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White Privilege

Dear Fellow White People: This Is How You Can Respond to Baltimore

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Rachel Garlinghouse

My name is Rachel, and I'm white. I've benefited from white privilege my entire life, most of the time without knowing it. When I became a mom, things changed for me, dramatically. My husband and I decided that we could be great parents to a child of any race.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism

The Good Men Project | Posted 04.30.2015 | Black Voices
The Good Men Project

Socialized into a deeply internalized sense of superiority and entitlement that we are either not consciously aware of or can never admit to ourselves, white people become highly fragile in conversations about race."Getting it" when it comes to race and racism challenges our very identities as good white people.

Being a White Ally During Baltimore's Uprising

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 04.29.2015 | Impact
Katie Mgongolwa

So you know a good cop? Great. I hope there are more out there. But racism is a system, not one person.

Little Hope in Baltimore for the '2s,' '3s,' and '4s'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Baltimore City is not unlike many inner cities throughout the country where unemployment rates for black youth tops 50 percent, and black adult unemployment hovers around 20 percent. Blight saturates neighborhood.

Racism Is Real: The Real Reason Behind Baltimore Uprising

Robert Greenwald | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

It seems that almost daily, the headline "Unarmed Black Man Killed By Police" has pulled back the veil on what many white Americans, liberal and conservative alike, have been blinded to by privilege: racism is real in American society.

That Thing That Connects Nepal, Baltimore and SCOTUS

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Ken Schneck, PhD

The key here is to see Nepal, Baltimore and marriage equality in a fuller context, one that is more infinitely more layered than what is being shared. But to get there, you have to take action.

Respectability is NOT Faithfulness

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

Though some think of prophets as those who foresee the future, more often than not biblical prophets are speaking into the present day, and critiquing the powers that be.

Taste the Boiling Rage

Bill Quigley | Posted 04.10.2015 | Books
Bill Quigley

This book is not for the faint of heart. It is helping after helping of raw anger burning at the systematic brutalization of black people. It is a deeply tragic quilt of violence, white arrogance and privilege.

Why One Artist Is Carrying A 'White Man' In Her Pocket

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.03.2015 | Arts

"Privilege is plastic," artist Kenya (Robinson) explained in an interview. "Just like 'race' is a plastic material. It's totally made up. It's...

When Is It Bad to Seek Attention?

Matt Hartman | Posted 03.27.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Most of us are called attention-seeking at some point, and it's usually a way to silence or delegitimize. We silence and delegitimize those who are oppressed -- those we want to stay in their place. Often, its done subconsciously, but just as, if not more, often it's done with purpose.

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 05.03.2015 | 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 05.02.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.23.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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.