Humanizing Example: Analogy

A college president, addressing an audience of about 100 women, on the privilege of a college education…

“Pretend for a moment that the hundred of you in this room represent the population of the world.  Here’s what you would look like:

  • 57 of you would be Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the Western Hemisphere, and eight from Africa.
  • 51 of you would be female, 49 male.
  • 70 of you would be nonwhite, 30 of you white.  66 of you would be non-Christian.
  • 80 of you would live in substandard housing.
  • 70 of you would be illiterate.
  • 50 of you would suffer from malnutrition or go to bed hungry every night.
  • The six of you at this table would hold half of the wealth in this room—you six are Americans.
  • And only one of you has a college degree.”

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