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Being a White Latina: A Reflection on Racial And Ethnic Identities

Nicholle Lamartina Palacios | Posted 12.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Nicholle Lamartina Palacios

We live in a country where race is a dichotomy and people are literally separated into categories of black and white -- but human identities are not that simple. When speaking about my own racial identity, it is impossible not to also talk about my ethnic identity.

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.

Why The Whiteness Project Terrifies Me

Arielle Newton | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices
Arielle Newton

When I hear of The Whiteness Project, I cringe because I see it as a vehicle to proffer ridiculous stereotypes about Black people and minorities. The participants all seem to embrace harmful stereotypes about minorities, while subjecting themselves to false victimhood.

No, Being Black and Gay Does Not Suck

Maurice Tracy | Posted 10.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Maurice Tracy

Apparently it sucks to be a black gay guy. At least that is what "Stevie" over at gayguys.com claims in his post "20 Reasons It Sucks To Be A Gay Black Man." I am over articles like this one, which measures our worth as gay men by white men's standards.

7 Reasons Why This School Is Banning Halloween

Karyn Pickles | Posted 10.23.2014 | Parents
Karyn Pickles

This gem scrolled through my Facebook feed yesterday: A friend's children's school has decided to forgo Halloween this year in favor of... I don't know... Friday, I guess. The decision was attributed to the "staff" and the reasons behind it were given as follows.

Up to Our Necks

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

As a white person in the U.S., I am conditioned from birth to see whiteness as safety -- white neighborhoods, white people, white authority figures. My lived experience, my conversations with people of color, and my study of history have shown me over and over that this is a wild and cruel perversion of the truth.

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.

What We're Missing About Sex and Race from Donald Sterling and V. Stiviano

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 08.02.2014 | Media
A. B. Wilkinson

V. Stiviano: "People call you and tell you that I have black people on my Instagram, and it bothers you." Donald Sterling: "Yeah, it bothers me...

'Color-Blinded-Ness' Is Racism

Morgan Guyton | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

When meritocracy dies, racism will die too, and we will have a far more beautiful world.

Being White in Philly St. Patrick's Day Weekend

j.n. salters | Posted 05.18.2014 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

As I continued to make my way down the shit show covered in shamrocks, I asked myself, what if all these people outside were black?

You Are Not My Peer

Maurice Tracy | Posted 04.26.2014 | Black Voices
Maurice Tracy

While I am sure there are plenty of wonderful legal arguments as to why I should trust a jury of my peers, and that those peers can just simply be any plain old American citizens, I am sorry but no; I do not feel comfortable trusting justice when it comes to Black bodies

Hollywood and the Shaping of Perceptions of Racism

Olivia Cole | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

I wonder if white America as a whole will ever be able to empathize with present-day struggle. Looking back with sympathy and indignation is easier than looking around, isn't it? I just wonder what are we looking toward.

12 Years a Slave Reframed: A Narrative of White Racist Pathology

Roya Rastegar | Posted 12.25.2013 | Arts
Roya Rastegar

None of us are safe from the pathology of white racism. The most intimate corners of our lives and eyes have been infected. But are we ready to see it, and be well?

For Whites (Like Me): We Are Not Ignorant

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Harvey

Many of us white folks get pissed when we hear another of these preventable tragedies (the "preventable" moving it from tragedy to injustice) has happened again. But after Trayvon Martin was murdered and Zimmerman set free how many of us moved our bodies in response?

An Open Letter To Parents Of White Children

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 10.13.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Harvey

We don't assume pat answers are adequate for enabling our children to learn to navigate relationships, nutrition, sexuality, religion, emotions or any other challenging reality. Why should race and racism be any different?

Whiteness in Fact and Fiction

Matthew W. Hughey | Posted 08.20.2013 | Black Voices
Matthew W. Hughey

Until we recognize that our debate over racial demographics is really a debate over the power and inequality that we have arbitrarily enshrined in randomly assigned phenotypical features, then we will hopelessly "beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

'What Are You?' Reflections On Asian American And Hapa Identity

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

There is a YouTube video making its way around this month. In it, a white man begins making small talk with an Asian American woman, and says to her, "Where are you from? Your English is perfect!" Annoyed, the woman responds, "San Diego. We speak English there."

The New Pharaohs?

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
William H. Lamar IV

Here we are, Black American church folk and Shabbat observing Jews. We are the children of those who suffered in the sweltering house of bondage. And many of us have become Pharaohs.

Can Muslims Be 'All-American'?

Krystina Friedlander | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Krystina Friedlander

If Muslims aren't "all-American," and if "all-American" is used to describe white women before they convert to a racialized faith, then assumptions about who is "all-American" not only deny 3 million Muslims of their national and cultural identity as Americans, but they deny full Americanness to anyone who isn't white.

'Good' and 'Evil' Whites? The Shared Meanings of Race

Matthew W. Hughey | Posted 11.20.2012 | Black Voices
Matthew W. Hughey

If we stop looking for the "racist" or "antiracist" intent within people and instead within the shared, patterned, and common ways that people interact, we can move beyond the common and often misleading ways of dividing the world into simplistic dichotomies of good and bad.

Being White at a Black College: An Interview

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 09.30.2012 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

Having a racially diverse group of HBCU alumni helps to communicate the merits of these institutions to a larger and more diverse audience. Telling the HBCU story on a wider scale can be nothing but beneficial.

Post-Whiteness

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 07.24.2012 | Black Voices
Darnell L. Moore

Whose bodies and lives will this grand social vision of a post-racial world benefit especially when considering the counter-investment in notions of "blackness" that post-racial propagandists seem to maintain?

When A 'Bad White People Day' Is Just Another Tuesday

Molly Secours | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Molly Secours

Just before the November election I witnessed an incident involving two men at a gas station, and although there was no physical confrontation and no crime committed, the potential for violence was undeniable.

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dedrick Muhammad

I have been waiting for some discussion linking the not so subtle politics of the film Avatar with the serious political critique of whiteness.

Going Where Glenn Beck Wouldn't: Defining White Culture

Mikhail Lyubansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mikhail Lyubansky

Just so I'm clear: I like the people fine. It's their whiteness (or rather the privileges associated with it) that I'd rather do without.