Monday, November 7, 2011

Am I Really Priviledged?

Tonight I had to present with another classmate on racism, white privilege, sexism, social capital and Critical Race Theory. Click here to view our presentation.

I think I mentioned in a previous post how challenging this class has been. It's also been pretty eye opening. Even though I'm a first generation college kid, I was prepped for college more than I ever realized.

  • I grew up in a college town. I was on campus way more than a high school student should have been. I was comfortable in the environment.

  • I knew there was money out there to help pay for school and I knew how to get it.

  • Even though college wasn't pushed on me by my parents or my high school, I was academically prepared for it.

  • I had family support - financial and emotional.

  • I had peer support. Most of my friends were in college at the same time.

  • I was taught the importance of social networking.

  • Most everyone around me looked like me. I was never the only white girl in the room.
This isn't the case for everyone. As a society and as individuals, we can do a better job supporting the kids that need it. We HAVE to do a better job. Kids are not disposable.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with everything you said. I had the peer support and resourses to understand what it takes to play the game. I am privileged! I don't ever want to forget it! I look forward to checking out your presentation when I get some more free moments.