April 10, 2017
A University of Minnesota residence hall posted a bulletin board for students, offering them 11 ways to identify their “white privilege.”
A photo of the 11-point “White Privilege Checklist” was sent to Campus Reform by a student at the school.
Here’s a sampling of what it says:
|2. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.
7. Whether I use checks, credit cards, or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial responsibility.
The student who took the photo, Evan Christenson, said he believed the display crossed a line and he lamented a growing “double standard” when it comes to free speech on campus.
The items on the list come from a longer compilation developed in 1988 by Peggy McIntosh, a women’s-studies scholar at Wellesley.
Statement 5 goes on to imply that children of color are not able to learn about their race in the education system, saying white schoolchildren experience privilege through exposure to “curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.”
“I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented,” statement 6 begins, adding that privilege also means finding “the food I grew up with” at the supermarket and encountering “someone who can deal with my hair” at a salon.