Privilege and Awareness

By Kevin James O'Brien | How does context and culture create privilege - and lead to assumptions?

Am I Racist? A Primer on Race, Racism, and White Privilege for My Fellow "White" Americans

David Russell Mosley<p>The icon pictured above is of Our Lady of Ferguson written by Mark Dukes (with design assistance from Fr. Mark …

Racism

Blacks Are Still Significantly Less Likely to Get Approved for a Mortgage than Whites

Black borrowers in cities like St. Louis, Missouri, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are less likely to get a mortgage than their white counterparts in …

Mortgages

White Privilege Exists

White privilege.<p>I made it through the majority of my life never hearing these two words. Growing up in Indiana, white is mostly what I saw, learned about, and followed. The country seemed to be constructed for people who looked like me. I had so much white privilege that I could opt of realizing my …

Social Justice

Still Confused about White Privilege? Let This Eighth-Grader School You

This kid is spittin' truth.<p>Eighth grader Royce Mann is going viral, thanks to a poem about white privilege he wrote and recited at a school contest.<p>"Dear women, I'm sorry. Dear black people, I'm sorry. Dear Asian-Americans, dear Native Americans, dear immigrants who came here seeking a better life, …

The 'Black Lives Matter' Movement Explained In Under 10 Minutes

"Being united is an ideal, not a plan."<p>If you’re one of the people who still don’t “get” the Black Lives Matter movement, it might be worth it to watch a video going viral this week that provides a straightforward explanation of what the movement is ― <i>and why it’s so important.</i><p>In a video titled …

Black Lives Matter

Elite NYC school teaching kindergartners about 'white privilege'

An elite Manhattan school is teaching white students as young as 6 that they’re born racist and should feel guilty benefiting from “white privilege,” while heaping praise and cupcakes on their black peers.<p>Administrators at the Bank Street School for Children on the Upper West Side claim it’s a …

Education

Hollis | White Privilege II

I come from a spoken word background, raised by the community of Youth Speaks, where art and social change are extensions of each other, and where …

Iggy Azalea Responds to Mackelmore's 'White Privilege' Criticism

Macklemore's tackling white privilege, and he's got a lot of targets in his crosshairs.<p>The rapper released his newest song with Ryan Lewis, "White …

Music

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person...

Years ago, some feminist on the internet told me I was "Privileged."<p><i>"THE FUCK!?!?"</i> I said.<p>I came from the kind of Poor that people don't want to …

A Day in the Life of a White Girl

I must admit, I was not a believer in white privilege for a very long time. I thought that it was something invented to make African Americans feel victimized and deserving of special treatment. It's taken me a while to finally open my eyes and admit to how stupid of a view that was.<p>This concept of …

Racism

Who Wins in the Name Game?

From dating to job prospects, a name has remarkable power over the path of its owner's life.<p>I was at a party for Bastille Day in Paris a few years back, and we were leaning over the balcony to watch the fireworks. A cute French girl sat next to me, but after a few flirty glances the moment was …

Sociology

Teacher: A student told me I ‘couldn’t understand because I was a white lady.’ Here’s what I did then.

Emily E. Smith is a fifth-grade social justice and English language arts teacher at Cunningham Elementary School in Austin, Tex. She was just awarded the 2015 Donald H. Graves Excellence in the Teaching of Writing award given at the National Teachers of English Language Arts Convention in …

Teaching

The Yale Problem Begins in High School

A month before the Yale Halloween meltdown, I had a bizarre and illuminating experience at an elite private high school on the West Coast. I’ll call …

Jesse Watters on white privilege: “I’m also tall, athletic, smart and rich — should I apologize for that too?”

"You know what the Greatest Generation would have called you?" he asked a queer woman at Missouri, "Sissies"<p>Charming as ever, Bill O’Reilly’s bloodhound Jesse Watters went to the University of Missouri to hector students about race, gender and sexuality.<p>Watters’ stuck to his shtick, using “common …

People Don't Actually Want Equality

They want fairness.<p>Bernie Sanders talks about economic inequality all the time, and it’s a message that resonates. You don’t need to be a socialist to worry about the divide between rich and poor in America. Many Americans across the political spectrum claim to be deeply troubled by economic …

Equality

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Finds His Voice: The NBA Legend on White Privilege, Politics, and Islam

The Lakers icon opens up about his new documentary Kareem: Minority of One, premiering Nov. 3 on HBO, and his transition to outspoken political columnist.<p>A few minutes after the credits have rolled and the house lights have come up at the conclusion of a screening of HBO Sports’ film, <i>Kareem:</i> …

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

White People Talk About Their White Privilege

The point is not whether we choose to acknowledge or ignore the impact of race, but how white privilege defines all aspects of American life.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE US</i><p>It started as so many great ideas do: on a Saturday morning, lying in bed watching SportsCenter, and talking to …

Ann Coulter tries — and fails, spectacularly — to defend her white privilege to the women of “The View”

Of course "I'm a Native American," she argued at one point, "I'm descended from settlers"<p>Ann Coulter appeared on “The View” today to promote her new book, “Adios, America,” and to teach native Spanish speakers how to properly pronounce “adios” and declare that, as “a settler,” she’s a Native …

9 tips for raising a socially aware child

Raising a child to be socially aware is a top priority for any activist parent. After all, you want your kids to value the principles you hold close, too.<p>But parenting to foster a passion for social justice can seem like a daunting task. You can teach your kids why diversity, equality, acceptance …

Parenting

A Brief History of White Privilege

I look at all this from the point of view of an Irish-Catholic from the working class, raised in a decaying city in upstate New York, an area which …

What’s Missing from the Conversation: The Growth Mindset in Cultural Competency - Independent Ideas Blog

Everyone knows that conversations about identity, inclusivity, and cultural competency can be touchy. That’s why a facilitator describes a series of …

"How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion": Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools

How To Tell Someone They Sound Racist

10 Ways White Liberals Perpetuate Racism

Last week an article was published in the September issue of the The Atlantic titled "The Coddling of the American Mind."<p>The goal of the article was to show that college students (a.k.a. Millennials) are increasingly rigid in their language, especially those words or phrases involving race, gender, …

Racism

Wondering What 'Privilege' Is? This Video Has Some Answers For You

What is privilege? Is there any way to describe it?<p>In a recent video posted by Buzzfeed, several people are asked a series of questions and then told …

Racism

Rich Lowry and Megyn Kelly smugly dismiss the existence of white privilege as “an odious lie”

"We have a hideous history of racism in this country," Lowry said, "but that doesn't determine anyone's future"<p>On “The Kelly File” Thursday evening, National Review editor Rich Lowry spoke to host Megyn Kelly about an upcoming MTV documentary on white privilege.<p>“No one has seen this film yet,” …