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White Privilege

White Privilege, a Brown Star, and the Sign of the Times

Prashant Tamaskar | Posted 11.24.2015 | Arts
Prashant Tamaskar

A few weeks ago, my wife and I attended Homecoming King, The Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj's one-man show about his experiences growing up South Asian in the United States.

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.

Conservative Media Coverage of Missouri University Protests Is Embarrassing

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The conservative media isn't a big fan of discussing racism. They are however very eager to discuss all of the reasons people shouldn't be talking about racism. The diversionary tactics include such classics as "playing the race card," "black on black crime," and "White guilt."

Gay Men and Racial Preference

Matthew J. Dempsey | Posted 11.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew J. Dempsey

Some say it's a "preference" while others contend it's just another racist smoke screen for white gay men to hide behind.

College Students Need Lessons in Tolerance and Free Speech

Peter Scheer | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Peter Scheer

Today's students' equating of hurt feelings with scarring wounds is a departure that leads to dangerous overreaction. When unwelcome ideas are decried in the language of pain and injury, the impulse to suppress them -- rather than to challenge and debate them -- can be irresistible.

I Never Spoke To A Black Man Until I Went To Mizzou

Jeff Huffman | Posted 11.14.2015 | College
Jeff Huffman

We come from a background that did not promote equality. We're not sure how it occurred, who's to blame, or if we can ever truly overcome it. But shrugging it off and failing to recognize how the past has likely jaded our present makes us idiots. Claiming empathy makes us bigots.

A Guide to White Privilege For White People Who Think They've Never Had Any

Deborah Foster | Posted 11.11.2015 | Black Voices
Deborah Foster

Now I finally accepted what it meant to have white privilege and how being a poor white person didn't erase that, I have witnessed countless white people from backgrounds similar to mine struggle more than any other white people with accepting white privilege.

The White Liberal Chamber

Emily Alicia Affolter | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Emily Alicia Affolter

No white person really wants to talk about how we participate in maintaining the status quo. Our silence keeps racism in place.

The Myth of the 'Good Negro'

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 11.08.2015 | Black Voices
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

We feel like we have done all of the things that we are supposed to do to be successful, accepted and respected. We are liked by the people who know us. We are thought of as good people and great neighbors -- but what about the person who doesn't know us? Even when you're a so-called "good black," you still have to prepare yourself for all of the indignities of daily life as a black person in America.

What Can White People do to Help?

Jo Ivester | Posted 11.05.2015 | Black Voices
Jo Ivester

You may hear that we live have moved beyond this issue as demonstrated by our having elected a bi-racial president. You might be told, "Get over it and stop talking about it." Unfortunately, we are not there yet. It is still difficult to grow up as a person of color in America and we have much work left to do.

'Hard Work' That Looks Like Mike Rowe and Me

Charles Clymer | Posted 11.03.2015 | Media
Charles Clymer

From what I can tell, although you don't really align with a political party, you believe in the conservative "bootstraps" theory: that people just need to put their shoulder into a task, have good ole American gumption, and they'll be alright.

Your Holiday Is $#*%, and Your Costume Is Racist

Nicholas Pierce | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Nicholas Pierce

Cloistered in my blogger hovel, surrounded by dusty books, cobwebs, and my WiFi router -- I don't often get out. And I certainly don't celebrate the Halloween, so my decision to stir this boiling cauldron may not be appropriate -- but it is not as inappropriate as your white friend Todd's costume.

We Are Not The Same: Race and the Internet

Keith Powell | Posted 10.27.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Powell

There were moments of disagreements between some, and those disagreement always seemed to ignore the opposing side's history in order to justify their own. This led me to think about how we have come upon a critical divide in this country. And I blame the internet.

Outside the Binary: Where Gender, Race and Privilege Collide

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 10.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Some people in the LGBT, particularly those who are white trans men or cisgender women, are actively advocating for discrimination against and exclusion of non-binary genders. This is not only an act of internalized transphobia, it is also an inherently racist position.

Can We Talk? Some Tough Love Steps to Ending Racism in Our Time

Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner | Posted 10.16.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner

Ultimately, this is the first important step on the way toward ending racism: recognizing that every person born of any race or background is created in the image and divinity of God, and their lives matter to God and must matter to me.

Why White Parents Won't Choose Black Schools

Abby Norman | Posted 10.22.2015 | Parents
Abby Norman

I hear my neighbors saying they value my neighborhood, they value diversity, and they value all kids getting a decent education. I just wonder when they will value those thing enough to give our neighborhood school a try.

A Tale of Two Tattoos: Love and Hate Crime in Orange County, California

Rick Williams | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Rick Williams

On September 7, 2015, 22-year-old mechanical engineering student Shayan Mazroei was fatally stabbed in a racially-motivated attack outside of Patsy's Pub in Laguna Niguel, California by Craig Tanber -- a known white supremacist, documented gang member, and convicted murderer.

5 Reasons Josh Schonewolf Might Be the Best LGBTQ Event Producer in Years

Ernest Owens | Posted 10.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

In an era where the LGBTQ community has evolved politically, the nightclub scene has been heavily criticized for not catching up. Go to any major American city, and you will hear members complain about the body shaming, ageism or potential racism that occurs.

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.

'Life Is Not A White Privilege' T-Shirt Makes Racial Inequality More Visible

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.09.2015 | Black Voices

The message on a basic white T-shirt proudly displays the importance of black lives with just six simple words: "Life is not a white privilege."...

Uncovering My White Privilege on Yom Kippur

Rachel Laser | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Rachel Laser

In the spirit of Yom Kippur, I would like to do some of my own reflective and repentant work about white privilege, a topic that can benefit from the courage and heightened clarity that Yom Kippur brings.

White Baby Boomers: Being Told You've Microaggressed Is a Good Thing

Anna Joseph | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Anna Joseph

As white, social-justice-oriented students, one of the spaces our white privilege allows us to enter is yours, the adults who populate our world, when you voice concerns that our focus on microaggressions constitutes a bridge too far.

Two Privileged White Men Arguing Give An Unintentional Lesson On White Privilege

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 09.25.2015 | Black Voices

 A video that went viral Wednesday has become an unexpected lesson on white privilege.  In it, a white male jogger yells at another wh...

On Colonial Fairs and 'De-Colonizing' American History in Elementary School

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 09.18.2015 | Education
Frank Ligtvoet

The relative exclusion of African Americans and Native Americans in the colonial curriculum of so many schools in the U.S., even in its mild liberal form, has strange effects.

Speaking Spanish With Strangers

Sara Alvarado | Posted 09.17.2015 | Parents
Sara Alvarado

The privilege is that I feel comfortable pretty much wherever I go in this country because of the color of my skin and because I speak English fluently. The truth is that not everyone feels the same.