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White Privilege

When Whites Get A Free Pass

The New York Times | Ian Ayres | Posted 02.27.2015 | Black Voices

NEW HAVEN — THE recent reunion show for the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live” re-aired a portion of Eddie Murphy’s 1984 classic “Whi...

Dear Queer People: Stop Apologizing to Heteronormativity

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 02.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

The gains in marriage equality and LGBT rights come on the heels of decades of queer marches, demands and legal challenges. They did not come from trying to not offend hetero-normativity.

Why Don't My White Friends Talk About Race? Here's What They Told Me

TueNight | Posted 02.25.2015 | Black Voices

These are women with family-friendly brands. They have made their livings online by being noncontroversial and avoiding the icky parts of life -- the icky parts that I love to dive into head first. But there they were, chiming in and telling me of their own fears and worry, thus mitigating my own ache.

Open Letter to Giuliani on Characterizations of Obama

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Rudy, let's break down your statement. When you say that "I do not believe that the president loves America," what indication do you have or what criteria are you using? I really want to know.

'Investing' in Whiteness: A Latina's Struggle to Form Her Own Physical Identity

Ingrid Vasquez | Posted 02.18.2015 | Latino Voices
Ingrid Vasquez

I shouldn't have to have backlash for wanting to dye my hair another color. But I shouldn't have to dye my hair another color to have something that's my own.

Forgetting Lynching at Our Peril

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 02.12.2015 | Religion
Rebecca Todd Peters

Accountability for people of privilege must include breaking out of the safety of our cocoons of privilege and building relationships with people across lines of difference. It must begin with examining our privilege and then figuring out how to use our privilege to address the ongoing forms of injustice that we see.

My Afro-Latina Identity Is a Gift... But I Didn't Always Feel This Way

Yvonne Latty | Posted 02.11.2015 | Latino Voices
Yvonne Latty

Sadly, I do not live in a world where Afro-Latinos are very visible. My world reinforces what I learned as a child: that having white skin is "better."

I'm Privileged and I'm Proud: America's War Against the Advantaged

Neel Swamy | Posted 02.03.2015 | College
Neel Swamy

Yes, unpacking the war against privilege in our country is almost as dangerous and convoluted as unpacking privilege itself. For one reason or another, our nation as a whole is wired to socially excommunicate and extradite those who are born into superior circumstances.

MLK Today: Taking the Blinders Off White Privilege

David Bedrick | Posted 01.23.2015 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

How far have we really come since Dr. King's passing in 1968? Could those who argue that we now live in a truly post-racial society be wearing the blinders of white privilege? Consider the following.

Privilege Glasses

Ellen Goodlett | Posted 01.22.2015 | Women
Ellen Goodlett

Privilege isn't always something you can see without trying. Some people, usually those born with less privilege, have perfect vision. They see the privilege problem because they experience it firsthand every day. Other people, however, may not recognize it at first.

What Selma Taught This Southern Boy about the Mind of White Privilege

Samuel 'Gentoku' McCree | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Samuel 'Gentoku' McCree

It's true that I've never overtly consciously discriminated against anyone, but it's still just as true that I've benefited from a system that oppressed and continues to oppress people of color to this very day.

Don't Self-Flagellate About White Privilege. Do Something!

Merrill Cole | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Merrill Cole

It's a crucial first step that white people recognize white privilege, but that alone isn't enough. What's more, luxuriating in our own suffering doesn't engender social change. Here's a stale paradox: self-flagellating about white privilege is an expression of white privilege.

Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and the Hindsight Luxury of Thinking I'd Do the Right Thing

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I hope I would have done the right thing. I hope I would have marched, and been arrested, and stood in solidarity, no matter what the personal cost. But the reality is that most white folks in Atlanta, even those who knew what was happening was wrong, did nothing.

Why "Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival" Matters

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 01.16.2015 | Impact
Sarah Griffith Lund

The target audience for "Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival" is not just for the African-American community; the film is for everyone who believes that we can do better as a nation.

2014 in Two Words: "Culture" and "Vape"?

Frank Islam | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact
Frank Islam

Call us old fashioned, but none of these newly minted words is in our vocabulary. And, we doubt seriously whether any or many of them are in common usage among those tech savvy, selfie-taking, instagram-sending members of the millennial generation.

What White Educators Can Learn From Pittsburgh's Police Chief

Gregory Michie | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Gregory Michie

McLay's words were intended mainly for the officers under his command. But they could just as well have been addressed to educators in our nation's schools.

'Clarissa Explains It All' -- Even White Supremacy

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 01.12.2015 | Women

Clarissa Darling of '90s sitcom "Clarissa Explains It All," has given us the 411 on everything from pimples to training bras to annoying little brothe...

18 New Year's Resolutions to Fight Racism

Jaime Grant, Ph.D. | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Jaime Grant, Ph.D.

Once we get past the idea that racism rests with a few prejudiced, hate-filled individuals and accept that all white people uphold a system of racism in our daily choices and actions, there is a lifetime of constructive, life-affirming work to fight racism ahead of us.

10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014 (Yeah, You Heard That Right)

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

Let's be honest: It was a brutal year for human rights. But we still have victories worth celebrating.

The Thing About White Privilege

Melanie Curtin | Posted 02.18.2015 | Women
Melanie Curtin

In my world, travel is easy, jobs are plentiful, and the police are on my side. It would be easy for me to think this is how it is for everyone. It's not. Fact: I am privileged in this country just because I'm white.

White Activism in the Midst of #BlackLivesMatter

Maja Tosic | Posted 02.18.2015 | College
Maja Tosic

The movement for change is not just about defending the notion that Black Lives Matter. It is also about supporting the idea that White Lives should not matter as much as they do. That white lives should not trump others.

A Brown Person's Guide to Enjoying 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

Gyasi Ross | Posted 02.16.2015 | Entertainment
Gyasi Ross

I'm not saying Moses looked like modern-day Egyptians or was black like some folks attest. No one knows that. Still, just given history and migration patterns, I think the one color that can be effectively ruled out is pasty white (e.g., Christian Bale).

Dear Mass Media: Allow the Truth to Breathe

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 02.13.2015 | Media
Victor M. Feraru

The media finds it interesting to cover sensational events when one person of color after another have their lives snuffed out by law enforcement. Instead they should be focusing on the social approaches of a society that is shamelessly steeped in white privilege.

Guide to Getting Uncomfortable With Race

Fiona Teng | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Fiona Teng

After you've become familiar with your own racial biases, first and foremost, accept yourself for them. Wherever you come from, whatever your background, you have been taught that those racial biases are true. The true test of your character will be how you practice unlearning them.

Why You May Be a Racist (Even Though You Don't Feel Like One)

Derek Penwell | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Derek Penwell

You can talk all you want about being "color blind," while still unconsciously assuming that middle class white lives are the standard against which all other lives are to be measured.