Students at a Jesuit high school in Chicago were reportedly told to answer a series of questions about their white privilege in their ethics class, including one question asking them how they "benefit" from it despite the "harm" it does to others.
According to the Daily Caller, the exercise issued by Loyola Academy contained several demeaning questions, one of which asked students, “How do you benefit from white privilege, and how have you held onto that benefit (despite knowing the harm it does)?”
Another question was “What have you learned about the ways you have specifically wield[ed] this privilege that do harm (whether you intend to or not)?” Students were directed to answer without reservation, but told not to include any good actions that resulted from their “privilege.”
Yet another question asked, “What have you learned about your white privilege that makes you uncomfortable?”
Even non-white students were told to think of their own privileges.
An exercise in another class at the same school involved students choosing which groups had “greater power in American society.” The groups included “cisgender, homosexuals, undocumented immigrant, rich, Christians, and gender nonconforming.”
A Loyala spokesperson later admitted that the exercise “included questions that were inappropriate and left some students feeling defensive.”
“Those questions are no longer being used. As with any important ethical issues, we hope to challenge our students to be critical thinkers who work to address complex problems in light of our Catholic faith," the spokesperson said. "A structured study of racism has been part of our ethics curriculum for over 20 years, and it will continue to be an essential component of a Rambler’s education.”