It’s time to identify and question our privilege.
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A book called The 10 Lenses discusses people’s different viewpoints regarding diversity. The book calls into question “10 lenses” or views/stances on diversity that people may develop from their own culture, society, or status. The book itself is very non partial and focuses on allowing you to identify which lenses have been engrained in you throughout your life and to question those lenses.
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A part of the book includes a brief quiz on each lens, where you can find out which lenses you may subconsciously believe. I decided to make a digital graphic of these quizzes so that they could be more easily accessible online. Each lens’ description includes synonyms, a summary, a motto, a historical quote from someone who identifies with that lens, and the lens’ belief system.
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I thought that some of these lenses were more applicable to the inhumane situation going on in our country right now, so I chose to focus on the more relevant lenses of the 10. The 5 lenses I chose define many of the beliefs that encompass white privilege. It was extremely helpful for me to go through the quizzes and lenses one by one and discern my own privilege.
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I decided to post them because I believe this could be a good resource for white people who, like me, are trying to learn, listen, and reshape our old ways of thinking.
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If you’re interested, take the quizzes to find out what form of oppression you have been contributing to (whether you knew it or not), which may help you change your mindset.
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Please reach out to me if you’d like more information on the book or the other 5 lenses that I did not include.