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White Privilege

The Conversation (Not 'Feud') Between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift

Katherine Warren | Posted 07.28.2015 | Media
Katherine Warren

It would be a mistake to diminish their tweets to a "catfight," which conjures the image of two thirteen-year-old girls fighting over a boy, not two serious artists discussing their careers.

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.

The White Anti-Racism Tone Police: White Supremacy vs. White Privilege

Jesse Benn | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Jesse Benn

White supremacy refers to a racial hierarchy in which whiteness sits atop of. The United States was founded on a system--legally, culturally, economically, and politically--of white male upper class supremacy. All of these remain today.

Travel and Privilege: Why Is International Travel Easy for Nationals of Some Countries, But Not for Others?

The Advice Project | Posted 07.24.2015 | Travel
The Advice Project

Advice Project Cameroon Program Manager, Fomuso Blessing Nabila, and two teens from our class in Bamenda, Cameroon (Gaelle and Shneider), spent over 30 hours traveling due to a myriad of visa complications and problems with airline and airport officials.

An Open Letter to White Men in America

Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer | Posted 07.24.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer

You didn't earn it. More than likely aren't yet prepared to either admit to it or lose it. This letter, written by one of you, is offered to invite you on a journey of insight, honesty, hard truth, and just living. Privilege can be hard to see, mostly because of what doesn't happen to us when we have it.

Remembering Andre Gray

Sue Kerr | Posted 07.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

When I read the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, I do think of Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice. I also think of Penny Proud, London Chanel and Candra Keels. But I also think of Andre and the two other young queer people of color who been murdered in Pittsburgh in the past two years.

Let's Get Rid of the Term 'White Privilege'

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.21.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

The problem with white privilege is that the concept is painfully easy to refute. I'm referring to white individuals who hear the word "privilege" thrown at them and interpret it as an individual attack rather than as a societal fact.

Fully White, Not Fully American: Thoughts On Growing Up White And Hispanic

Victoria Moran | Posted 07.20.2015 | Latino Voices
Victoria Moran

The space I take up in the classroom does not rightfully belong to some smarter, more able American white woman. To be candid, my preoccupation with this idea -- the idea that I didn't earn my opportunity for higher education -- has been my college career's most emotionally debilitating battle.

The Artist Behind Controversial Michael Brown Sculpture Explains Her Motivations

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.16.2015 | Arts

Splayed on the floor of Chicago art gallery Gallery Guichard is a life-sized mannequin of Michael Brown’s dead body, face down on the ground, s...

Being A Black Girl in Suburbia

Jagger Blaec | Posted 07.10.2015 | Black Voices
Jagger Blaec

The white people in my life just don't care. My fiancé is white and he doesn't want to hear it anymore. My best friends are all white, and they have been radio silent for the past year. But what do I expect? These are the same people I spent my adolescence with pretending not to be black.

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.