Activity 1: Considering Privilege and Advantage
Activity time: 15 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Newsprint, markers, and tape
Description of Activity
Invite participants to brainstorm a list of the advantages (e.g., benefits, perks, free passes, and so on) that people in each of the following groups enjoy. Write the list on newsprint, repeating the responses aloud.
- People who write with their "right hand" (possible responses include chairs, tables, scissors made to fit them)
- Tall people (possible responses include easier access to items in public spaces, "sexier," "more powerful")
- People with college degrees (possible responses include higher-paying jobs and access to a "power" network)
- Wealthy people (possible responses include less stress about basic needs and assumptions about being smarter)
Invite comments, observations, and discussion about the lists you have generated, with these questions:
- Who decides that an advantage exists?
- How does society perpetuate these advantages?
- Did these people "earn" or "inherit" these advantages?