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Tal Fortgang

The Danger With The Conversation About 'White Privilege'

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.16.2014 | College

Princeton University freshman Tal Fortgang made waves online with a controversial editorial republished in Time titled "Why I'll Never Apologize For M...

White Privilege Doesn't Mean What You Think it Means

Kristen Howerton | Posted 07.13.2014 | Media
Kristen Howerton

I realize now, as I hope Tal can someday realize: white privilege isn't about me individually. It's not a personal attack. White privilege is a systemic cultural reality that I can either choose to ignore, or choose to acknowledge and attempt to change. It has nothing to do with my worth as a person or my own personal struggle.

In Defense of Checking Privilege

Davide Mastracci | Posted 07.13.2014 | College
Davide Mastracci

Merely refraining from what you consider to be oppressive actions or statements is not enough. Checking your privilege means that, on a regular basis, you'll have to admit that you benefit from the oppression of others. Even if you're a good person, even if you 'don't see race.'

Satire Will Not Save Us: A Call for Empathy Over Echo Chambers in the Debates on Race, Gender and Inequality

Joanne Sprague | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Joanne Sprague

There's a cost to this Colbert/Jezebel v. Limbaugh/Drudge boxing-match style of issue analysis: the more one side criticizes, the more the other side digs in its heels and the more likely we all are to write each other off rather than to reach across the table.

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.

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.