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White Privilege

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 12.12.2014 | 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...

Dear White Allies: Stop Unfriending Other White People Over Ferguson

Spectra | Posted 12.02.2014 | Black Voices

I'm seeing too many white people bragging about de-friending other white people. I don't need rash actions that absolve you of the responsibility of facilitating hard conversations with folks I will never be able to reach. I need you to step up in a major way.

Call It What Is Is: White Hegemony

Trey Lyon | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

Perhaps you remain unconvinced that White Hegemony exists at all. If that's you, or someone you know, please consider the following.

What Can a White Person Do?

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Ferguson, Missouri is about a four-hour drive east from where I live in Lawrence, Kansas, yet it seems a world apart. Like much of America, it might be easy to think Ferguson is someplace else, part of another, more broken country. That's the thing about privilege: it's invisible.

F-Bomb the N-Word Out of Existence

Mark Boslough | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Mark Boslough

The n-word is offensive. If everyone responded with an immediate f-bomb to every utterance of the n-word, it would become obsolete. Friends don't let friends be racist.

Ferguson's Despair and the Devastation of White Privilege

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Heather Ann Thompson

Since white Americans haven't experienced this long history of living in continuous fear of having their sons and daughters felled by police bullets, this ever-present pain may indeed be difficult to grasp. It is time for white Americans to stop shaming and to speak out against the killing of black children.

Dear Straight, White, Male New Friend

Rev. Frederick Davie | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Frederick Davie

You may want to think about what it means for others to hear you say that you have no lack of confidence because you are a straight, white male. It could suggest just the opposite.

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.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Race

Lisa Page Rosenberg | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Lisa Page Rosenberg

We have talked about the current reality that our friends and family who look differently or worship differently or love differently are systematically devalued and marginalized. As always, he points out that this "isn't fair." We are angry together.

Top 5 Reasons to Love Yoga in the Philippines

James Brown | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
James Brown

From the design of the facilities and choices for in-house props to the all-important standards for teachers, Manila is presenting a more grown-up version of the yoga scene than I've seen anywhere else.

The 'N' Word, Piers Morgan, and the Myth of Black Respectability

Arielle Newton | Posted 11.12.2014 | Black Voices
Arielle Newton

Recently, Piers Morgan penned an incendiary piece titled "If black Americans want the N-word to die, they will have to kill it themselves." I held my breath the entire time I read this misguided piece. I saw all the markings of a privileged white male telling me and my community how to behave ourselves.

Voluntourism: Why Helping Abroad Isn't Always Helping

Charlotte Robertson | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Charlotte Robertson

I had come, for a set time, with a specific task, without training, with the goal to save the world. I went to India with the audacity that my very being would somehow change the public education system of an entire country.