Students Given “White Privilege Checklist” to Complete for Extra Credit

According to the College Fix, students at San Diego State University were given a “White Privilege Checklist” to fill out and return for extra credit in their fall sociology class.

Professor Dae Elliott handed out the optional assignment this week, encouraging her students to peruse the list of 20 questions and answer them to determine just how much they were benefiting from…being white in America.

So what are some of the ways whites have an advantage over other races? You’ll be amazed. If you’re white, feel free to read some of these True/False statements and see for yourself just how LUCKY you were to win the genetic lottery.

From the assignment:

The following are examples of ways white individuals have privilege because they are white. Please read the list and place a check next to the privileges that apply to you or that you have encountered. At the end, try to list at least two more ways you have privilege based on your race.

Now here are some of the most astounding examples:

I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.

Um, wouldn’t your children’s existence be testimony enough of that fact?

I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented…

Because this is something black people struggle with, circa 2017? The hardest part is finding a “music shop” in the first place.

I can take a job or enroll in a college with an affirmative action policy without having my co-workers or peers assume I got it because of my race.

Hey, we know a quick way we could eliminate this particular form of white privilege!

I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.

Is this a White Privilege Checklist or a psychological exam? Because if you’re black, Hispanic, what-have-you, and you’re worried that your tardiness will be held against “your people,” that says more about what’s buzzing around in your head than the problems of SOCIETY.

If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race.

Depends on the administration in Washington, quite frankly. Depends on where you are and in what town. But we’ll concede that this is the closest the checklist comes to identifying an actual problem.

But the far bigger problem is that minorities in this country are being taught that all of their troubles begin and end with white racism. If it weren’t for all of these whites walking around with their “invisible knapsacks” full of privilege, their lives would be bountiful and full. Until they realize that isn’t true – that their lives are already bountiful and full (or at least can be as soon as they want them to be), there will be no significant change as to their fortunes.

Unfortunately, a lot of people are making a lot of money peddling this crap.


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