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Equality Is Not Special Privilege -- Here's The Difference

Ali Owens | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Ali Owens

Simply put, oppressed groups that fight for social change aren't looking for a role-reversal; they're just looking for equal treatment. It's as easy as that.

What I Learned About Privilege The Night I First Passed

The Establishment | Posted 11.09.2015 | Gay Voices
The Establishment

The night of my "passing," I realized I'd achieved in six months what some never achieve their entire lives. And in that moment, I recognized that I had a very specific type of privilege; a type that carries with it painful implications.

Are Horrific Viral Videos of Police Violence Wearing Us Out?

Vernā Myers | Posted 11.06.2015 | Black Voices
Vernā Myers

All this exposure to police misconduct has caused me to be more compliant, hoping to avoid all police officers. I fear that I might encounter that out of control officer who is triggered just by the fact that I am a black woman with a sense of my own dignity.

Watch This Clueless White Dude Realize How Privilege Works

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 10.22.2015 | Women

EmbedContent(5626aee2e4b08589ef498399,,Embed,html,Some({})) In less than three minutes, Sasheer Zamata explained just how problematic privilege i...

Finding My Place In the Fight for Social Justice and Health Equity

Jasmine Burton | Posted 10.16.2015 | Impact
Jasmine Burton

How could I even begin to advocate and push the needle of change on the global stage if I am always perceived as a privileged American who will never understand?

Why UConn Mac And Cheese Attack Isn't Funny

Holly Wonneberger | Posted 10.12.2015 | College
Holly Wonneberger

Did you see the YouTube video titled "Drunk Kid Wants Mac and Cheese"? It went viral last Tuesday. Did you laugh at the UConn student demanding his favorite jalapeno-flavored drunk food? Did you think the belligerent, slurring and entitled kid was funny? If you did, let me tell you why you're wrong.

Reflecting On 30 Days Of Kindness

Alicia Raia-Hawrylak | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Alicia Raia-Hawrylak

I am also reminded that it takes extra effort to cross the intersection and meet those I don't encounter everyday as a function of my position and my privilege. But now the crosswalk is there, connecting me to the world, and making the intersections newly ripe places for collaboration and action.

No Student Should Have to Be "White Enough" to Succeed in School

Anindya Kundu | Posted 09.23.2015 | Education
Anindya Kundu

By the end of this semester if I can get that student to realize that she does not need to appear "white enough" to succeed, or that at least in my class she does not, I will consider that a victory.

White Pen Name Generator Gives Authors Of Color Insta-Privilege

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.17.2015 | Arts

Would you pick up a new novel by a debut author named Yi-Fen Chou? What about Kathryn Sampson? Or Jack Malone? A new pen name generator fro...

The Privilege of Being Privileged

Frank Giustra | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Frank Giustra

I have thought about wealth and privilege my entire life. I resented it when I didn't have it and was also embarrassed by it in the early years with my own success. But I was fortunate to grow into a life of giving, and today I am just thankful I have the means to do as much as I do.

Why We Should Talk to Our Kids About Class and Privilege

Lori Day | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Lori Day

I remember the very first, rather generic conversation I had with my daughter when she was in elementary school about how her life compared with the lives of other children on this planet.

The Best Way To Celebrate Turning 30

Alicia Raia-Hawrylak | Posted 08.20.2015 | Women
Alicia Raia-Hawrylak

Instead of a narcissistic entry into this new decade, I am choosing one of reflection, gratitude and service. I can't think of a better way to celebrate this milestone than by reflecting on blessings and confronting unearned privileges and finding ways to promote awareness and kindness in others.

7 Privileges I Was Made Aware Of By Traveling

Gloria Atanmo | Posted 08.18.2015 | Travel
Gloria Atanmo

Some have no idea what exists outside of their home town or village, and it's a privilege if we can turn this into a beautiful cultural exchange.

Here's Why Your Upbringing Doesn't Dictate Your Success

Alicia T. Glenn | Posted 08.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Alicia T. Glenn

Moral of the story is that hard work will always prevail, and you should not downplay someone else's success just because they might have had a more privileged upbringing. That doesn't mean they didn't have to work hard to get to where they are today.

Happy Endings: The Unrealistic Expectation

Emma Shenton | Posted 08.03.2015 | Books
Emma Shenton

Life, in all reality, is a balancing act -- a balancing act of depravity and morality, of your needs and the needs of others, of humor and solemnity, of individuality and commonality, of privacy and disclosure, and the list stretches on for an eternity.

Pity the Privileged

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 07.29.2015 | Gay Voices
DaShanne Stokes

The idea that the majority is under attack is reinforcing to anyone who stands on the brink of losing unearned privileges they have long taken for granted. It hurts to be taken down a peg, to discover you're no better, no more deserving, than anyone else. Better to lash out, mobilize the masses. Misdirect them at an imagined enemy. Anything to maintain that privilege.

10 Reasons Why Privilege Doesn't Exist

Kiara Imani Williams | Posted 07.24.2015 | Black Voices
Kiara Imani Williams

I'm tired of people talking about privilege like it's a real thing. I mean, come on - it's a socially constructed concept to make the dominant groups in society feel guilty. As a skinny person, I've been told I have some type of thin privilege in this country. Let me explain why this isn't true.

Thanks, TSwift -- I'm Even More Excited to See Nicki Minaj

Samantha Henderson | Posted 07.24.2015 | Women
Samantha Henderson

I can't help but be irritated by the general population's tendency to celebrate this mainstream feminist neophyte and ignore, or worse, lambaste, Nicki Minaj, who has proven herself a well-informed feminist and articulate representative for women of color and women in general.

White People, I Hate Talking About Race As Much As You Do

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 07.23.2015 | Black Voices

What's it like to be white? It's one of several questions that MTV's new documentary "White People," seeks to answer -- What does it fees li...

These 23 Undergrads' Reflections on Their Trip to Cambodia May Change the Way You Travel

Sothy Eng | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact
Sothy Eng

To what extent should Cambodia's past inform plans for travel in the present, which is to say: How ought one to balance the sanguinary with the sanguine? How does one witness, fairly, a horrific genocide in which an estimated 1.7 million people died?

Christian Fragility

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

By positioning conservative Christians as victims of religious oppression, many conservative Christians can then also ignore the privileges that come with the intersections of their Christian faith with heterosexuality and the very real consequences of heterosexism on the lives of LGBQ people.

The Struggles of Speaking Honestly About Race in America

Julian Mitchell | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

Racism is a direct reference to an enforced racial hierarchy rooted in power and privilege. You can't call black people racist, because black people are not beneficiaries of privilege -- the superiority complex that fuels white supremacy.

'Everybody Wants to Be Black Until the Police Show Up'

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 06.15.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Does a person whose ancestry is not Black have the "right" to exercise the option of living their lives as a "Black" person in America? And to what extent does that choice provide such a person with any advantages or privileges that are not available to other Blacks, who, because of their biology, have no option but to live their lives as Black?

A Thank You to Kelly, An Amazing Educator, For Changing My Life

Amanda Barnard | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Amanda Barnard

Kelly is the type of educator who calls attention to the aspects of society most people would like to pretend do not exist; the type of educator who cares deeply for her students and their success. Kelly is the type of educator who changes the world, student by student.

A Point of Privilege

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Stephen Gray Wallace

Parenting clearly plays a significant -- if not the only -- role in both mental health outcomes and personal behavior, for worse or for better. For better? Yup, for better.