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White Privilege

Why Racist Tweets and Frat Songs Elicit Greater Outrage Than 39 Percent of Black Children in Poverty

H. A. Goodman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Media
H. A. Goodman

Americans today aren't racist people, but we live in a country where vapid outrage masks grandiose systemic racism.

Guilt, Privilege and the Unraveling of Race

Julian Mitchell | Posted 03.17.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

The overarching desire is not to live in a "post-racial" America, but to exist in a "post-racist" America. The goal is not for all races to be considered the same, but for each race to have a private identity and culture that is separate, but respected equally.

Why Most White Straight Males Don't Talk About Privilege

Sutheshna Mani | Posted 03.16.2015 | Women
Sutheshna Mani

I have to take every initiative to change my language, attitude and behavior towards people who are marginalized in one way or the other. Using my knowledge to try and change the mindsets, and eventually the greater social milieu of the society, and country I live in.

Yoga Hate: 6 Ways to End Exclusion and Up Oneness

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 03.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Susanna Barkataki

Yoga and breath helped me undo the binds in my body, spirit and mind. I began to love my uniqueness.

White on White Crime: An Unspoken Tragedy

Kerry Coddett | Posted 03.02.2015 | Black Voices
Kerry Coddett

The ugly truth is white on white crime does exist. It is a growing pandemic in the white community, and if we don't call attention to this problem soon, there will be no more white people left to run the world.

The Sisterhood of Poverty

Theresa Sirles | Posted 02.27.2015 | Women
Theresa Sirles

Theories and data sets attempting to explain why I'm in this situation, who's to blame and which folks are faring better may ultimately help by shaping public policy, but in the short-term, that doesn't pay the rent or feed my children.

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
TueNight

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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.24.2015 | 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 03.24.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.01.2015 | 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 02.28.2015 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

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