Priviledge / Starting Line
Type of Activity: Diversity, Incentive driven actions
Props Needed: Pieces of candy, fake dollar bills
Set Up: Come up with a definition for the word privilege with the group before starting the activity. After the group has come up with a definition, give them one of the two examples here:
Ex 1. A right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor: prerogative: especially: such a right or immunity attached specifically to a position or an office
Ex 2. A right enjoyed by a person beyond the common advantages of others. A special right granted to persons in authority, a prerogative.
Process: Line everyone up, shoulder to shoulder. Then read the following:
- If your family owns more than one car, take a step forward.
- If you have ever been discriminated against based on gender or race, take a step back. If not, take a step forward.
- If you have ever traveled out of the country take a step forward.
- If your parents own their house, take a step forward.
- If you can easily find role models of your own race, take a step forward—if not, take a step back.
- If you are confident in your academic abilities, take a step forward.
- If you are happy with your physical appearance, take a step forward.
- At the end of the last statement, hold up a piece of candy, dollar bill, or some prize and tell the students to race for it. See who is able to grab the prize first.
- What might this dollar symbolize?
- Was it fair that certain people were closer to the dollar than others? Why?
- Why might some people have more privilege than others?
- Can you identify privileges that some people have that others may not?
- Where does privilege come from?
- Do you think you have privilege?
- What can we do about privilege?
Make sure you give the participants all a piece of candy/fake dollar at the end of the activity.
For more resources see: Setting the Conflict Compass
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