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On Raising a Mixed-Race Son in a Time of Fear

Leslie Contreras Schwartz | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Leslie Contreras Schwartz

I am afraid of what my son will and will not look like because in a lot of ways, this will determine how I will have to parent him, to prepare him for the world. Will he "pass" as white, as Jewish, as his father is? Or on a dark night coming home from a party, will his face betray him?

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.

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.

Uncertainty Is All Around Us

Susan Kaufman | Posted 12.04.2014 | College
Susan Kaufman

I have watched fear keep people from pursuing their own passions, from opening up to others and from letting love in. I, too, have let this fear harness me, and I have let complacency satisfy me. But this Thanksgiving has reminded me that there is beauty in the vast unknown.

Power and Privilege in Oral History Interviews and Projects

Rick Ayers | Posted 12.04.2014 | Education
Rick Ayers

Do you see a problem here? Is something missing from the lesson taught? I think there is. And it is a common problem in the social studies -- in history, sociology, anthropology, even education. The issue, as is so often the case, is power.

What Do I Do About Screen Time?

Dion Lim | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dion Lim

Parents worldwide struggle with how much screen time to allow children. To hit this ever-moving target, I have found questions to ponder more helpful than rules to follow. Here is a list of ones I hope will be useful for your family to discuss together.

Transgender and Privileged

Stephanie Mott | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I am a transsexual woman. I am therefore marginalized and oppressed. Such is the nature of life for transgender people in the home of the brave and the land of the free. I live in a red state. I am therefore pushed further to the margins. However, for me, this is only part of the story.

The Greatest Power and Privilege of All

Isa Adney | Posted 11.20.2014 | Education
Isa Adney

Love may not raise test scores. But I think it creates the kind of safety net that helps people develop the kind of resilience and skills and motivation they need to fight through whatever lack of privilege they may have been born into.

10 First-World Problems That Will Put Things In Perspective

BuzzFeed | Nathan W. Pyle | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact

I know that many of the “problems” I complain about on social media are experiences only privileged people would know. This year for Thanksgiving,...

What Really Happens When You're a Light-Skinned Latino

Sean Flores | Posted 11.13.2014 | Latino Voices
Sean Flores

Once I became versed in privilege and oppression in college, my pride was heightened. Seeing myself as the poster child of oppression, I was eager to share my story and was provided with plenty of opportunities to do so.

Little White Girls Aren't the Problem With Voluntourism; Privilege Is.

Pippa Biddle | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Pippa Biddle

Privilege is, at its core, easy to identify but difficult to own up to. Those who experience it, myself included, struggle to openly recognize its existence as we hope beyond hope that our kind intentions and good will are enough to overcome it.

7 Reasons Why This School Is Banning Halloween

Karyn Pickles | Posted 10.23.2014 | Parents
Karyn Pickles

This gem scrolled through my Facebook feed yesterday: A friend's children's school has decided to forgo Halloween this year in favor of... I don't know... Friday, I guess. The decision was attributed to the "staff" and the reasons behind it were given as follows.

Women, We Need To Stop Arguing About Privilege

Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani | Posted 10.20.2014 | Women
Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani

The conversation about privilege threatens to cut off the legs of the feminist movement before it can even crawl (yes -- crawl, we're in 2014 and birth control is seen by many as a dirty word.) Privilege is weighing us down. By us I mean all of us -- all feminists.

Ebola Outbreak and Outcry: Saving Thomas Eric Duncan

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The use of ZMapp raises the question of privilege. Is it only those with better connections to positions of power who will get a fighting chance to receive this experimental drug?

Ethics, Accuracy and Perspectives on Michael Brown and Ferguson

Ben Spielberg | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

If we evaluate viewpoints using the veil of ignorance and a thorough analysis of the facts, we will more easily identify the root causes of disagreements. We will also be forced to focus our conversations around ethical considerations and honest dialogue.

Living the Wage: Lessons on Privilege and the Unexpected

Joshua Mbanusi | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Joshua Mbanusi

I found the psychological and behavioral privilege associated with living wage work to be startling. I became aware of how far I had disconnected from the reality that forces those who earn a minimum wage to forego the convenience and peace of mind that a few thousand extra dollars a year can quite literally buy.

Everyone's a Little Biased

Dr. Carmen Cruz | Posted 10.21.2014 | Latino Voices
Dr. Carmen Cruz

As a diversity trainer and psychologist, I've heard how classism, racism/colorism, and homophobia hurt others. Given that understanding differences is a slow process in our self-development, I believe there are three steps to move yourself along the continuum.

Sex Tourism Encounters in the Dominican Republic: Reflections as a White Man of Privilege

Dr. Kevin A. Osten | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Dr. Kevin A. Osten

These women and men who work as sex workers, through circumstances of place of birth and family resources, perpetuated by social systems and structures, do not have these privileges. It is not merely personal agency or strength of character that will free them from sex work and its dangers.

Social Enterprise and the Privilege Economy

Kevin Lynch | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Kevin Lynch

I am an unapprehended felon. From age 18 to 38, I spent some part of virtually every day in the illegal drug culture. Buying, selling, using and/or driving under the influence of highly illegal substances.

Privileges: One Contribution to Vassar College's 'Privilege Campaign'

Tim Koechlin | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

No one is ever surprised or concerned or confused or threatened when I enter a classroom, a bank, a store, an elevator, a church, an expensive restaurant, a college campus, or a conversation.

An Illustration of Privilege

Emily Timbol | Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices
Emily Timbol

I've seen a lot of talk lately about privilege -- who has it, if it matters, what owning up to it looks like. But it can be hard for people like me, who have immense privilege, to truly grasp what that means since we don't know what it's like to not have it.

Change Makers Create Cultural Change on Campus: A Northwestern University Case Study

Alecia Wartowski | Posted 08.25.2014 | College
Alecia Wartowski

From racial and ethnic diversity to an influx of "first generation" students and the challenges of being a low income student, most college and universities in this country have begun to recognize that the face of higher education is changing.

Please, Let's Not Start With the #NotAllChristians Foolishness

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

I used to tell my Cultural Studies students that some of us tick all the boxes when it comes to privilege. I certainly do. I am a straight, cisgendered, middle class, able-bodied, highly educated white male. It doesn't get more privileged than that. Or does it? I am also a Christian. Or I was.

Questioning Privilege: My 2014 Wesleyan University Commencement Speech

Manon Lefèvre | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Manon Lefèvre

There is still work to be done, here and everywhere. Yet, it is just as important to celebrate our potential to re-think the status quo, and our ability to remember that even in the face of adversity and defeat, things can be different if we decide to take action ourselves.

Why Are Universities So Horrible at Responding to Sexual Violence?

Howard Schweber | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Howard Schweber

Universities' failures have been manifold. They assume authority and responsibility then fail to deliver the remedies they promise. Institutions that are supposed to act as storehouses of humanistic values seem to abandon those values and look with indifference on the destruction of the lives of their own students.