White Privilege

1376 Words Mar 20th, 2013 6 Pages
Data Analysis Investigation

Introduction
Research Question: Do individuals in the Midwest experience the affects of white privilege?

During this investigation I seek to explore the differences in privilege that males and females, of different race and ethnic backgrounds, experiences in their daily lives. My fellow Sociology of Race and Ethics classmates and I will conduct Peggy McIntosh’s White Privilege survey, in hopes to find any differences in privilege felt by individuals of varying age, gender, race or class membership.

My hypothesis is:
According to Peggy McIntosh’s White Privilege survey, she suggests that white people are privileged with what she describes as “an invisible package of unearned assets, which I (Peggy
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Exploring the Data - Younger ages (less than 20) have a larger affect than old age in feeling “underprivileged”. After analyzing the data, I believe my hypothesis that the ages 18-19 feel underprivileged as compared to the older ages, was correct. This is represented in the findings, that of the ten questions surveyed, exactly one half the questions (five of ten) the age group 18-19 had the highest disagreement percentage compared to the other age groups. No other age group had close to the equivalent outcomes, the closest age group being groups 24-34 and 45-50 both with two.

The findings show that in one half of all situations this age group is presented with, they feel as though they are underprivileged as compared to other age groups, but by examining just the 18-19 age group or age as a whole, the majority feel as though the ‘Agree’ they are privileged. This finding is universal through all independent variables. While comparing all independent variables, of the 10 survey scenarios no matter what the independent variable is 70% of the time the participants feel they ‘Agree’ to being privileged.

Exploring Data – Midwesterners overall feel “privileged” versus “underprivileged” no matter the independent factor.
After analyzing the cross-tabulations, I feel as though my hypothesis about the Midwestern society is spot on. The data
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