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White Privilege

It's My Job to Raise Children Who Are Not Only Not Racist But Actively Anti-Racist

Mandy Hitchcock | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Mandy Hitchcock

It is my job to make my son understand that his privileges as a white male in this country are built upon those nearly three centuries of enslavement, torture, rape, and murder, and that with great privilege comes great responsibility.

When We Fully Claim Black Lives Matter, We Move Closer to All Lives Matter

John A. Powell | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices
John A. Powell

All lives should matter but in this America, we are constantly reminded that blacks lives have not mattered as much as whites lives. And by proclaiming our target of fully embracing that black lives matter, we come closer to our aspirations of a society where all lives matter.

The Confederate Flag and the Fight to End Racism

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

In the wake of the devastating terrorist attack on June 17, 2015 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina it has become apparent that this nation needs to deal with the pervasive issues of malicious racism and white privilege.

White Identity Offers Bland Nothingness or Racism -- An Inclusive American Identity Is the Answer

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

We need an American identity built on a foundation of that shared history--not a whitewashed version of it, but one that can, as President Obama declared in Selma, "look upon our imperfections and decide that it is in our power to remake this nation to more closely align with our highest ideals."

The Problem with 'Good' White Folks

Maja Tosic | Posted 06.26.2015 | College
Maja Tosic

The workings of our society allow white people to walk through life and be accompanied by an image of good. They do not have to confront the idea that they are racist. They do not have to work towards being seen as good.

Am I Really Privileged Simply Because I Am White?

Natalie Holm | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Natalie Holm

It is on us, white folks, to show our minority friends, acquaintances and even strangers over and over that we can be trusted. It does not matter whether we want this power dynamic to exist--it's there.

Charleston Is Testing the Soul of America

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

It remains to be seen if this racial atrocity will awaken the soul of white America and create a multiracial commitment against the lingering sins of systemic racism. Will the continuing racial injustice in America now be more forthrightly addressed -- by all of us? That will be the moral test of white America's soul.

Southern Whites, Let's Admit Our Privilege And Do Something About It

B. Shaw Drake | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
B. Shaw Drake

Generations of my family have profited from political and social white supremacy in the South. I admit that I have benefited greatly from my position in the hierarchy, and therefore understand what I can do to break from it.

A Southern White Woman's Response to the Charleston Massacre

Natalie Holm | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices
Natalie Holm

Much of what made up the air I breathed as a little white girl growing up in lower Alabama was revisionist history. The "South" that I love and have been desperately homesick for doesn't really exist.

Be One More

Amanda Magee | Posted 06.25.2015 | Parents
Amanda Magee

I think about what I'd seen in my yard and what was happening in the world. I saw parallels between what was growing in my garden and the voices rising after the murders in Charleston. I don't think that what we have ahead of us is easy or certain, but I think it's worthwhile.

DeRay McKeeson: Outside Agitator

Eric Herbst | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Eric Herbst

Until unaffected populations begin to acknowledge what lies beyond their purview, cops will continue to act with impunity. DeRay McKesson's goal is to show them an unacceptable reality: a black population living in fear of the very police force tasked with protecting them.

A Letter to My Niece About Race

Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton | Posted 06.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton

Too many of us (white people) think that racism was about slavery and separate water fountains, so we can cross it off the list of problems to solve.

Just Another Instance of White Terrorism

Eoin Higgins | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Eoin Higgins

A white man guns down nine black people in a church in South Carolina. The state's Confederate battle flag stays waving in the wind the next day. The white man is arrested. He is given a Kevlar jacket. Welcome to the United States of America in 2015.

Don't you dare call me privileged

Shayne Hughes | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Shayne Hughes

"White privilege" is a term guaranteed to set off a white male like me. I grew up poor with a single mom. I moved to one side of the country and back; as the new kid, I was a frequent target of bullies. I had an abusive relationship with a stepfather.

How I Learned About White Privilege

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Nancy Graham Holm

When we pretend that color doesn't matter, we're making people of color invisible and ignoring an essential part of their experience in a white dominant society.

Watch White Southerners Debate The Meaning Of The Confederate Flag

The Huffington Post | Jacob Kerr | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

In the aftermath of last week’s Charleston shooting, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas is hoping his new documentary on white privilege will help start...

White Girl Tries To Sell Drugs To Cops, Proves White Privilege Is A Thing

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 06.22.2015 | Comedy

What does a white girl gotta do to get arrested around here?? Comedian Jessie Kahnweiler wanted to know if she would get preferential treatment fro...

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.

The Problem With White America

Kim Simon | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Kim Simon

Dear White People, "Sending prayers to Charleston!" "Holding space for my brothers and sisters in Charleston!" "Hugs!" "My heart is so broken. ...

The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro"

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Dolezal's white-to-black "passing" is the complication of both white guilt and white rage in an era of Affirmative Action.

We Can't Be Black

Justin C. Young | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Justin C. Young

We can't walk the streets of our own neighborhoods. We can't be buckled in or have our rights respected when arrested, or locked up without trial, assaulted and beaten in an American prison. We can't be youth at a pool party. We can't be at church. We can't be president and really comment about these things. We can't breathe...

On White Negroes, Jim Jones and "Sista" Rachel

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Although many commentators have drawn parallels between former Spokane NAACP head Rachel Dolezal's passing-in-reverse minstrelsy and white pop culture icons, the historical example of Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple church is more germane.

A Few Things I'd Like to #AskRachel

Tyree Rush | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Tyree Rush

I do believe that transracial identity is a legitimate issue and one worth further investigation and acceptance by mainstream society, however, there is something unsettling in the way that Rachel Dolezal attempted to infiltrate black culture.

Rachel Dolezal And The Complex Politics Of White Privilege

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

The fact that Rachel Dolezal was able to get away with living as a Black woman, albeit precariously, for so long is ironic as well as troubling. Her entire life story is the classic definition of White privilege.

White Like Me

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

While her upbringing in a white family with adopted black children and her education at predominantly black institutions in Mississippi and Washington, D.C. had an impact on her apparent genuine empathy and self-identity, they simply do not translate into a license to deceive constituents on actual facts about her lineage.