One school district in Colorado is asking employees to fill out a “white privilege” survey to ensure they are “aware that their experiences … are not exactly the same as other people’s.”
The survey, by the Cherry Creek School District, includes 26 statements such as “Because of my race or color… I can comfortably avoid, ignore or minimize the impact of racism on my life.”
It also includes bizarre statements like “I can go into most supermarkets and find the staple food which fits my racial/ethnic traditions; I can go into any hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can cut my hair.”
The survey takers are asked to score themselves a five if the statement is often true for them, a three if the statement is sometimes true for them, or a zero if the statement is seldom or never true for them.
District spokesperson Tustin Amole confirmed that Cherry Creek Schools have used such a survey since 2003 in diversity training sessions, and said “it was designed to make people aware that their experiences, whatever they are, wherever they come from, are not exactly the same as other people’s.”