(memes) What Privileges Do You Have?

A quick meme while the tea cools, stolen from everyone and their brother… and their sister, and their cousins, and their housekeepers and support staff. This meme is really going around like a bad STD 🙂 or a cold in a kindergarten…

Bold means the statement is true, italic means I don’t know or it’s complicated:

  • Father went to college
  • Father finished college (Southwestern University – he was a PA (Public Accountant)
  • Mother went to college
  • Mother finished college (Washington University – she was a CPA)
  • Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
  • Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
  • Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
  • Had more than 500 books in your childhood home (Probably, but unsure… but if you add the accounting library…)
  • Were read children’s books by a parent (Probably, but I don’t remember)
  • Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18 (Hebrew, which I promptly forgot :-))
  • Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
  • The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively (for the most part)
  • Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18 (I think so… in fact, that account is still open)
  • Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs (Indirectly… I worked for them doing their client billing, and what they paid me went towards college and the mortgage)
  • Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
  • Went to a private high school
  • Went to summer camp (Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp)
  • Had a private tutor before you turned 18
  • Family vacations involved staying at hotels
  • Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
  • Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
  • There was original art in your house when you were a child (Mostly work by Ron Blumberg, one of their clients — and I babysat his grandson. Ron’s work from the 30s and 40s is starting to be valuable, but this is mostly his old mexican men series from the 1970s, which hasn’t gone up in value yet… so it’s sitting in storage… if you know a good dealer….)
  • Had a phone in your room before you turned 18 (I even still remember the number… 213.472.6688. But that was before 213 started splitting)
  • You and your family lived in a single family house for a few years (all my life)
  • Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home (well, technically the bank owned it)
  • You had your own room as a child
  • Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
  • Had your own TV in your room in High School (Something like a 13″ B/W)
  • Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College (No, but I did own some individual stocks. Again, I still have some of these, like about 30 shares of IBM)
  • Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 (St. Louis MO, to see my great-aunt)
  • Went on a cruise with your family (they went on cruises… I went to camp)
  • Went on more than one cruise with your family
  • Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up (I only remember going to the Tar Pits and Museum of Science and Industry)
  • You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family

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.