Privilege Part 3

1. I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of
my race
most of the time.

2. I can avoid spending time with people whom I was trained to
and who have learned to mistrust my kind or me.

3. If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting
or purchasing
housing in an area which I can afford and in which I would want to live.

4. I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location
will be
neutral or pleasant to me.

5. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well
assured that
I will not be followed or harassed.

6. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of
the paper
and see people of my race widely represented.

7. When I am told about our national heritage or about
I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.

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

9. If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher
for this
piece on white privilege.

10. I can be pretty sure of having my voice heard in a group
in which
I am the only member of my race.

11. I can be casual about whether or not to listen to another
voice in a group in which s/he is the only member of his/her race.

12. I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music
of my race
represented, into a supermarket and find the staple foods which fit
my cultural traditions, into a hairdresser’s shop and find someone who
cut my hair.

13. Whether I use checks, credit cards or cash, I can count on
my skin
color not to work against the appearance of financial reliability.

14. I can arrange to protect my children most of the time from
who might not like them.

15. I do not have to educate my children to be aware of
systemic racism
for their own daily physical protection.

16. I can be pretty sure that my children’s teachers and
employers will
tolerate them if they fit school and workplace norms; my chief worries
them do not concern others’ attitudes toward their race.

17. I can talk with my mouth full and not have people put this
down to
my color.

18. I can swear, or dress in second hand clothes, or not
answer letters,
without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the
or the illiteracy of my race.

19. I can speak in public to a powerful male group without
putting my
race on trial.

20. I can do well in a challenging situation without being
called a credit
to my race.

21. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial

22. I can remain oblivious of the language and customs of
persons of
color who constitute the world’s majority without feeling in my culture
any penalty for such oblivion.

23. I can criticize our government and talk about how much I
fear its
policies and behavior without being seen as a cultural outsider.

24. I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to the “person
charge”, I will be facing a person of my race.

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

26. I can easily buy posters, post-cards, picture books,
greeting cards,
dolls, toys and children’s magazines featuring people of my race.

27. I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong
to feeling
somewhat tied in, rather than isolated, out-of-place, outnumbered,
held at a distance or feared.

28. I can be pretty sure that an argument with a colleague of
race is more likely to jeopardize her/his chances for advancement than
jeopardize mine.

29. I can be pretty sure that if I argue for the promotion of
a person
of another race, or a program centering on race, this is not likely to
me heavily within my present setting, even if my colleagues disagree

30. If I declare there is a racial issue at hand, or there
isn’t a racial
issue at hand, my race will lend me more credibility for either
than a person of color will have.

31. I can choose to ignore developments in minority writing
and minority
activist programs, or disparage them, or learn from them, but in any
I can find ways to be more or less protected from negative consequences
of any of these choices.

32. My culture gives me little fear about ignoring the
perspectives and
powers of people of other races.

33. I am not made acutely aware that my shape, bearing or body
odor will
be taken as a reflection on my race.

34. I can worry about racism without being seen as
self-interested or

35. I can take a job with an affirmative action employer
without having
my co-workers on the job suspect that I got it because of my race.

36. If my day, week or year is going badly, I need not ask of
each negative
episode or situation whether it had racial overtones.

37. I can be pretty sure of finding people who would be
willing to talk
with me and advise me about my next steps, professionally.

38. I can think over many options, social, political,
imaginative or
professional, without asking whether a person of my race would be
or allowed to do what I want to do.

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

40. I can choose public accommodation without fearing that
people of
my race cannot get in or will be mistreated in the places I have chosen.

41. I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help, my
race will
not work against me.

42. I can arrange my activities so that I will never have to
feelings of rejection owing to my race.

43. If I have low credibility as a leader I can be sure that
my race
is not the problem.

44. I can easily find academic courses and institutions which
give attention
only to people of my race.

45. I can expect figurative language and imagery in all of the
arts to
testify to experiences of my race.

46. I can chose blemish cover or bandages in “flesh” color
and have them more or less match my skin.

47. I can travel alone or with my spouse without expecting
or hostility in those who deal with us.

48. I have no difficulty finding neighborhoods where people
approve of
our household.

49. My children are given texts and classes which implicitly
our kind of family unit and do not turn them against my choice of

50. I will feel welcomed and “normal” in the usual walks of
public life, institutional and social.