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White Privilege

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.

'Racism Insurance' Is The Full Coverage Policy A LOT Of People Need

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 10.21.2014 | Black Voices

What if every time someone "accidentally" said something racist, a more knowledgeable and eloquent person swooped in and translated their words into s...

Next Time Someone Says 'White Privilege Isn't Real,' Show Them This

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.21.2014 | Business

Think white privilege doesn't exist in America? Consider just how much the color of a child's skin changes his or her odds of escaping poverty later in life.

The Bill O'Reilly/Jon Stewart Brouhaha: Denial Is a River in the Right-Wing Mind

Andy Schmookler | Posted 10.20.2014 | Media
Andy Schmookler

People like Bill O'Reilly call upon people to raise themselves up while helping keep a foot on their necks.

5 Ways to Use White Privilege as an Ally

Jordan Houston | Posted 10.15.2014 | College
Jordan Houston

It's crucial for us as individuals, regardless of our race, to publicize the advantages of using white privilege in fighting racism -- starting now.

Satire as Libel & Resistance to Anti-Racism Efforts

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.14.2014 | Media
Warren J. Blumenfeld

No one has the right to attribute to me what I not only have not stated or written, but more importantly, what run contrary to what I believe and how I live my life.

White Fragility and White Violence in America

Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D. | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion
Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D.

Just as sexual violence is a male problem, so too is racism a white problem. White Americans are complicit in -- and the primary beneficiaries of -- a system that dehumanizes and erases black lives.

White Privilege on the Streets of Ferguson

Pastor Renita Marie, M.Div. | Posted 10.02.2014 | Religion
Pastor Renita Marie, M.Div.

The evidence of white privilege isn't so much the thought, "I'll be safe just because" but more so the fact that it never occurred to me to think about my safety. As the mother of black children I feared daily for their safety as they left home.

Michael Brown Was No Angel -- Neither Was I

Randye Hoder | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Randye Hoder

Being a teenager is a time when many people take foolish risks and act stupid. In the world I came from, that was OK. Because I was white and privileged, I had time and space to grapple with my problems and the chance to fulfill my promise. Michael Brown, black and male, never will.

Tired of All the Talk About Ferguson?

Susan Naimark | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Susan Naimark

You don't need to be a radical activist to model civility and fairness. You do need to commit to paying attention to the world around you, perhaps in new ways.

Excessive Force

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Only by participating in the political process, building trust and cooperation with people unlike us, and using our smartphone cameras to expose official misconduct can we make America -- to borrow Dr. King's words -- be true to what we said on paper.

Privileged White Guys On Fox News Agree: There's No Such Thing As White Privilege

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.28.2014 | Media

Isn't it funny how that works?

Why I Am Only Telling One Side of the Michael Brown Story

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 10.28.2014 | Media
Ryan Thomas Neace

When I write about Ferguson, I am not telling the narrative of the "power group" purposefully because the imbalance in power means that their narrative is implicit in our laws, in our ways of enforcing those laws, and in our ways of trying and sentencing those who are alleged to have broken those laws

What We Do When We Don't Know What to Do

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

Maybe in our time of not-knowing, we who are white can realize that we should not try to be in charge for a change, that we should support the leadership of people of color, the experts in this movement. Maybe we can try to take a few steps forward together.

Bill O'Reilly Is Still Denying White Privilege

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 08.27.2014 | Media

Ah, nothing says "The O'Reilly Factor" like opening up a segment with this: "White Privilege: That is the subject of this evening's 'Talking Points...

Ferguson, MO and Beyond Heroes, Holidays, Food and Festivals

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Can we as a society cut through this 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? First, we must abolish the denial systems that prevent many of us grasping our social privileges.

Megyn Kelly Shuts Bill O'Reilly Down About White Privilege

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 09.17.2014 | Media

Bill O'Reilly brought Megyn Kelly on his Monday show to have a discussion about the concept of "white privilege." He asked Kelly if she believed it wa...

Of Facebook and Ferguson

Christopher H. Evans | Posted 10.25.2014 | Religion
Christopher H. Evans

Sadly, Ferguson is not just another example of racism, but of white America's denial of its racist past and present (as the so-called "counter protest" groups in Ferguson reveal). This is a cycle that must be addressed if there is to be any hope that America's racial divide can ever be healed.

One Thing White People Can Do About Ferguson

Sarah Milstein | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Sarah Milstein

While race is a defining factor in the lives of white people, too, it's not a topic most of us know how to broach or navigate. Perhaps the one thing white progressives know about discussing race is that it's likely to be uncomfortable or openly conflictual.

A Mother's White Privilege

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

For a mother, white privilege means your heart doesn't hit your throat when your kids walk out the door. It means you don't worry that the cops will shoot your sons.

Unarmed and White: Why I Won't Get Shot by the Police

Michael Skolnik | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Michael Skolnik

Acknowledging our white privilege is no longer good enough. It is simply the first step to realizing that the death of Mike Brown is not an isolated incident, nor are the protests that have ensued since.

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.

How Do You Deescalate Ferguson?! No, How Do You Deescalate a National Legacy of Racism and Violence Against Black Men?

Justin C. Young | Posted 10.19.2014 | Black Voices
Justin C. Young

How do you convince the people of Ferguson that we're one American family? How do you convince Michael Brown's grieving parents of our common values and equality under the law? Does the president even believe that what he said is actually true? Healing hasn't happened yet because old wounds were never resolved.

An Open Message to the Teachers of Ferguson

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 10.18.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

Is anyone writing to you, teachers of Ferguson? Is anyone thinking about how you are sleeping, what you are telling your own children, and how you are going to greet a new group of students in the morning? I hope so.

10 Things White Privilege Has Done for Me in 10 Days

Olivia Cole | Posted 10.07.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

I have been actively monitoring my daily life and watching the ways in which that privilege has benefited me when it comes to the blogging and writing that I do. So here it is, 10 ways in 10 days.