Sikivu Hutchinson: Disproportionate coverage of whites in a society that pimps a colorblind, democratic ideal on the global stage not only naturalizes the invisibility of people of color, but implies that white suburban lives are the ones that are ultimately most worth caring about.
Whiteness, as the term is used here, describes the cultural, historical and sociological aspects of people identified as white, and the social construction of whiteness as an ideology tied to social status. The articles on this page discuss white privilege in America. Please continue reading below the video.
Dan Bluemel: Being routinely stopped by police and searched for no apparent reason, or followed through a neighborhood only to be asked why they are there, are indignities the average white person will likely never suffer.
Carole Emberton: The idea that fear is at the heart of the matter has emerged as a popular explanation for Trayvon Martin’s murder. There is another emotion with perhaps even greater historical valence for understanding these events: rage.
Berry Craig: The right-wing, white guy punditocracy is in high dudgeon over President Obama’s comments about Trayvon Martin.
Brian Goldstein: In California, there are a number of state criminal justice bills that require support when the legislature returns from recess in early August.
Tina Dupuy: If you feel like Martin is responsible for his own death because he wasn’t docile and apologetic, you seem racist.
Sharon Kyle: It bothers me that I see so much segregation within the progressive movement yet I don’t have any quick fixes.
David Love: If you make a race-related joke, you’d better be funny or else. Don’t step over the racial humor line separating funny from racist.
Sharon Kyle: Netroots Nation Lacks Diversity, even as the organizers of the convention consciously focused on inclusiveness, the lack of faces of color is striking
Sikivu Hutchinson: In the march of great Western liberal democratic traditions there were no textbook portrayals of the homegrown activism in our own communities or link between the apartheid legacy of the past and its echoes in the present.
Bruce Reilly: The sensational buzz around country star Brad Paisley’s song “Accidental Racist” is perfect fodder for a Twitter blurb — but is this the extent of racial analysis we can muster in America?
Charles D. Hayes: Devoid of compassion, mainstream indifference is a hostile, authoritative, and testosterone-laden environment where the weak are ridiculed and the poor are held in contempt.
Sikivu Hutchinson: When you’ve been suckled on Ozzie and Harriet, its “hard” to have your whiteness referenced as a source of violence; especially by people of color.