Testing for privilege in Oklahoma?

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NORMAN, Okla. - Privilege is a popular topic theses day - on college campuses, in politics, music and pop culture.

It is the idea special advantages exist for certain groups of people, often Americans who are white, straight or male.

It is controversial.

How do you know if you are privileged?

Can minority Americans be privileged?

At the University of Oklahoma, one human relations professor offers a test to determine privilege.

Here's a sampling of the questions:

  • Has a stranger ever asked to touch your hair?
  • Have you ever lied about your sexuality?
  • Do you vacation abroad?

"If I was an instructor, I would evaluate 'Am I able to really help students understand this concept? Is this the right approach to do it?'" said vice president of University Community Jabar Shumate.

Thursday night at 10 p.m. on NewsChannel 4, Ali Meyer talks with Shumate about the privilege test.

Meyer also goes to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to talk about what happens when a student is uncomfortable or offended during an open discussion on privilege.

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