I found this on Jose Vilson’s blog. From: What Privileges Do You Have? – based on an exercise about class and privilege developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. (If you participate in this blog game, they ask that you PLEASE acknowledge their copyright.)
I was shocked at how many I highlighted. I don’t think of myself as having had a privileged upbringing.
1. Father went to college.
2. Father finished college. (and grad school)
3. Mother went to college.
4. Mother finished college. (to become a teacher, never did though)
5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers.
7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.
8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home.
9. Were read children’s books by a parent.
10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18 assuming that sport counts.
11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18 assuming that sport counts.
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.
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
16. Went to a private high school
17. Went to summer camp (3 years)
18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18
19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels. (nothing resort-y)
20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18.
22. There was original art in your house when you were a child. (2 paintings my mother loved, and then some great stuff by a cousin)
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. (Miami Beach, to visit grandparents, and one trip to Disney Land)
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.
A lot of the $$ related ones don’t apply, but lots of the other “rich cultural environment” do. Privileged upper middle class? Not how I think of it, but certainly how it looks based on this survey.