A TikTok challenge is going viral, making it easy to understand privilege and how people are treated differently based on race and physical appearance.
TikTok is known for its challenge that often go viral. This time, however, it might be different as the latest challenge to go viral on the platform helps educate people on what privilege is really about.
The “Check Your Privilege Challenge” poses a series of statements, inviting TikTok users to put one of their fingers down every time a statement applies to them. It is a quick and very easy way to understand privilege and how some of us benefit from it as it makes obvious how people are treated differently based on race, skin color, and physical appearance.
“Put a finger down if you have been called a racial slur. Put a finger down if you have been followed in a store unnecessarily.”
“Any fingers left?” the challenge concludes. “That’s privilege.”
The challenge was created by Kenya (@boss_bigmamma on TikTok) who explains: “I wanted to start a discussion. I wanted people to see where they were in this society and if they found themselves in a better position than others, maybe they could use that position to help.”
The challenge becomes even more revealing as couples, friends, and family members participate together, showing how racism has impacted their experiences in life.
White privilege is real thing… #blacklivesmatter @reaxla
The challenge gained attention as many people are trying to educate themselves on systemic racism and privilege, in the wake of the anti-racism movement sparked by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other Black Americans in recent months. Protests have now gone global with the movement growing in many cities across the world.
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