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It's Mourning In America

Grant Farred | Posted 11.11.2016 | Politics
Grant Farred

It's Mourning in America. It is the oldest form of identity politics in America. Address white Americans as exactly that, white Americans. Donald Tru...

To My White Church Family: Do We Not Have Ears To Hear?

Abby Norman | Posted 09.23.2016 | Religion
Abby Norman

These are the questions I believe God is asking of the white church. Do we care more about our privilege than the lives of our brothers and sisters? Do we worry more about offending our congregations than moving into a just society? Do we not have ears to hear and eyes to see?

The Sugarcoated Language Of White Fragility

Anna Kegler | Posted 07.25.2016 | Impact
Anna Kegler

For a while now, I've been thinking about how terms like "white privilege," "inclusion" and "unconscious bias" all sound just... too nice. Don't they seem a little on the pleasant side for words used to address a system of racist oppression?

White America, Wake The F*ck Up. The Deaths Of Alton Sterling And Philando Castile ARE Your Problem.

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Jesse Damiani

As a self-proclaimed "woke" white dude, it's sometimes difficult to know how to participate in conversations about race that matter deeply to me. The last thing I want to do is suck up oxygen from the voices that need to be heard.

For White People Who Believe Colorblindness Is Enough

Harry Lewis | Posted 07.11.2016 | College
Harry Lewis

The past few week has felt like America is at war with itself. Every morning I woke up to a new hashtag, a new Black American killed by police. Over a...

My Multiracial Identity Isn't A Party Trick Or A Hookup Goal

The Establishment | Posted 06.19.2016 | Women
The Establishment

He beamed at me, confident that he had just bestowed upon me one of the great accomplishments that all multiracial women hope for: the badge of honor for completing the last arch in a white man's hook­up rainbow.

My Husband's Unconscious Racism Nearly Destroyed Our Marriage

The Establishment | Posted 06.08.2016 | Women
The Establishment

We hit a point where he had to change or we were going to separate. That point was the Trayvon Martin trial and verdict. From the moment Trayvon's murder became visible, I dismissed the idea that his murderer's actions were justifiable in any way. Imagine my surprise when Kevin said that the evidence supported the murderer's account.

Pride in Prejudice

Peter DiCaprio | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Peter DiCaprio

One word that seems to have become quaint to us is the word "prejudice." We seem to have forgotten prejudice's destructive power. Prejudice is an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.

Dear White Authors: Our Fantasy Doesn't Exist in a Vacuum

Olivia Cole | Posted 03.24.2016 | Home
Olivia Cole

White authors, we are present in every word and every comma of our work. Our stories are not just stories--they're not--but reflections of us, our worlds, our flaws. Our fantasies do not exist in a vacuum; they are pulled not only by gravity but the weight of reality.

A Guide to Discussing Race for White Progressives

Jesse Benn | Posted 03.19.2017 | Politics
Jesse Benn

We (white lefties) need to get better at decentering our dominant identities, which can be tough when much of the world is structured, in part, on a scaffolding of white supremacy that places those identities at its center.

Whiteness in an era of Trump: Where Do We Go From Here?

Kathryn Moeller | Posted 03.09.2017 | Politics
Kathryn Moeller

As well-meaning, white Americans, we are used to more palatable forms of racism that mask their racist roots and make us feel comfortable. We've grown so accustomed to seeing the wolf in its thinly veiled sheep's clothing, and so reluctant to see otherwise, that the wolf itself shocks us.

The Right Way to Handle Being Called a Racist

Abby Norman | Posted 11.25.2016 | Women
Abby Norman

I know you feel called out, especially if this happened in front of other people, but here is the good news. No one is trying to correct that one totally bigoted cranky old uncle at the Thanksgiving table.

Watch Toni Morrison Break Down Why Racism Is A White Problem

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices

Toni Morrison is without a doubt one of the greatest novelists of all time, and one of the most profound thinkers on race and identity politics in Ame...

What I Learned Teaching Black Students

Abby Norman | Posted 11.03.2016 | Education
Abby Norman

No one mentions the ways the children are failed, how it is not the responsibility of students of color to educate their ignorant white teachers. No one is horrified that these students were yet again disadvantaged by a system we hold up as the best way for these same kids to get a leg up.

How to Work For Racial Fairness as a White Person

Peter DiCaprio | Posted 09.10.2016 | Politics
Peter DiCaprio

Living as whites within a system that gives us unfair advantages, we often continue to act out those advantages with people of color, even as we seek to address inequity. We expect to lead when we should follow. We expect to teach when we need to learn.

Towards a Concept of White Wounding

Jesse Benn | Posted 08.14.2016 | Politics
Jesse Benn

Rather than turning our focus to finding ways to "heal" ourselves and build a more positive self-image, white people need to sit with our "wounds," which in reality simply means acknowledging and empathizing with as much of the pain that is inflicted on our behalf as possible.

Confessing #BlackLivesMatter

Pastor Renita Marie, M.Div. | Posted 08.04.2016 | Religion
Pastor Renita Marie, M.Div.

When the counter-protestors began the chant #AllLivesMatter what they were really saying is that black lives do not matter more than theirs. If these people sincerely believed that #AllLivesMatter, we would not be forced to chant and declare that #BlackLivesMatter.

11 Things White People Need To Realize About Race

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 07.23.2015 | Black Voices

“We talk a lot about race in this country a lot, but we don’t include you [in] the conversation… I’m interested in how you feel.” That’s ...

'Whiteness Goggles' Set Out To Change How You See Cultural Appropriation

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.21.2015 | Arts

Having a hard time understanding the meaning of appropriation? Take a look at Portland-based artist Roger Peet's handy "Whiteness Goggles" series. In ...

White Millennials Explain What It Means To Be White In America, And You Should Listen

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

In 1955 James Baldwin traveled to Leukerbad, Switzerland, a tiny village nestled in the heart of the Alps. The inhabitants, who had not encountered to...

Escaping Whiteness

Jennifer Delton | Posted 07.12.2016 | Media
Jennifer Delton

Even without the burden of a racist history, whiteness is nothing to brag about. Culturally, it is associated with suffocating conformity and bland banality, the vapidness of suburbia and the joylessness of people who can't dance.

White Identity Offers Bland Nothingness or Racism -- An Inclusive American Identity Is the Answer

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

We need an American identity built on a foundation of that shared history--not a whitewashed version of it, but one that can, as President Obama declared in Selma, "look upon our imperfections and decide that it is in our power to remake this nation to more closely align with our highest ideals."

Break Open and Repent, My Fellow White Christians

Rev. Ashley Harness | Posted 06.22.2016 | Religion
Rev. Ashley Harness

I was supposed to be writing a different sermon when I saw the news that 9 more lives had been lost to white supremacy in Charleston last week. As a white pastor of a predominantly white church in the Midwest, what was I supposed to do?

Watch White Southerners Debate The Meaning Of The Confederate Flag

The Huffington Post | Jacob Kerr | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

In the aftermath of last week’s Charleston shooting, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas is hoping his new documentary on white privilege will help start...

What Do the 'World's Most Beautiful People' Have in Common? They're All White

Summer Noblé | Posted 06.15.2015 | Black Voices
Summer Noblé

Experiments like Dr. Solomon's aim to create a visual representation of what beauty means, but instead it just reinforces Eurocentric beauty standards that have long been valued over other traits.