“I don’t need you to be nicer to me. I need you to believe me when I tell you what I’m up against every day. I need you to see your part in that. And I need you to fix it!” she told me. This Black mother of two was talking about the shortcomings of… Continue reading Beyond Behaving Better
I recently met with a man who some years ago recognized some of the privileges his life had afforded him. Both his parents were professors, he had the benefit of an excellent education, of growing up in a “safe” suburban neighborhood, all leading to a stellar career in the business world. He decided it was… Continue reading ACTION: What Isn’t Helpful
From a recent poll: “Half of white Americans – including 60% of the white working class – told researchers that discrimination against whites has become as big a problem today as discrimination against blacks and other minorities.” (Public Religion Research Institute Nov. 2015) Many of us white folks have an anecdote or two about so-called… Continue reading “White Privilege” – Says Who? Part II
“White privilege!” This term stirs disbelief, ire, and resentment among so many of us whites, often leading to the counter-charge: “Reverse discrimination!” In “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and mourning on the American right”, Hochschild describes the mindset that perceives non-whites “cutting in line” in front of all us hard-working American Dream chasers. In… Continue reading “White Privilege” – Says Who?