Dinosaur, Friends, and Fucking: Yesterday at 4:31 PM-
I was sitting outside Hot Topic. I was wearing my Falling In Reverse hoodie and
my checkerboard vans. This girl came up to me and said hey while biting her
sleeve. Her hair was big and fluffy with a checkerboard bow in it. I said hey
back. "Shhhhhh," she said while pulling out a bunch of markers from her hoodie
pocket: T'M GONNA MAKE YOU AN ART NOW GRRRRR," she shouted as
she was coloring my shoes. I looked down at her while she was humming and
making bubble noises. TA-DAAAAA, she said after finishing coloring my
shoes. I told her I loved it and that she was a high level dinosaur. She giggled
We both were biting on our sleeves together. Looking at each other deep in the
eyes. "Let's go get SMOOTHIESSssS," she said. But I didn't have any money
She insisted on paying for it. We went to get smoothies. And one of her friends
showed up. He had straitened black and BLONDE hair, with snake bites,
better skinny jeans than me, and a fucking ukulele with him. He RAWRED at
her and she rawred back. I'm not about to go down like this. So I started to
Bree Bree." He started playing a Never Shout Never song. So I did a crabcore
stance and Bree breed again. He started to retreat. I grabbed her hand and
said, "we are out of here." I won this fight. I am a gangster
Being Alone, Books, and Children: White Privilege Checklist
Peggy McIntosh, Associate Director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women,
describes white privilege as "an invisible package of unearned assets, which I can count on cashing
in each day, but about which I was meant to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible
weightless knapsock of special provisions, maps, passports, code books, visas, clothes, tools, and
blank checks" (McIntosh, 1989)
The following are examples of ways white individuals have privilege because they are white. Please
read the list and place a check next to the privileges that apply to you or that you have
encountered. At the end, try to list at least two more ways you have privilege based on youn
1. I can arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time
2. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed
3. Ican turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my
race widely represented
When I am told about our national heritage or about "civilization," I am shown that people
of my color made it what it is.
I can be sure that my children will be given 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, into a
supermarket and find the food I grew up with, into a hairdressers shop and find someone
who can deal with my hair
Whether I use checks, credit cards, or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work
against the appearance of financial responsibility.
I am not made acutely aware that my shape, bearing, or body odor will be taken as a
reflection on my race.
9. I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking.
10. I can take a job or enroll in a college with an affirmative action policy without having my
co-workers or peers assume I got it because of my race.
11. I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.
_12. I can choose public accommodation without fearing that people of my race cannot get in
or will be mistreated.
13. I am never asked to speak for all of the people of my racial group
14. I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk with the person in charge" I will be facing a
person of my race.
-- 15. If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven't
been singled out because of my race.
16. I can easily by posters, postcards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys, and
children's magazines featuring people of my race.
17. I can choose blemish cover or bandages in "flesh" color and have them more or less match
18. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.
19. I can walk into a classroom and know I will not be the only member of my race.
_ 20. l can enroll in a class at college and be sure that the majority of my professors will be of
acial privilege is only one forms of privilege. What are other examples of privilege? (e.g., privilege based on
sexual orientation, class, and religion). Can you think of ways one might have privilege based on these
ctors? (e.g, that you do not have to worry about being verbally or physically harassed because of your
xual orientation; or you can be sure that your religious holiday will be acknowledged and represented in
displays, classroom discussions, etc.). Please list these forms of privilege.
Future, Never, and Thought: "Oh, they never lie. They dissemble, evade, prevaricate, confound, confuse, distract,
obscure, subtly misrepresent and wilfully misunderstand with what often appears to be a
positively gleeful relish and are generally perfectly capable of contriving to give one an
utterly unambiguous impression of their future course of action while in fact intending to
do exactly the opposite, but they never lie. Perish the thought.