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Privilege

Living the Wage: Lessons on Privilege and the Unexpected

Joshua Mbanusi | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Joshua Mbanusi

I found the psychological and behavioral privilege associated with living wage work to be startling. I became aware of how far I had disconnected from the reality that forces those who earn a minimum wage to forego the convenience and peace of mind that a few thousand extra dollars a year can quite literally buy.

Everyone's a Little Biased

Dr. Carmen Cruz | Posted 08.22.2014 | Latino Voices
Dr. Carmen Cruz

As a diversity trainer and psychologist, I've heard how classism, racism/colorism, and homophobia hurt others. Given that understanding differences is a slow process in our self-development, I believe there are three steps to move yourself along the continuum.

Sex Tourism Encounters in the Dominican Republic: Reflections as a White Man of Privilege

Dr. Kevin A. Osten | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Dr. Kevin A. Osten

These women and men who work as sex workers, through circumstances of place of birth and family resources, perpetuated by social systems and structures, do not have these privileges. It is not merely personal agency or strength of character that will free them from sex work and its dangers.

Social Enterprise and the Privilege Economy

Kevin Lynch | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Kevin Lynch

I am an unapprehended felon. From age 18 to 38, I spent some part of virtually every day in the illegal drug culture. Buying, selling, using and/or driving under the influence of highly illegal substances.

Privileges: One Contribution to Vassar College's 'Privilege Campaign'

Tim Koechlin | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

No one is ever surprised or concerned or confused or threatened when I enter a classroom, a bank, a store, an elevator, a church, an expensive restaurant, a college campus, or a conversation.

An Illustration of Privilege

Emily Timbol | Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices
Emily Timbol

I've seen a lot of talk lately about privilege -- who has it, if it matters, what owning up to it looks like. But it can be hard for people like me, who have immense privilege, to truly grasp what that means since we don't know what it's like to not have it.

Change Makers Create Cultural Change on Campus: A Northwestern University Case Study

Alecia Wartowski | Posted 08.25.2014 | College
Alecia Wartowski

From racial and ethnic diversity to an influx of "first generation" students and the challenges of being a low income student, most college and universities in this country have begun to recognize that the face of higher education is changing.

Please, Let's Not Start With the #NotAllChristians Foolishness

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

I used to tell my Cultural Studies students that some of us tick all the boxes when it comes to privilege. I certainly do. I am a straight, cisgendered, middle class, able-bodied, highly educated white male. It doesn't get more privileged than that. Or does it? I am also a Christian. Or I was.

Questioning Privilege: My 2014 Wesleyan University Commencement Speech

Manon Lefèvre | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Manon Lefèvre

There is still work to be done, here and everywhere. Yet, it is just as important to celebrate our potential to re-think the status quo, and our ability to remember that even in the face of adversity and defeat, things can be different if we decide to take action ourselves.

Why Are Universities So Horrible at Responding to Sexual Violence?

Howard Schweber | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Howard Schweber

Universities' failures have been manifold. They assume authority and responsibility then fail to deliver the remedies they promise. Institutions that are supposed to act as storehouses of humanistic values seem to abandon those values and look with indifference on the destruction of the lives of their own students.

Argumentum Ad Hominem: An Appeal to Privilege

Udoka Okafor | Posted 07.27.2014 | Education
Udoka Okafor

As long as persons are able to fully recognize the spaces that they occupy in society and how that informs their belief systems, then we ought not shut them down simply because they are privileged.

Did Someone Call You '-phobic'? Apologize

Emily Timbol | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Emily Timbol

Who is the person actually being hurt? The one being called a transphobe, or the person outside the gender binary who was offended by their comments? Do people of privilege have any right to cry victim in a discussion relating to gender or sexual minorities?

The National Review's Mistranslation of Privilege

Alex Hayden DiLalla | Posted 07.09.2014 | Media
Alex Hayden DiLalla

Mr. Fortgang is white; I am white; and our successes have both been bolstered by our white privilege and our socioeconomic status -- whether or not both of us will admit to that fact.

Check Your Privilege: Princeton, Conservatism and Political Correctness

Khanh Ho | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Khanh Ho

Race, class, gender -- these are vital parts of privilege but they are not the alpha and omega. The problem with privilege is that it can be difficult to check.

Why Fortgang was Wrong: How Culture, Privilege and Income Intersect

Rahfin Faruk | Posted 07.07.2014 | College
Rahfin Faruk

Tal Fortgang, a first year at Princeton, ignited a firestorm when he said, privilege is not race-based but culture-based.

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

Gina Crosley-Corcoran | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Gina Crosley-Corcoran

I, maybe more than most people, can completely understand why broke white folks get pissed when the word "privilege" is thrown around. As a child I was constantly discriminated against because of my poverty, and those wounds still run deep. But luckily my college education introduced me to a more nuanced concept of privilege: intersectionality.

Reflections On Privilege: An Open Letter To Tal Fortgang

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 05.07.2014 | College
Daniel Gastfriend

Indeed, our families lived through many of the same horrors and transformations. And I agree -- we do not need to apologize for our origins. Nothing about this notion, however, justifies blindness to inequality.

From One White Guy To Another: An Open Letter About Our Privileges

Max Ritvo | Posted 07.07.2014 | College
Max Ritvo

Perhaps you have never categorized yourself as a privileged person, but that's because you have never had to categorize yourself as anything at all. The thing is, as white straight men -- we never do.

The Price of Privilege

César Vargas | Posted 07.06.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Privilege atrophies the heart and mind, especially if you don't acknowledge or relinquish at least some of it.

The #Selfie Generation' May Just Change The Future Of Healthcare

Jamia Wilson | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Jamia Wilson

The time has come for young people to be treated as designers and developers for health technology solutions that serve them and their communities on their own terms.

Anti-Gentrification? Build Community

Yvahn Martin | Posted 05.11.2014 | Black Voices
Yvahn Martin

Where there is no goodwill, the dialogue cannot begin, and there is only polite silence masking anger and distrust.

The Problem With 'Religious Privilege'

Walker Bristol | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Walker Bristol

Atheists in America face some measure of discrimination, and we want a way to talk about that discrimination so that it's taken seriously. But our approach thus far is setting us back, and may even be putting us in conflict with identity groups who could and ought to be alongside us in a struggle towards pluralistic understanding.

You Can Have a Choice Only if You Have Money

Dana Benyas | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Dana Benyas

Yes, I was born into a family that is financially comfortable, but that should not make me more deserving of my constitutional right to have an abortion than a woman who does not have the means and toolkits to do so.

Excuse Me, But Your Privilege Is in Our Way

Ashton Johnson | Posted 05.04.2014 | College
Ashton Johnson

There is a phenomenon on the campus of DePauw University called "The DePauw Bubble." It is when you get caught up in all of the things that happen at DePauw that you forget about the "real world." Yet, there is another phenomenon on this campus that many people are not aware of -- I call it the Privilege Bubble.

The Best Advice: Do it Scared!

Tara Campbell | Posted 04.28.2014 | Women
Tara Campbell

You will never know what you are truly capable of until you try. Challenge yourself and if you fail remember that brick walls are only there to see how badly you want something.