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  • #885548

    JoB
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    I ran across another interesting quiz this morning.. how privileged are you?
    I consider myself exceedingly fortunate … and privileged.. yet on this test i scored 38 out of 100.
    I am not sure i agree completely with the premises of their scorecard.. but this did make me think about what i take for granted… how much we all take for granted.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/regajha/how-privileged-are-you?utm_term=.xe4MyxwDp#.cuZ7oDg5L

    #885557

    miws
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    You live with 53 out of 100 points of privilege.

    You’re quite privileged. You’ve had a few struggles, but overall your life has been far easier than most. This is not a bad thing, nor is it something to be ashamed of. But you should be aware of your advantages and work to help others who don’t have them. Thank you for checking your privilege.

    Sounds about right, as far as I feel about my level of privilege. I’ve definitely had my share of struggles from and early age and occasionally along the way to the present time, but am quite aware (I think) of the level of privilege I have beyond all of that.

    Mike

    #885671

    JanS
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    I was 55 out of a hundred, so the same as you Mike. Despite the health and economic challenges at the present, I am still privileged…and I think that comes from the very first question answered on the quiz. And that’s sad. People who say they aren’t privileged base it, I think, on just money – what you have, and it involves so much more.

    #885693

    miws
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    Exactly, Jan.

    Mike

    #885738

    anonyme
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    I scored 29, “not privileged”. I still feel rather privileged by virtue of having a roof over my head and food to eat. Haven’t always had those things. Not certain how much my perception is flawed by virtue of being American? On the one hand, I’m aware that having to view things like dental care or glasses as luxuries is obscene in a wealthy country such as ours. On the other hand, I think many people, even lower income ones, live gluttonous and wasteful lifestyles, overly focused on ‘stuff’.

    The survey was flawed (though most are). It focused on more popular “isms” and ignored others – such as ageism. As Mike pointed out, family and social supports contribute to our sense of well-being, but perhaps those benefits don’t come under the umbrella of ‘privilege’.

    #886178

    ledgescha
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    I scored 20, not privileged, still want more questions

    #886223

    JoB
    Participant

    i agree that the test was flawed…
    but at least it’s a starting point for discussion
    or. it could be

    #886227

    JayDee
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    Yes, I qualify for white privilege. I have been since I was born and the rest of the quiz is junk-sociological science. The majority of the questions presume and who knows what the weight is? Most people in our society are heterosexual so anyone answering differently is scored how? Most of the people in Seattle are white…Surprise! BTW I am privileged, and know it without taking a click-bait test.

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    #886338

    birdrescuer
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    I think the purpose of the test is to point out what so many people are faced with in their daily lives. Things many of us take for granted. Only person in the room of your race? Called slurs? Fear of authority? etc.

    #886354

    JoB
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    JayDee.. what one man or woman takes for granted is often seen as privileged by another.
    I think to know how privileged you are you have to have had that privilege challenged at some time.. otherwise you are unlikely to think of it.

    #886389

    newnative
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    I found a lot of the questions problematic, there were enough of them to skew the results. The first chunk of them were based on subjective perception of how you think others see you. I am not “white” but people think I am. I am not closeted, for the most part, but I’m not “out” either. I rarely ever discuss religion and it’s not brought up at my present job (though my past jobs, it was). these are things I am not overtly discriminated against but I would have no idea if I’m passed up on jobs, dates, friendships due to them. When you pass for white, straight, and Christian but don’t identify as them-what then? Part of passing is dumb luck and part of it is knowing what to say to whom.

    #886433

    Jeannie
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    I am a proud liberal, but terms like “white privilege” are probably one reason tRump won. No doubt I do have some white privilege, but think of the white guys in the Rust Belt or Bible Belt who have a lousy, underpaying job and a family to support. They’d scoff at the idea of “white privilege.”
    I wish we could avoid these trendy buzzphrases.

    #886452

    JoB
    Participant

    if we don’t examine the pattern how will we change it?
    that white guy in the rust belt or bible belt has it a whole lot better than his than his female counterpart… and far better non white counterpart..
    Yes.. we may be as a whole better off than they.. but they are as a whole far better off than minorities.. that’s white privilege.

    when you can pass.. you assume white privilege.. unless of course you don’t pass quite as well as you think you do.. or self identify as non-white

    #886477

    skeeter
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    My results are below. Extremely privileged. I suspected as much – I’ve had an incredibly easy life.

    Even when I *thought* I had it hard (riding bike to work in college in very, very cold Spokane because I had no car and no money for a car) it turns out experiences like that made me even more privileged because it taught me the importance of work and self reliance.

    I think some questions were missing. Such as the education level of parents. It seems to me that if you are white, healthy, born in the U.S., to parents who each have a college degree, you are almost guaranteed a privileged life.

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    You live with 76 out of 100 points of privilege.

    You’re among the most privileged people in the world. We don’t live in an ideal world, but you happened to be born into an ideal lot. This is not a bad thing, nor is it something to be ashamed of. It just means a lot of other people in the world don’t live life with the advantages you have, and that’s something you should always be aware of. Hey, the fact that you took the time and effort to check your privilege means that you’re already trying.

    #886492

    JoB
    Participant

    skeeter.. in study after study.. education helps .. but it still doesn’t guarantee privilege..

    #886493

    JoB
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