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A protest against racial injustice and police violence in Spain. Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP

White privilege: what it is, what it means and why understanding it matters

A transnational movement for racial justice requires a sensitivity to the specific, local conditions in which race and racism touch the everyday lives of people.
White folk aren’t ‘beyond race.’ Interrogating Black people’s pain at forums supposedly dedicated to undoing racism is part of the problem. (Shutterstock)

4 ways white people can be accountable for addressing anti-Black racism at universities

White denialism of racism provokes a narrative of ‘us versus them.’ Self-reflection and listening are among the ways to be accountable for interrupting and eradicating racism.
A protester holds up a sign about white privilege at a 2020 Black Lives Matter protest in London. Carol Moir/Alamy

Learning about white privilege isn’t harmful to white working class children – viewpoint

After a report from the education select committee suggested the term does more harm than good, it’s worth unpacking what it actually means
When minority groups are exposed to stereotypes that deem them inferior, they often underachieve academically, research shows. Terry Vine/The Image Bank via Getty Images

The perils of associating ‘white’ with ‘privilege’ in the classroom

Pointing out the benefits of white privilege has become a racial justice rallying cry, but associating ‘white’ with ‘privilege’ in the classroom can harm academic performance among students of color.
The first debate of the U.S. presidential election was a disturbing but unsurprising display of white privileged masculinity. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump-Biden debate: A locker room brawl in the midst of COVID-19 crisis

Bullying tactics are increasingly under scrutiny, yet the display we saw during the first U.S. presidential debate is proof that some men still think those old rules are still at play.
Donald Trump won over the majority of white voters in 2016 and a similar strategy could lead to his victory in this year’s election. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump could win again (without cheating)

The history of the United States suggests that, despite what the polls are saying, Donald Trump could be re-elected this November. His appeal to white voters and business owners are a major advantage.
Products that whiten skin may be changing their names but they’re still selling whiteness through coded words and unchanged pharmaceutical formulas. (Shutterstock)

What you need to know about rebranded skin-whitening creams

Even as skin-whitening products rebrand, they are still selling racism under the guise of wellness and youth.
The white-moves-first rule became standard in the late 1800s. Nupat Arjkla / EyeEm / Getty Images

Why does white always go first in chess?

Ever since the late 1800s, it has been standard for white to go first in chess. Has the time come to get rid of that rule?
A sign of how historical #MeToo felt in 2017 is this appearance by #MeToo founder Tarana Burke with TV personality Allison Hagendorf on stage at the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square on Dec. 31, 2017, in New York. (Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

#MeToo: Must sexual assault be denounced in public every time?

Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, says power and privilege can have a lot to do with who feels comfortable declaring #MeToo. Let’s be aware of this power division.

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