The pop-quiz is comprised of questions that help set a context for discussing this thing called White privilege and serves to help people understand what it means to possess it. The quiz is meant to dispel any mystery or skepticism about the existence of privilege for those who have never given it much, if any, thought. After all, the number one privilege of whiteness is to not have to think about it, therein denying its existence.
Each chapter begins with a multiple-choice question meant to reveal, inform and inspire more questions about whiteness and the system invented to promote whiteness than you have ever entertained before. The hope is that perhaps the quiz will point you in a new direction ---to think more deeply and behave more consciously.
The following is a brief excerpt from a chapter in The White Privilege Pop Quiz: The Test You Can't Fail. Since its' original posting in February 2012, over 100,000 people have taken the survey. Why is that a big deal? Simply because there is the potential that 100,000 people have seen something in themselves that they didn't know existed before. Please tweet, post, blog, incorporate it in your news coverage, share it with your classroom and pass on. Although this is not a cu
Yesterday I was musing about the unconscious arrogance of pretty young women who believe they will enjoy the world of privilege and power afforded to them by beauty -- forever. It seems all it takes is a 40th birthday to notice the expiration date on the 'all access pass.' Not unlike wealthy men who cannot conceive of operating in the world without the limitless advantages of the double platinum American Express -- until it is revoked. Like young John Mayer who just recently
Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, there was a 17-fold increase in hate crimes directed against Arab Americans from the previous year, and while current national and local headlines suggest that the attacks continue, not all make the news. Not all hate crimes result in physical injury or death, and research suggests that verbal assaults, even though they are clearly not hate crimes, are the most common form of abuse. And for many, what can be experienced as ha