The conversation starts off with a reaction that Jenn had to a facilitator that I brought in for a retreat day for the staff of my company, the Centre for Applied Neuroscience. It sparked a whole conversation on privilege, which I admit was tough for me to have. I personally feel like it’s hard to talk about this, especially publicly, because out of fear that we might say the wrong thing. So I venture into this conversation feeling vulnerable. I think we dive into a few good points about it and I also feel more comfortable talking about it with Jenn, who I am very open with and who is a women of color (Chinese). So it was a great conversation to have!
- Original Toronto Life article that was criticized for being too privileged: https://torontolife.com/real-estate/parkdale-reno-hell/
- Author’s Reaction: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/joshua-ostroff/we-bought-a-crack-house_b_16899252.html
- Other stuff written https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/ywzmnb/how-one-story-pissed-off-just-about-every-non-rich-person-in-toronto
- Kendell Jenner (not Selena Gomez, as Jenn mistakenly said) Pepsi Ad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfCiV6ysngU
- Test your biases through Project Implicit Biase through Harvard University: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/ and here: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/user/agg/blindspot/indexrk.htm
- Jordin Tootoo, the Inuit Canadian Hockey Player: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordin_Tootoo
- Are you paralyzed by the idea of privilege? If so, what do you do about it?
- If you use stories in your work in any capacity, have you thought about how they are perceived from the other people?
- I admit to my biases against clothing style and indigenous peoples. Are you familiar with where your biases are and where they come from?
- What do you think is the difference between visible versus invisible minority?
- Do you think privilege should be that you either have it or not? Or should it be more of a privilege score card.