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White Privilege

Woman Launches Crowdfunding Campaign For White Privilege

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Black Voices

Despite what a lot of people may think, white privilege exists, and it is the cause of a great deal of racial disparities that exist in America. Now, ...

Going Deep: Race and the Third Rail

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.04.2014 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Race is ever-present as we go about our lives, igniting emotions we usually succeed in politely suppressing, unless... oh, an African-American woman, say, wants to write a check for her groceries.

An Illustration of Privilege

Emily Timbol | Posted 06.26.2014 | 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 06.25.2014 | 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.

What's up with The Washington Post in June? Power, Privilege and Myths About Violence Against Women

Angela J. Hattery, Ph.D. | Posted 06.20.2014 | Women
Angela J. Hattery, Ph.D.

I'm going to take a different approach and interrogate the simple fact that both columns illustrate yet another way in which privilege works; the privilege to have one's voice heard and the privilege, indeed the right, to tell the story.

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

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 06.12.2014 | 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.

The Morse Code of Fear

Derek Penwell | Posted 06.05.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

If you go through life with very little fear of being attacked, or suspected, or ostracized because of the person you love, don't you have a moral responsibility to create a world in which others don't have to live in fear either?

7 Actual Facts That Prove White Privilege Exists in America

PolicyMic | Zerlina Maxwell | Posted 05.22.2014 | Black Voices

White privilege is a concept that far too many people misunderstand. These are the same people who argue that white privilege is made-up, that people ...

Dear Forbes: This Is Why Iggy Azalea Doesn't 'Run' Hip-Hop

Olivia Cole | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

Iggy Azalea is not a success story I wish to celebrate. To me, she isn't a success story at all: she is a novelty, a tiresome example of white female privilege and the delight white culture finds in white people appropriating any and everything.

The Danger With The Conversation About 'White Privilege'

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.16.2014 | College

Princeton University freshman Tal Fortgang made waves online with a controversial editorial republished in Time titled "Why I'll Never Apologize For M...

White Privilege Doesn't Mean What You Think it Means

Kristen Howerton | Posted 07.13.2014 | Media
Kristen Howerton

I realize now, as I hope Tal can someday realize: white privilege isn't about me individually. It's not a personal attack. White privilege is a systemic cultural reality that I can either choose to ignore, or choose to acknowledge and attempt to change. It has nothing to do with my worth as a person or my own personal struggle.

In Defense of Checking Privilege

Davide Mastracci | Posted 07.13.2014 | College
Davide Mastracci

Merely refraining from what you consider to be oppressive actions or statements is not enough. Checking your privilege means that, on a regular basis, you'll have to admit that you benefit from the oppression of others. Even if you're a good person, even if you 'don't see race.'

How Can White People Better Talk About Racism?

Amelia Shroyer | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Amelia Shroyer

Some people say American racism is "getting better," but this could not be further from the truth. The manners in which racism takes form have simply changed.

Satire Will Not Save Us: A Call for Empathy Over Echo Chambers in the Debates on Race, Gender and Inequality

Joanne Sprague | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Joanne Sprague

There's a cost to this Colbert/Jezebel v. Limbaugh/Drudge boxing-match style of issue analysis: the more one side criticizes, the more the other side digs in its heels and the more likely we all are to write each other off rather than to reach across the table.

Draw Your Weapon

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

A friend on Facebook last weekend posted a provocative meme by Ricky Gervais that said, "Blasphemy: a law to protect an all-powerful, supernatural de...

The Duality of a White, Cisgender, Gay Man

Tyler Curry | Posted 07.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

I do not claim to be anything other than my own personal mixture of identifiers and traits that make me who I am. But I'd like to believe it's still possible to strive to understand another group's inequalities so that we can keep striving for fairness in our culture. That is how equality is won.

The National Review's Mistranslation of Privilege

Alex Hayden DiLalla | Posted 07.09.2014 | Media
Alex Hayden DiLalla

Mr. Fortgang is white; I am white; and our successes have both been bolstered by our white privilege and our socioeconomic status -- whether or not both of us will admit to that fact.

Check Your Privilege: Princeton, Conservatism and Political Correctness

Khanh Ho | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Khanh Ho

Race, class, gender -- these are vital parts of privilege but they are not the alpha and omega. The problem with privilege is that it can be difficult to check.

Why Fortgang was Wrong: How Culture, Privilege and Income Intersect

Rahfin Faruk | Posted 07.07.2014 | College
Rahfin Faruk

Tal Fortgang, a first year at Princeton, ignited a firestorm when he said, privilege is not race-based but culture-based.

4 Tips From an Ethnically Ambiguous Stranger

Melody Moezzi | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Melody Moezzi

I'm used to people asking me where I'm from. Sometimes it's other brown people wanting to know if we share a heritage, and sometimes it's white people wanting to know... well, I'm not sure what.

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

Gina Crosley-Corcoran | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Gina Crosley-Corcoran

I, maybe more than most people, can completely understand why broke white folks get pissed when the word "privilege" is thrown around. As a child I was constantly discriminated against because of my poverty, and those wounds still run deep. But luckily my college education introduced me to a more nuanced concept of privilege: intersectionality.

Reflections On Privilege: An Open Letter To Tal Fortgang

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 05.07.2014 | College
Daniel Gastfriend

Indeed, our families lived through many of the same horrors and transformations. And I agree -- we do not need to apologize for our origins. Nothing about this notion, however, justifies blindness to inequality.

From One White Guy To Another: An Open Letter About Our Privileges

Max Ritvo | Posted 07.07.2014 | College
Max Ritvo

Perhaps you have never categorized yourself as a privileged person, but that's because you have never had to categorize yourself as anything at all. The thing is, as white straight men -- we never do.

The Price of Privilege

César Vargas | Posted 07.06.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Privilege atrophies the heart and mind, especially if you don't acknowledge or relinquish at least some of it.

To The Princeton Privileged Kid

Groupthink | Posted 05.05.2014 | College

Dear Privileged Princeton Kid, Your angry op-ed has been been going around my Facebook for a few days now, and since I'm tired of unfriending those...