NOTE TO SELF, BASED ON QUAKER TESTIMONIES OF INTEGRITY, SIMPLICITY, PEACE, EQUALITY, AND COMMUNITY:

1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul, and your neighbor as yourself.
2. Do what you say, say what you think, think what is true.
3. Subtract superfluities from your life, speech, desires and thoughts.
4. Don't initiate aggression against the persons or property of others, nor support people who do, including the people who "constitute" the government.
5. Respect life and natural law.
6. All people are endowed by their Creator with equal and inalienable rights to the earth and to the fruits of their own labor, and a "Citizen's Dividend" funded by a "Single Tax" on the unimproved value of land and other natural resources would be the fairest way to protect these rights.

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

What Privileges Do I Have?

Jeanne at her Social Class & Quakers blog suggests the following blog game based on an exercise developed by some folks at Illinois State University, where you highlight / boldface possible indicators of privilege. Here's my list:

Father went to college (father was in prison when we were very young; mother died when I was 2; raised by aunt and uncle)
Father finished college
Mother went to college (aunt who raised us went for a couple years but quit when she took me and my brother in)
Mother finished college
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
Were read children's books by a parent
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18 (swimming)
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
Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs (I'm still paying for all of it, except for what the G.I. Bill covered)
Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
Went to a private high school
Went to summer camp (one week wrestling camp in high school)
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
Had a phone in your room before you turned 18
You and your family lived in a single family house (we moved from apartment and lived with grandmother at her house after age 8 or 9)
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home (not sure what mortgage status was; house was left to aunt after grandmother passed away when I was 10 or 11)
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
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
Went on a cruise with your family
Went on more than one cruise with your family
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up (remember going to King Tut exhibit in Chicago)
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family