Brooklyn artist, Fabiola Lara has quickly sold-out of her conversation starter “privilege cards.” The cards were designed to be used as a “direct yet non-aggressive” to check anyone in a social setting who doesn’t realize they may be abusing their advantages.
“Uh-oh! Your privilege is showing,” the front of the cards state in bold lettering.“You’ve received this card because your privilege just allowed you to make a comment that others cannot agree or relate to,” you find out why you received it on the back, with several types of privilege, including “white, socioeconomic, Christian, male, heterosexual, able-bodied, citizen” and a fill-in-the blank spot for which one could probably put “hipster”, as they seem to be the only ones changing Brooklyn “for the better.”
“These cards were born out of my own need to communicate with friends, family, and coworkers about privilege. After election day, it became blatantly obvious how privilege influenced people’s post-election reactions and attitudes” Lara told Inverse her need to create these cards after the recent Presidential election. “I desperately felt I needed a way to communicate with people around me and facilitate self-awareness since everyone is targeted under a Trump administration in radically different ways.”
A 10-pack of the business-sized cards retail for $5 at Lara’s online shop, CasaGirl which states 100% of profits will go to Atlas DIY, a Brooklyn-based center for undocumented and documented immigrant youth — similar to her. Lara originally made only 45 packs, but those also sold out in less than 24 hours.
“I don’t want people to use these cards to dismiss or silence others, but to serve as a tool to help others become self-aware in real life situations,” Lara said.
Lara also seems to be the creative innovator as her web-store is also sold out of Beyonce wrapping paper, a Kardashian/Jenner family tree poster, and a Planned Parenthood calendar which gives one the options to check “pregnant” or “not pregnant” each month.