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Professor gives students quiz to determine their white privilege

Surprise! Conservatives don’t like this quiz.


Danielle Ransom


A quiz asking students to determine their level of white privilege is upsetting conservatives online.

San Diego State University professor Dae Elliot’s “White Privilege Checklist” consisted of 20 true and false questions denoting examples of how white people are given life advantages based on their skin color. Students accumulated points with each “true”; a higher score meant a high level of privilege. Questions included:

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 turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.


I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.

Students also had to give other examples of privilege based on gender and sexuality. Extra credit was given if they answered the questions at the end, like “Were you surprised by your score, or did it confirm what you already knew? Do you think this exercise is different for white students than for students of color?”

Elliott told the conservative site College Fix that the exercise is meant to challenge students “to be a conscious part of understanding and gain more power and agency to effect change.”

“Only through processes that allow us to share intersubjectively and weigh all of our perspectives according to amount of shareable empirical evidence can we approximate an objective understanding of our society,” Elliott told the College Fix via email. “It may never be perfect, in fact, I am sure we will always be improving, but it is a better response if we are truly seekers of what is truth, what is reality. In a society that values fairness, our injustices that are institutionalized are often made invisible.”

The quiz was picked up by many conservative sites and blogs, with far-right Twitter denying the existence of white privilege.

The good news is you don’t need a lengthy quiz to prove white privilege. Here are a few others to help you determine if it applies to you.


H/T the College Fix

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