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White Privilege

The Upside Down Wonderland of Racism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Is the United States now a "colorblind" society? Or even more importantly, should the United States be a "colorblind/race-blind" society? The very notion of "race-blindness" is deeply problematic.

When White Happens: Gentrification, Drug Dealing, and the American Dream

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 03.17.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. David J. Leonard

Co-authored with JLove Calderon Intended to be a celebration of Black History Month, Spike Lee reminded an audience at Pratt Institute that February ...

White Christians: Please Stop Denying Your Privilege

Emily Timbol | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion
Emily Timbol

My privilege smacked me in the face when Jordan Davis was killed. It was in my city... on a street I drive often... at a gas station I've been a patron at. This wasn't something I was removed from. It happened in my hometown.

The N-Word and the NFL

Randy Miller | Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices
Randy Miller

If the NFL were to institute a rule that outlaws usage of the N-word or any racial slur on the football field, at the very least the league would be guilty of two things: (1) Instituting a rule designed to protect white privilege and (2) Being self-righteously hypocritical.

On the Oft-Repeated Lie That Racism on Social Media Isn't 'Real' Racism

Olivia Cole | Posted 03.25.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

We spend all day on social media: checking our Facebook, scrolling through our Twitter feeds, taking ridiculous-ass selfies on Instagram, sharing sappy inspirational videos. So why, when it comes to racism on social channels, does social media become "just social media"?

The Things I Did Not Know

Terry Marotta | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Terry Marotta

Until I was 9, I lived in my grandfather's house in a Boston neighborhood that was about to become one of the most vital black communities in the coun...

Are You Tired Of People Being 'Outraged'?

Kia Makarechi | Posted 03.19.2014 | Arts
Kia Makarechi

Outrage fatigue is like anti-intellectualism for conservatives and liberals (and especially neo-liberals) alike.

Examining My Own Privilege as a Gay-White-Cis Male

Tyler Oakley | Posted 03.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Oakley

It was like a switch flipped and I could see: privilege played (and will continue to play) a role in so many parts of my life, and by acknowledging and understanding that, I can use my inherent privilege to stand up to systematic inequality.

Seeking Queer Visibility, Rejecting Assimilation

Lucas Waldron | Posted 03.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

It is my choice in 2014 to be visible, to continually question my social position, and to seek ways to use my privilege to advance inclusive progress in the queer community in an effort to motivate my generation to seek more radical definitions of equality and justice.

Twelve Tips All Educators Must Know About Educating African American and Latino Students

Quassan Castro | Posted 03.05.2014 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

If you do not understand the population of students you teach, your success in the classroom can be greatly minimized.

"Affluenza" -- The New "Twinkie"

Joel Cohen | Posted 02.22.2014 | Crime
Joel Cohen

When defenses like these succeed, they are copycatted. If Ethan Couch can argue that he is the victim of bad parenting, why can't the murderer who was abused by his parents avoid jail time or even conviction ?

Justine Sacco, Megyn Kelly and the Humor of White Privilege

Kevin Beckford | Posted 02.21.2014 | Black Voices
Kevin Beckford

Sacco and Kelly are not the only people making such comments. There are plenty of "jokesters" whose privilege(s) and prejudices can easily be "unearthed" by jokes.

What the Duck: Justice or Lost Opportunity?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.21.2014 | Entertainment
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Phil Robertson, in his own misguided and offensive fashion, has given us as a society much to unpack by his linking multiple issues and multiple form of oppression (heterosexism, racism, classism, environmental control and degradation), and all in the context of religious justification.

#MeninistTwitter: When Intersectionality and Policing Collide

Kevin Beckford | Posted 02.18.2014 | Black Voices
Kevin Beckford

By no means can we say that the #MeninistTwitter trend was perfect. However, it could have been an incredibly powerful moment for learning if critics could have at least made an attempt to contextualize or engage with tweeters in a less dismissive and ignorant way.

Why Are White People Afraid to Watch 12 Years A Slave?

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

What kind of healing might be unleashed if we decided, as white people, that together we could bear to experience, even for a few hours, slavery's complicated and painful legacy?

Reverse Racism Only Works If...

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.24.2014 | Black Voices

You might have heard that irksome term "reverse racism" -- the idea that racism can be directed at majority groups by people in minorities. The co...

Open Letter to the Three White Students Who Filed a Discrimination Complaint Against Their Black Teacher

Olivia Cole | Posted 02.02.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

That's what you said, right? That the discussion of structural racism made you uncomfortable? That you felt the classroom was hostile? That you didn't like that "we have to talk about this all the time"? I have a simple question for you: how do you think people of color feel?

For White People Who Can't Bear to See '12 Years a Slave'

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

I went with dread, and with a friend whose hand I gripped so hard that she finally withdrew it. I went with the intention to close my eyes during the most violent scenes. And I carried out that intention. But I went. And I am, in my deepest self, glad that I went.

Offensive Halloween Costumes: Not That Big of a Deal?

Search for Common Ground | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgIt is more complex than just a handful of people wearing costumes that other people don't like. It's about collective ignorance, privilege and trauma.

The Silent Streets: 50 Years After Shouts Rang Out in Jackson, Mississippi

Kelly Figueroa-Ray | Posted 12.07.2013 | Religion
Kelly Figueroa-Ray

What do we make of the silent streets? The cry of civil rights struggle is drowned out by the comforting seductions of a wishful post-racial mindset.

This 'Love Trumpet' Kills Racism

Jennifer Nix | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Jennifer Nix

Five months before the tragic verdict in State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman, my personal paradigm on race shifted in a Brooklyn bar as I encountered the poems and performance of Roger Bonair-Agard. 

On Being a White Straight Male

Andrew Schwartz, M Div. | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Andrew Schwartz, M Div.

We sit at a tentative junction in history where our great strides towards equality could be swept away by those unwilling to accept the change that needs to occur.

How To Be A Privileged Woman

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray & Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.27.2013 | Women

If you want a lesson in how not to talk about being a rich woman, look no further than the astoundingly tone deaf post published on Thought Catalog to...

Talking About Privilege With Your Kids

Lea Grover | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Lea Grover

I have no idea how I'm going to have those conversations, but it is essential to teach our children that racial biases exist. I want my children to see these messages for what they are -- ignorant assumptions made by a class that is spoon fed privilege from the day they're born.

Notes From a Queer, Working-Class, Italian-American Man in the Workplace

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 10.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Joseph LoGiudice

I implore the public, taxpayers, governmental officials, and managers, to understand that the workplace is not intended to enslave, exploit, discriminate, and oppress workers.