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White Privilege

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 08.28.2014 | 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 08.28.2014 | 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 08.28.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.22.2014 | 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 08.21.2014 | 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 08.21.2014 | 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 08.20.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.07.2014 | 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.

Social Enterprise and the Privilege Economy

Kevin Lynch | Posted 08.04.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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.

What One Professor Said That Explains The 'Privilege' Problem In Higher Ed

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.08.2014 | College

Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum recently announced she would be stepping down from her position after more than 12 years of leading the...

Lucy: Why I'm Tired of Seeing White People on the Big Screen

Olivia Cole | Posted 09.27.2014 | Entertainment
Olivia Cole

I love what Hollywood could be, but I must say that I don't love what it is. I can't accept that while my daily life is filled with black and brown women, they are completely absent, erased, when I look at a TV or movie screen.

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 09.03.2014 | 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 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.