Note: Many people feel uncomfortable completing this exercise, so if you feel this way, you are certainly not alone! Some report feeling grateful after this exercise; others may be angry. The purpose of this exercise is not to suggest that you haven\’t earned your achievements. Rather, it\’s meant to encourage us to consider the ways in which we have certain privileges that other people don\’t (i.e. the privileges that come along with living in an industrialized democracy, such as access to modern medicine, education, etc.). In other words, this is an exercise in considering what it may be like to be someone from a different race, class, gender, religion, nationality, sexuality, etc. This is a safe space to discuss these issues, and I encourage you to be open in your response about how you\’re feeling as you complete this exercise.
Read the following piece by Peggy McIntosh entitled \”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack\” (link here). Then, answer the following questions:
Describe at least one \”unearned\” privilege that you\’ve experienced in your own life. It can be something that\’s listed in the McIntosh piece, or something that is not included in her list. Explain what the privilege is and how you have benefitted from it, even though it is not something you specifically sought to obtain
How would you update this list, if at all? Are there any privileges that are outdated or no longer relevant? Are there any privileges you would add? Explain your thought process
How did you feel as you read through this list? Why?
Remember that to receive full credit on this assignment, you need to (1) cite the textbook, and (2) cite an outside source (the article provided here does not count as an outside source).
***Citations – This Week Only***
This week, you have three options to satisfy the Evidence portion of the rubric:
Stick with the traditional Evidence requirements (1 citation from the textbook, 1 citation from an outside source, not including the McIntosh article listed above)
Use both of the sources below
Use 1 citation from the textbook, and 1 of the sources below
Harvard University\’s Implicit Association Test: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html
The Implicit Association Test (IAT) is a highly trusted measure for assessing your associations between two concepts. The test is often used to look for subconscious bias in a variety of areas, such as race, gender, or sexuality. In order to receive points for citing this source, you should (1) take the test of your choice, and (2) provide a brief (1-2 sentence) summary of your results
Buzzfeed\’s \”What is Privilege\” Activity: https://www.buzzfeed.com/dayshavedewi/what-is-privilege?utm_term=.ukXwAN5Jb3#.raQrvgxPAo
This piece includes a short video on how to think about privilege on a variety of dimensions (i.e. race, gender, ability, sexual orientation). This is a helpful resource for those who may have difficulty thinking of unearned privileges of their own