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White Privilege

An Obituary for Whiteness

Christopher Driscoll | Posted 02.12.2016 | Black Voices
Christopher Driscoll

Despite such an illustrious career, he sought to live in relative obscurity and out of the spotlight. Only in death, and the pain felt by this loss, is his full impact on those around him being realized.

Fear of White Privilege: Open Letter to Pope Francis

Mark Charles Hardie | Posted 02.12.2016 | Black Voices
Mark Charles Hardie

Unfair and hateful treatment has caused me spiritual stress. I ask His Holiness Pope Francis to pray for me. I also ask for the direct intervention of His Holiness in my request for citizenship in Vatican City.

Giving Up Indifference for Lent

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.12.2016 | Religion
Jim Wallis

What I keep hearing is that more than outright hostility, a huge piece of the white church's complicity in America's original sin comes down to indifference to others. Indifference to the experience and sufferings of their black neighbors and even black brothers and sisters in churches -- including indifference to those "prophets who cry out."

Formation Isn't Our Party. Quit Crying About That.

Abby Norman | Posted 02.10.2016 | Entertainment
Abby Norman

As a white woman, Beyonce's video and subsequent Superbowl performance is like my sister having a really amazing party that I get to go to. The Beyonce performances of Formation are not our party. We are there, we get to be at the party. But we can't be blowing out the candles and expecting people to sing to us.

See Racism. See John See Racism. Get Some #WhitePrivilegeGlasses

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 02.03.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Sometimes empathy could use a little boost. Suppose, when it comes to racism, that I as a white person had some glasses that would help me see the world, and be seen, as an African American. Would that help build empathy and the compassionate conviction to make change?

Flawed but Determined: Becoming a White Supporter of Racial Justice

Rachel Laser | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Rachel Laser

Look closely and you can find me in the picture below. It was taken last month at the National Press Club. The occasion was the release of the Black W...

What The Malheur Occupation Teaches Us About Masculinity

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Susan M. Shaw

While the folks who illegally occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge claimed to want to overthrow the tyranny of the federal government, they seemed quite willing to leave the tyranny of patriarchy unquestioned.

Mermaid Avenue

Joel Epstein | Posted 02.01.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

I am decades older now than I was on that visit to Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island but fundamentally I am the same. I am still the hopeful romantic about my city, albeit now a warmer one with different flora, mountains, tastes and accents.

White Privilege: The Reason I Can Be Angered by Police Violence Instead of Terrified

Benjamin Powers | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics
Benjamin Powers

I can be scared at the idea of a racist system that perpetuates violence against minority communities, but I cannot be scared of the very real consequences of this system on a personal level. I am not the one that will be harassed, beaten or shot.

Why I'm Not Cool With My 96% White Church

Michelle DeRusha | Posted 01.29.2016 | Religion
Michelle DeRusha

Racism in America may be seen as a problem generally...but it's not seen as a problem for us -- for upper-middle class white people attending a white church and, for the most part, living in white suburbia.

And the Winner Is... Postmodern Diversity

John Mirisch | Posted 01.29.2016 | Entertainment
John Mirisch

The answer is pretty clear and it's also pretty simple: Academy Award nominations, as well as the ultimate awarding of the Oscars themselves, should be allotted on a pro rata quota system to reflect the diversity of America and the world at large.

How "White Privilege" Is Helping Black Lives Matter

Ashley Samone Nash | Posted 01.28.2016 | Black Voices
Ashley Samone Nash

Sadly, it's the voices of multi-millionaires or White pop stars that have taken precedent over those of unsupported coalitions or community organizations.

We Can't Help Being White

Brandy Walker | Posted 01.28.2016 | Black Voices
Brandy Walker

The history is complicated. We didn't create the system, and yet we are subject to its benefits and consequences. I have spent a great deal of time examining privilege and how it has affected me, a white woman. And through the exploration of my earlier, "less-evolved" self, I have made some startling discoveries.

Macklemore's 'White Privilege II': Roles for White People in Black Lives Matter

Brandon Kneefel | Posted 01.28.2016 | Black Voices
Brandon Kneefel

Macklemore's song may have found a distinct tune in the race relations conversation and may be an engaged answer to, "what should white people do or not in response to racism?" Macklemore's song is relevant, sure, but is it necessary?

It's Okay If You Don't Love College

Rachel Drucker | Posted 01.26.2016 | College
Rachel Drucker

Let's stop pretending that college is ever a four year walk in the park. I'm not suggesting that all of you have to be as dissatisfied with your college as I am, but I think we could all benefit from a bit more honesty about the ups and downs of every college experience.

Iggy Azalea Gets Into Feud Over Macklemore's 'White Privilege II'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 01.25.2016 | Entertainment

Iggy Azalea got into a Twitter feud with rapper Talib Kweli Greene over Macklemore's mention of her in his new song, "White Privilege II." Macklemore...

"Black Lives Matter" (the "Too" Is Silent)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 01.23.2016 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

It's pretty easy to understand. Unless you're trying not to.

Racism and Recovery: Let's Have the Conversation

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

I'm pretty convinced that if I had faced the same set of circumstances as a 15 year old black or brown boy in my city, the outcome would have been very much different.

Macklemore's New Song 'White Privilege II' Prompts All Sorts Of Reactions

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 01.22.2016 | Black Voices

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are tackling the topic of white privilege in their new song, aptly titled "White Privilege II." The duo's lyrics to the son...

The Rationalization of Racial Injustice

Bryan Stevenson | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Bryan Stevenson

From Ferguson, Missouri, to Charleston, South Carolina, communities are suffering the lethal consequences of our collective silence about racial injustice. The church should be a source of truth in a nation that has lost its way. As the dominant religion in the United States, Christianity is directly implicated when we Christians fail to speak more honestly about the legacy of racial inequality.

Hillary Clinton Isn't Only Against Reparations, She Accepted Money From Prison Lobbyists

H. A. Goodman | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Hillary Clinton, not Bernie Sanders, should be singled out as furthering white supremacy and privilege. Someone needs to define white supremacy, if indeed accepting money from prison lobbyists isn't an egregious example of privilege and supremacy.

White Privilege and Addiction Recovery

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 01.21.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

I'm pretty convinced that if I had faced the same set of circumstances as a 15 year old black or brown boy in my city, the outcome would have been very much different. Sometimes the line between a "troubled" kid and a "bad" kid is as thin as skin color and accompanying culture.

'Whiteness History Month' Stirs Up Controversy At Oregon College

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 01.19.2016 | College

April will be "Whiteness History Month" at a community college in Portland, Oregon, where faculty and staff wanted to come up with a new way to teach ...

I'm Glad I Stood Up to the Idea of White Student Unions

Ciarra | Posted 01.19.2016 | Black Voices

Sitting in my psychology class at the University of California Berkeley, I felt my hands clam up and my body tense as my professor initiated a conversation about the White Student Unions that have recently popped up on Facebook over the past few months.

The Revenant Is Ultimately the Same Old White Savior Stuff for Native People

Gyasi Ross | Posted 01.18.2016 | Entertainment
Gyasi Ross

NOTE: This review contains spoilers -- both of the movie and also for those tender hearts who think that Leonardo DiCaprio is somehow doing something progressive for Native people.