You’ve probably seen some version of the NPR bubble quiz. It was published in March, 2016, but has been making the rounds on Facebook again.
It’s prefaced like this:
There exists a new upper class that’s completely disconnected from the average white American and American culture at large, argues Charles Murray, a libertarian political scientist and author.
Of course, if it’s based on Charles Murray’s work, it gets an automatic 5-star bullshit rating, but I took it for fun, and learned that I’m pretty bubblified: my father was a lawyer; I’ve never owned a pickup truck; and I can’t identify military insignia. I’m saved from total hermetically sealed oblivion by the fact that I have had friends who are evangelical Christians, have purchased Avon products,* and am pretty sure Tim would have gone fishing in the past five years if it weren’t so inaccessible.
Why is it, though, that we only think of educated middle-class liberals as living in a bubble? And those in Murray’s white suburban Christian bubble as defining “American culture”?
Want to see if you are part of “American culture” as millions of people outside the exurbs of the south and midwest experience it? Take the official ThoughtSnax Bubble Quiz!
Do you have any close friends or family members who rely on a wheelchair to get around (full time; not just at the airport)?**
Have you ever been unable to shop, dine out, or patronize an entertainment venue because of architectural barriers?
Have you ever been unable to enjoy a movie, play, concert, or sporting event because of communications barriers?
Do you consider people with significant disabilities who do ordinary things like work, shop, or dine out with friends to be “inspirational”?
Do you regularly interact professionally with professionals of other races or national origins?
Do you have any friends who are gay or lesbian? Trans? That you know of?
Do you know what “trans” means?
Have you ever been mis-gendered or dead-named? Do you know what this means?
Have you ever read a book, article, or poem by any of the following?
- Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Dan Savage
- Laura Hershey
- Viet Thanh Nguyen
- Stephen Kuusisto
- N.K. Jemisin
- Junot Diaz
- Marjane Satrapi
- Philip Pullman
- Jhumpa Lahiri
Have you or anyone close to you ever feared for their life, health, or safety at the hands of the police?
Have you or anyone close to you ever feared for their life, health, or safety if pending Republican “health” “care” legislation were to pass?
Do you know any Jews?
Do you know any Jews as personal friends, not just colleagues or professionals?
Do you know who any of these people are?
- Fred Korematsu
- Maysoon Zayid
- Stella Young
- Audre Lorde
- Justin Dart
- Sarah McBride
- Bill Lann Lee
- I. King Jordan
- Bree Newsome
Have you ever had anyone attempt to proselytize you or convert you to their religion?
Do you have an education that you’re proud of?
Have you ever experienced discrimination on the basis of your race, sexual orientation, gender/identity/expression, disability, or national origin?
Has anyone ever assumed you were:
- the nanny?
- the help?
- the aide?
- unable to speak for yourself?
- not married to your actual spouse because you’re the same gender?
- not married to your actual spouse because one of you has a disability?
- a different religion, nationality, or gender because you don’t look like they assume people of your religion, nationality, or gender should look?
Have you ever been on the receiving end of a “bless your heart!”
Are you sick and tired of non-disabled, straight, cis, white, Christian conservatives acting all superior because you answered “yes” to many of these questions?
UPDATE (from my astute and perceptive sister-in-law, Terri Robertson):
Have you ever been subjected to harassment because of your gender?
Have you had your reproductive or sexual health choices questioned?
Do you dress based on fear?
Can you walk by yourself in a parking garage without fear? Can you walk anywhere by yourself without fear?
UPDATE II (from my astute and perceptive step-sister-in-law*** Annie McQuilken):
Have you ever had your parenting skills questioned in public because your kid didn’t look or behave “typically”?
*The quiz did not require me to have used these products.
**You knew that would be first, right?
*** My parents did not supply me with any sisters, but luckily we have an extensive blended family that provided a few.