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White Privilege

Confronting White Privilege: A White Girl’s Story

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Almost a year ago to the day, I had the opportunity to ride along on a friend’s brutally long commute home from the office. Earlier that day, I got to see him work first-hand. Rarely have I seen someone so busy. In and out of meetings all day — barely the chance to gulp down […]

10 Privileges You Don’t Know You Have

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As a white American born and raised in the Midwest, I grew up completely ignorant of the first-class citizenship handed to me from birth. Honestly, it never occurred to me as a child — especially since I had only met a handful of black and brown people — that I had a special place in […]

No (White) Child Left Behind

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Let me start with a caveat. I am not a writer, nor will I ever claim to be. What I am is a first grade math teacher in one of the largest public school districts in America. The racial disparity in our education system has deep-rooted connections to the past. I could spend a lifetime […]

I Witnessed My Own Privilege Today

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About a week ago, my husband and I purchased a new bed for our guest bedroom. We set up an appointment for delivery, and this morning I watched the truck pull up, almost to the minute. Pleased, I went to open the door. Standing at the bottom of the steps were two young black men. […]