Privilege Object Lesson

Privilege Object Lesson

This is a simple, powerful exercise to teach your group about privilege and how God wants us to use our talents, gifts and energy to help those who don’t have the same opportunities as we do.

Set up chairs in rows and give each member of your group a scrap piece of paper and asked them to crumple it up.

Use a bin/bucket as a target and move it to the front of the room.

Say, “The game is simple — you all represent the country’s population. And everyone in the country has a chance to become successful and thrive.” (For anyone who is successful in landing their throw in the bin you could offer a prize.)

“All you have to do is throw your scrunched-up paper into the bin while sitting in your seat.”

The young people in the back rows will complain about how unfair the challenge is and how those in front of them have a much better chance.

Allow everyone to take their shot – and allow young people to continue to complain.

Conclude by saying, “The closer you were to the recycling bin, the better your odds. This is what privilege looks like. Did you notice how the only ones who complained about fairness were in the back of the room?”

“By contrast, people in the front of the room were less likely to be aware of the privilege they were born into. All they can see is 10 feet between them and their goal.”

“God wants us to be aware of our privilege; all the opportunities, talents and abilities we have. Not only does he want us to thrive but we must also to do our best to advocate and help those in the rows behind you achieve great things too.”

 

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