On the week of September 18th, SDSU made national headlines when Sociology Professor Dae Elliot offered extra credit for taking a quiz calculating one’s “white privilege.”
Many, included the SDSU College Republicans, argued that the quiz was racially divisive. Brandon Jones, President of the SDSU College Republicans stated to the College Fix, “The left’s political goal is to ensure that minorities in America perpetuate that their primary problem is white racism. This only furthers the portrayal of minorities in America as victims and does nothing to help contribute to their advancement in society.”
This week during CPR, GBM-ers took a similar version of the quiz that Professor Elliot handed out. However, instead of statements dependent primarily on race, these statements included experiences based on gender, sexuality, economic status, and family type. GBM-ers scores on this 18 question test ranged from 16,000 to 3,000, with 1,000 points being given for every statement in which a person answered ‘Yes’, indicating a higher level of privilege. The average score was 8,803.
Members noticed the stark differences in privilege even just among the people within the room. It’s clear that even among a group of majority Asian American and Pacific Islander students, privileges varied based on other factors as well. While the validity of “white privilege” or any privilege based on race alone may be argued, it is still important to be aware of one’s own privilege, whether it derives from economic status, gender, sexuality, education level, or other various factors.
Check out the quiz taken during CPR here:
Professor Elliot’s version of the quiz:
Cat Ji - A second year Political Science Major who is our Political Coordinator for the 2017-2018 year.