How do we check our privilege?

Taken from Checking your Privilege 101 published by the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois.

Action steps to checking privilege:

1) Acknowledge that the privilege exists, 2) move away from immobilizing guilt, 3) understand that your privilege will not go away until the root systems that give you privilege are abolished, 4) be an ally to communities you are not a part of, 5) recognize how and why your privilege can destruct community empowerment, 6) use your privilege to benefit groups you are not a part of, 7) educate others with your privilege to check themselves, and 8) call people out and embrace being called out about privilege.

After the jump, New Black Woman breaks  it down for us all.



Dude, your white privilege is showing

Last night I was at the Seattle Center to see a show. As I was taking a dance break off on the side, a young white dude walked by me wearing this shirt.

This shirt is NO. You would think that would go without saying, but I guess this dude needs me to break it down for him. And while I understand that explaining white privilege to some is like trying to explain water to a fish, I feel the need to try. This post is for the hipsters and young’uns who think they are being post-racial and/or ironic, you are not.

So to all those people who think this is funny, I’m gonna let you in on the part of the joke that you don’t seem to get, after the jump.


The elephant in the room

This week’s Stranger  has an outstanding piece on racism in Seattle that made me want to jump up and cheer. Finally, someone who is willing to address the elephant in the room on the Space Needle:

“Seattle people, we are really nice on the outside,” [says Ron Ruthruff], “The problem, I would argue, is that many of the things we struggle with regarding race in Seattle are covert. What do I see? I’ll be really honest. I see two school districts in Seattle, one in the north end, one in the south end. You know what kids in the community call Garfield? They call it the slave ship, because the white kids are on the top two floors and the black kids are on the bottom two floors. I see my [white] son walk into a classroom with his [African American] best friend, one receiving the benefit of the doubt, the other being questioned—same thing in a movie theater.”

Sean Johnson, False Identity 1 & 2, 2010

After the jump, why having black friends is just not enough. It’s time for white people to acknowledge that American history is 300 years of affirmative action for… white people. And that’s where we need to be doing the hard work.