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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.

Understanding the "Privileged"

Sheena Vasani | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Sheena Vasani

I realised what my friend was saying: just because you've the upper hand in one area of life doesn't mean you've the happier life. Nobody's immune from pain, no matter her or his gender, race, or wealth. After all, depression and suicide can affect anybody.

Why I'm Not Leaving the Country, Even If Trump Wins

Brian Hanley | Posted 09.11.2015 | Entertainment
Brian Hanley

If Trump wins in 2016, I'm not actually going to do anything. I might tell people that I'm moving to Switzerland, but that's a flat-out lie. The reality is, my life wouldn't even suffer much under a Trump presidency.

To The Woman Who Was Talking About Halsey in the Press: Yo, Maggie, What's Good?

Camryn Garrett | Posted 09.05.2015 | Black Voices
Camryn Garrett

I have no idea how this woman has not experienced racism or anything else that comes with being a racial minority, but presumes to sit on a panel and "educate" about it.

The Conversations Adults are Afraid to Have

Erin Taylor Green | Posted 09.01.2015 | Education
Erin Taylor Green

Two and a half weeks into fifth grade, and we have already defined some pretty hard words. Some of the first words added to our dictionaries were "institutionalized racism" and "privilege". These are words that I'm not even really comfortable defining. Honestly, most people aren't.

It's My Privilege

Bill Treasurer | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact
Bill Treasurer

Our merit has been enhanced ... with positive white biases and negative black ones. Goodness, first and foremost, starts with honesty. Getting honest about white privilege is a great place for good people to start.

7 Things We White People Can Do When We've Said or Done Something Biased

Peter DiCaprio | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Peter DiCaprio

Just like anything that resides in our unconscious, our biases can rear their misinformed heads and lead us to say or do some pretty stinky stuff sometimes. When we do, here's a list of suggestions that might help to process that lousy feeling, grow through it, take responsibility for ourselves, and become less likely to act out our biases in the future.

24 Questions Black People Need White People To Answer, Like Right Now

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 08.24.2015 | Black Voices

"Do y'all really think Miley is the one who created twerking? Really?" This is just one of "24 Questions Black People Have For White People,...

What's the Matter with 'All Lives Matter'

David Bedrick | Posted 08.24.2015 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

When a white person responds to the statement "Black Lives Matter" by countering with "All Lives Matter" they exhibit a blindness to the privilege of living outside of a painful and marginalizing lens that highlights their race; a privilege not enjoyed by black and brown people.

Fox News Hosts Lament How Hard It Is To Be White

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 08.21.2015 | Media

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What Prison, Poetry, And A Redhead Have In Common

Susan Sobel | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Susan Sobel

What do you say to a young girl in juvenile detention when she tells you she cannot eat the Cheetos you offered because her "daddy" wants her skinny, so she can keep making him money?

A Tiered System of Justice, the Veil, & "Double Consciousness"

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.17.2015 | Black Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Maybe one day, we white people may escape from our self-imposed hermetically sealed worlds that cut us off from the realities of our neighbors of color, a day when we become fluent in the multiple languages of "race."

How Trump Became the Hero of the Republican Party

Roya Rastegar | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Roya Rastegar

Being Republican has become an aspirational brand. The GOP uses racial difference to create an aspiration out of being white. Trump is banking on it.

To The Angry Shopper Who Criticized Our Black Lives Matter Display

Jarek Steele | Posted 08.13.2015 | Black Voices
Jarek Steele

You have black friends, black family members, black co-workers, black heroes. You don't need to be told about racism or white privilege. You might think this whole movement creates more trouble than it solves. Why, you may ask, do we insist upon bringing it up time and again? Here's why.

Hook Up Apps Are the Wrong Arena to Demand Equality

Jessica Joseph | Posted 08.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Jessica Joseph

It's up to you, especially if you are not in the mainstream to re-define for a new LGBT generation what is considered a heroic, erotic, queer ideal.

The Firsthand Racism I Experienced in Australia

Violeta Ayala | Posted 08.13.2015 | Travel
Violeta Ayala

Ironically, the most disadvantaged Australians aren't from somewhere else at all. We talk proudly about the fact that Australia is a multicultural country, as long as the multi-cultural society remains subordinate to the dominating white culture.

Sticks and Stones

Soren Palmer | Posted 08.12.2015 | College
Soren Palmer

The childhood rhyme of sticks and stones is bullshit: words can hurt people. There is no such ambiguity regarding the N-word, a powerful example of linguistic evolution and understanding that words can hurt people and represent larger societal wounds.

I Am Darren Wilson

Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer | Posted 08.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer

I am Darren Wilson. Which is to say I am guilty in the slaying of Michael Brown. Think of me as the guy who, with malice a forethought, plots to establish the means by which the crime can be committed. My complicity ends now. I choose to break the silence.

Question: Why Must We Still Talk About Race? Answer: Twelve.

MaryAnn McKibben Dana | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion
MaryAnn McKibben Dana

Whites often insist that they are not racist. But they're not the point. Twelve is the point. The institution of slavery persisted for twelve generations of African Americans. How long do you think it should take to dismantle twelve generations of racial oppression?

The Race/War

Christian Gabriel | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Christian Gabriel

Non-white people uphold and participate and support racism every day simply by existing, but they will never experience the privilege of whiteness existing in a system designed to keep white peoples on top.

The War At Home: A Year in White Violence and Panic Since the Death of Mike Brown

B. Dolan | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
B. Dolan

We have witnessed a wide spectrum of dysfunctional and often deadly behavior by White Americans in the 12 months since Ferguson. There is a deadly serious problem with race in America, and it belongs to White People.