It is important for all of us to understand that people do not simply live in a society but in a society within a set of diverse intersections: race,class, sex, gender, ability, and so on. Often we don’t tend to see or think about these intersections but that doesnot mean that they do not affect our life chances. Well, we may not think about them but these intersections often advantage some people at the expense of others.
Let’s have a very good look at them!
The center of the wheel below represents internal dimensions that are usually most permanent or visible. The outside of the wheel represents dimensions that are acquired and change over the course of a lifetime. The combinations of all of these dimensions influence our values, beliefs, behaviors, experiences and expectations and make us all unique as individuals.
Questions for thought-shower!
1. By going round the wheel, can you describe yourself?
2. What if one thing on the inner wheel changed for you?
3. Combining both wheels, the inner and the outer, describe one person, say, X, who has the most advantages in our society and another person, say, Y, who has got the least advantages possible. Try to locate your own status as you compare yourself with X & Y. Write few sentences on your finding.
4. Why does a drop of blood make you Black, when it takes a full-blooded great-great
grandparent to make you Native American?
5. Why I am a “normal, maybe cool” person as I use my specs while my friend is “disabled” as he uses his wheelchairs?”
Can you answer all of the questions above? For help, see how Allan G. Johnson in his book Privilege, Power, and Difference respond to the first question:
Starting in the hub, I’m male, English-Norwegian (as far as I know), white (also as far as I know), fifty-nine years old, heterosexual, and non-disabled (so far). In the outer ring, I’m married, a father and grandfather, and a middle-class professional with a Ph.D. I’ve lived in New England for most of my life, but I’ve also lived in other countries. I have a vaguely Christian background, but if I had to identify my spiritual life with a particular tradition, I’d lean more toward Buddhism than anything else. I served a brief stint in the Army reserves.
After checking Allan’s take, I think you know how to describe yourself. Do it!
Also, respond to questions 2-5.
Finally, can you add ONE thought-provoking question?
(Questions 4& 5 are examples of question you should add in your weekly REFQ!
However, you can always come up with your own variation but that should be precise and thought-provoking)