If you are a white male take one step forward. If your parents did not grow up in the United States take a step back. If you were born in the United States take a step forward. These are some of the questions one might hear at a Privilege Walk, which is an activity held at many universities in order to "provide participants with an opportunity to understand the intricacies of privilege" (Young, 2006). Questions such as these are asked to participating students who stand shoulder to shoulder in a straight line. Students take steps forward when their answers to questions indicate that they have received a perceived advantage. They take steps back when they affirm that they grew up with hardships and face discrimination. By the end, the students in the front of the room are there because they are supposedly more privileged than the students behind them.
"Lessons In Injustice: Privilege Walks,"
The Intellectual Standard:
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