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White Privilege

MLK Today: Taking the Blinders Off White Privilege

David Bedrick | Posted 01.23.2015 | 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 01.22.2015 | 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 01.22.2015 | 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 01.20.2015 | 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 01.20.2015 | 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 01.16.2015 | 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 01.15.2015 | 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 01.13.2015 | 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 12.30.2014 | 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 12.29.2014 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

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

The Thing About White Privilege

Melanie Curtin | Posted 12.19.2014 | Women
Melanie Curtin

In my world, travel is easy, jobs are plentiful, and the police are on my side. It would be easy for me to think this is how it is for everyone. It's not. Fact: I am privileged in this country just because I'm white.

White Activism in the Midst of #BlackLivesMatter

Maja Tosic | Posted 12.19.2014 | College
Maja Tosic

The movement for change is not just about defending the notion that Black Lives Matter. It is also about supporting the idea that White Lives should not matter as much as they do. That white lives should not trump others.

A Brown Person's Guide to Enjoying 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

Gyasi Ross | Posted 12.17.2014 | Entertainment
Gyasi Ross

I'm not saying Moses looked like modern-day Egyptians or was black like some folks attest. No one knows that. Still, just given history and migration patterns, I think the one color that can be effectively ruled out is pasty white (e.g., Christian Bale).

Dear Mass Media: Allow the Truth to Breathe

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 12.14.2014 | Media
Victor M. Feraru

The media finds it interesting to cover sensational events when one person of color after another have their lives snuffed out by law enforcement. Instead they should be focusing on the social approaches of a society that is shamelessly steeped in white privilege.

Guide to Getting Uncomfortable With Race

Fiona Teng | Posted 01.02.2015 | Impact
Fiona Teng

After you've become familiar with your own racial biases, first and foremost, accept yourself for them. Wherever you come from, whatever your background, you have been taught that those racial biases are true. The true test of your character will be how you practice unlearning them.

Why You May Be a Racist (Even Though You Don't Feel Like One)

Derek Penwell | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Derek Penwell

You can talk all you want about being "color blind," while still unconsciously assuming that middle class white lives are the standard against which all other lives are to be measured.

How I Will Prepare My White Son for the Interactions He Won't Have With Police

Frida Berrigan | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

That constant, bone-deep, existential fear of harm or death at the hands of law enforcement is shared by so many mothers and fathers in this country -- men and women of color who have never had a positive interaction with a person wearing a police officer's uniform.

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot!' and 'I Can't Breathe!'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Can we as a society cut through the vail and begin to know and understand those different from ourselves, to have the ability to walk in the shoes of another, to break down these "us" versus "them" notions that separate?

I Am The Man: Pondering My Own Privilege

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Kurt Michael Friese

Yet if I am willing to accept my inheritance of all the good they did, all the success they had, then I need to recognize the flip-side of that coin. No one succeeds on his own. No one gains privilege without it costing someone else.

Advent, Genocide, and the Baby in the Manger

Melissa Browning | Posted 12.05.2014 | Religion
Melissa Browning

Advent is a time of hope, and the hope of Advent is this: God with us came into this world to turn everything upside down. Only a Christ who fled a violent genocide can teach us how to end violence for good.

White America's Silence Enables Black Deaths

Dave Stieber | Posted 12.04.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

The reason many white people don't often think in terms of our own race is privilege. It is privilege that makes it so we don't have to think about our race every single minute of every single day.

Protest vs. Privilege: A Tale of Two Americas in the Wake of Eric Garner and Michael Brown

Charles Howard | Posted 12.04.2014 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

One of the marks of privilege and power is the ability to ignore the cries and pain of those who are oppressed. This is something that happens everyday.

Take Off the Color-Blinders

Anndee Hochman | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Anndee Hochman

Race matters. It shapes our stories -- innocuous ones that unfold on front porches, harrowing ones that end in funerals and protests. Prejudice runs in all directions. But power, in the US, in 2014, notwithstanding a twice-elected African-American president, is held disproportionately in hands that look like mine.

#CrimingWhileWhite Explodes After Eric Garner Decision

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 12.04.2014 | Black Voices

The grand jury decision not to bring charges in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, announced Wednesday, was followed with public demonstrations in ci...