child or a teen
If the people in the media who dress and talk like you were portrayed positively**
If you had a credit card with your name on it before college
If you had or will have less than $5000 in student loans when you graduate
If you had or will have no student loans when you graduate
If you went to a private high school
If you went to summer camp***
If you had a private tutor
(US students only) If you have been to Europe more than once as a child or teen
(International question) If you have been to the US more than once as a child or teen
If your family vacations involved staying at hotels rather than KOA or at relatives homes+
If all of your clothing has been new
If your parents gave you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
If there was original art in your house as a child or teen
If you had a phone in your room
If your parent owned their own house or apartment when you were a child or teen****
If you had your own room as a child or teen
If you participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
If you had your own cell phone in High School
If you had your own TV as a child or teen
If you opened a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
If you have ever flown anywhere on a commercial airline
If you ever went on a cruise with your family
If your parents took you to museums and art galleries as a child or teen
If you were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family++
*I say maybe because I think the meme-makers meant things like piano lessons and other such things. My brothers and I were expected to be involved in team sports from about age 8. So, if you want to include basketball, football and baseball, then the answer to this one is yes. Otherwise, no.
**Southern white males. In the seventies? Are you kidding me? We were the second most portrayed bad guys, right behind Nazis. Haven’t the meme-makers ever heard of Norman Lear?
***Once again, I think the meme-makers are talking about something entirely different, but I did go to 4-H camp in 4th grade. It is still one of the greatest memories of my life. My parent’s bankruptcy came not too long after that, so I always remember it with a tinge of sadness and guilt.
****Between the bankruptcy and my senior year in HS, we lived in apartments or rental houses. But, there was home ownership for a while.
++Are you kidding me? My mom would show me the electric bill every time I’d leave the door open for too long.
+They were”motels”,but yeah.