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Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person...

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person...
Years ago, some feminist on the internet told me I was "Privileged." "THE FUCK!?!?" I said. I came from the kind of Poor that people don't want to believe still exists in this country. Have you ever spent a frigid northern Illinois winter without heat or running water? I have. So when that feminist told me I had "white privilege," I told her that my white skin didn't do shit to prevent me from experiencing poverty. After one reads McIntosh's powerful essay, it's impossible to deny that being born with white skin in America affords people certain unearned privileges in life that people of another skin color simple are not afforded. "I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented."" If you read through the rest of the list, you can see how white people and people of color experience the world in two very different ways. I do understand McIntosh's essay may rub some people the wrong way.

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Annoyed When People Talk About White Male Privilege Or Whatever? Think They're Trying To Guilt You? The term "privilege" is loaded for some people. I get it — it can cause feelings of guilt over something that isn't a favor you asked for. But what I LOVE about this series of posters from the University of San Francisco is showing that what's necessary isn't guilt, but simply awareness. We didn't make the world this way, but we don't have to sit back and just be passive beneficiaries of inherent inequities, either.

101 Everyday Ways for Men to Be Allies to Women I’ve considered myself a feminist and male ally to women for quite some time. When I took my first Women’s Studies class two years ago with Professor Denise Witzig, little did I know that it would take me down an unsuspecting, beautiful, and transformative path towards feminism. Below, I’ve complied a list of 101 everyday ways for men to be allies to women.

What It's Like To Be A Principal Of Color Dealing With White Parents In a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood in northwest D.C., a parent attending a school meeting is angry that her child doesn’t have enough time to play at recess. She berates the school principal — a black woman nearly a foot shorter than she is — in front of the other parents, pointing a finger no more than two inches away from her face and shouting, “How do you expect to keep your job?” The principal has been at her new job for no more than five weeks, and recess time is unfortunately out of her control due to academic requirements for other parts of the school schedule and other factors. As more parents at the meeting demand answers about recess, the principal eventually tears up.

Why We Love to Hate HR…and What HR Can Do About It Recent complaints about the HR function have touched a nerve in a large, sympathetic audience, particularly in the United States. The most vocal critics say that HR managers focus too much on “administrivia” and lack vision and strategic insight. These feelings aren’t new. People in Power Are Quick To Call Out Injustice When They Are Harmed You're being treated unfairly at work. How do you react — voice your concerns or stay quiet? That reaction may indicate whether you're a powerful or powerless person, a study says, but it could also explain how inequality is maintained in society. Powerful people react swiftly when they are victims of unfairness, while less powerful people are slow to notice and react to injustice, according to research published Friday in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. "Power shapes how quickly you respond to self-related injustices," explains Takuya Sawaoka, a doctoral student in psychology at Stanford University who conducted the study. "When people have a lot of power and resources, they come to feel like they deserve better outcomes than others."

An open letter to everyone who thinks having a black family member exempts them from racism - It was a Thursday night after 8, and just like every Thursday night after 8, we sat in the presence of poetry. That week, there was soap, hand-crafted by one of our members and passed from hand to hand to hand, grazed by fingertips, absorbed. This was our writing prompt. The bar of soap fell into my palm. On it read the words “They washed their hands of us.” I immediately thought of the repeating history of oppressors washing their hands of marginalized peoples. Not All Passports Are Created Equal, As This Map Will Tell You (INFOGRAPHIC) A passport from the United States allows its citizens free access to well over 100 other countries. But not all travelers have such an overwhelming spread of choices: Residents of Iraq, for example, can access only 31 countries with their passports. Venturing away from Afghanistan? Your options dwindle to 28 countries, according to the infographic below.

The Liberal Blind Spot Photo CLASSIC liberalism exalted tolerance, reflected in a line often (and probably wrongly) attributed to Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” On university campuses, that is sometimes updated to: “I disapprove of what you say, so shut up.” In a column a few weeks ago, I offered “a confession of liberal intolerance,” criticizing my fellow progressives for promoting all kinds of diversity on campuses — except ideological. I argued that universities risk becoming liberal echo chambers and hostile environments for conservatives, and especially for evangelical Christians. As I see it, we are hypocritical: We welcome people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us.

The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis Pope Francis has made no secret of his intention to radically reform the administrative structures of the Catholic church, which he regards as insular, imperious, and bureaucratic. He understands that in a hyper-kinetic world, inward-looking and self-obsessed leaders are a liability. Last year, just before Christmas, the Pope addressed the leaders of the Roman Curia — the Cardinals and other officials who are charged with running the church’s byzantine network of administrative bodies.

Ex-candidate who plotted Muslim massacre released because judge isn’t sure he... A federal judge scuttled a plea agreement reached between prosecutors and attorneys for a former congressional candidate who plotted to massacre Muslims in a community identified by conservative media as a terrorist training camp. Robert Rankin Doggart pleaded guilty in May to one count of interstate communication of threats and faced up to five years in prison. However, U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Collier ordered attorneys who worked out the plea arrangement to show that Doggart’s plot was actually a “true threat,” reported The Chatanoogan.

The rich get government handouts just like the poor. Here are 10 of them. A floating tax shelter photographed in its natural habitat. Flickr user "OVER 1 MILLION VIEWS", CC. In case you are still skeptical that many of the non-poor — and, in fact, a lot of the rich — receive benefits from government, too (for which we don't make them pee in a cup or promise not to buy luxuries), we've rounded up some more examples below. 1. The mortgage interest deduction for big houses and second homes. Thanks to this tax break, the 5 million households in America making more than $200,000 a year get a lot more housing aid than the 20 million households living on less than $20,000.

WATCH: Jesse Williams On Black Lives, Equal Rights And Freedom At the BET Awards on Sunday night, after receiving the network's humanitarian award, Jesse Williams began with the usual litany of thanks. Standing with a slight hunch over a too-short microphone, he celebrated his parents and his wife. With that out of the way, the real speech began. "This award, this is not for me," the activist and Grey's Anatomy star said. What Big Medicine Can Learn from the Cheesecake Factory It was Saturday night, and I was at the local Cheesecake Factory with my two teen-age daughters and three of their friends. You may know the chain: a hundred and sixty restaurants with a catalogue-like menu that, when I did a count, listed three hundred and eight dinner items (including the forty-nine on the “Skinnylicious” menu), plus a hundred and twenty-four choices of beverage. It’s a linen-napkin-and-tablecloth sort of place, but with something for everyone.

Entrepreneurs don’t have a special gene for risk—they come from families with money At first, it seems like a small thing. Reuters reports this morning that the European Union is weighing whether to start requiring visas from Canadian and US visitors to the region. This would be an incredibly shortsighted thing to do, given the lucrative tourist trade based on North Americans traveling to the continent. And it likely won’t happen. But its mere discussion—a response to the US visa requirement’s for visitors from poorer parts of the EU such as Romania, Poland, and Bulgaria—underscores the very real backlash against pro-globalization economic ideology of the last 25 years.

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