Brooklyn artist creates 'privilege cards' as conversation starter
A Bushwick artist believes "privilege" is a topic most people are unaware of, and inspired her to create a set of cards to get the conversation going.
Fabiola Lara created the privilege cards in light of the presidential election and some of the emotions that followed.
Lara says anyone in the midst of a heated debate can hand one of the 10 cards included in a pack to a friend to help them re-adjust their thinking and move the conversation in a different direction.
The front of the cards say "Uh-Oh! Your privilege is showing." The back of the cards say, "You've received this card because your privilege just allowed you to make a comment that others cannot agree or relate to. Check your privilege." The card then gives different options to check, including white, male, able-bodied and heterosexual.
Lara says the cards are not meant to be controversial but rather to serve as a conversational tool.
"They are funny...it's just a playful way to engage in this conversation," Lara told News 12. "I think we all know that we come from different places, and it's kind of hard to talk to your friends and family about this."
So far, the cards are selling well at $5 a pack online. She says all the proceeds are going to a nonprofit.