White Privilege

Justin Trudeau Sets A New Standard For White Male Privilege

Niki Sharma | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Niki Sharma

As power and privilege concentrate at the highest offices in our country, little room is left for the unusual suspects. We need white privileged men to play an active role in changing the status quo. Prime Minister Trudeau has, to his credit, accomplished an elusive and noteworthy achievement by using his privilege to bridge the often insurmountable leap between merit and power. He made space for his colleagues who deserve to operate in that exclusive arena.

White Privilege Needs to Own Up to Its Existence

Lauren Messervey | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Despite the importance of Viola Davis' impassioned speech, General Hospital actress Nancy Lee Grahn created a tizzy over Twitter, firing back on Davis' speech by saying, "Im a f--king actress for 40 yrs. None of us get respect or opportunity we deserve. Emmys not venue 4 racial opportunity. ALL women belittled." And so the epitome of white privilege reared its ugly head.

This Video Will Change The Way You Look At Privilege

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Impact

What is privilege? Is there any way to describe it? In a recent video posted by Buzzfeed, several people are asked a series of questions and then t...

My Privilege Is A Problem

Posterella | Posted 01.19.2015 | Canada Alberta

I am privileged. I am white, straight, cisgendered, thin, middle class, first world, able-bodied. Apart from my gender, I've pretty much hit the privilege jackpot. Even being a female, I recognize that the oppression and discrimination I've experienced (and I have) is tame compared to those in other parts of the world. In terms of access and resources and genetics - I was born with a big fat horseshoe inserted squarely up my ass. And I'm one of the few that knows it.

Politicians Have No Right to Cry "Lynching"

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Pamela Wallin admitted to accounting mishaps, paid back her loot and then cried "lynching." Mayor Rob Ford's family and fans referred to his well-deserved scrutiny as "a lynching." It is nothing of the sort. They have no right to compare their media scrutiny or professional strife to African slavery, the Holocaust or any other systemic international human catastrophe. Words can wound.

I'm White. Let's Talk About Racism

Shannon Fisher | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Shannon Fisher

I'm embarrassed to admit that I'd never considered my privilege as a white person until about two years ago. Sure, I was aware of racism, but I didn't stop to connect it to me and the colour of my skin. White people walk through the world differently. We carry a privilege we have not earned and cannot unhave. I really hope one day that's not true. But, in the meantime, it's our job to use our privilege to educate and make right. This all starts with admitting that privilege is an actual thing and that it's problematic.

White People: Trayvon Martin's Death Is Not About You

Anne Theriault | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada
Anne Theriault

I got home and found out about George Zimmerman's acquittal. I watched white people make this about them, and then I watched them slowly but surely provide themselves with the tools to forget that this had ever happened. And I watched black people wonder if their kid was next. When people of colour raise their voice, I'm going to do my best to make sure that they get a megaphone, and then I'm going to hightail it to the back of the room and listen.

Racism Isn't Just An American Thing

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Canadians gloss over our bloody history in order to pretend that we're better than the rest of the world, that racism isn't an issue here. It's only not an issue if you're not a person of colour. It's only not an issue if you've never had to watch your children grow up and battle their own skin colour in order to live. It's only not an issue if you're not someone like Trayvon Martin, walking in a neighbourhood where he looked suspicious because he was black.

When Comic Books Aren't So Funny

Jane Tolmie | Posted 04.12.2012 | Canada
Jane Tolmie

Comic memoirs facilitate emotional, intellectual, and ethical investments in the experiences of others. It is not about appropriation, or belittling empathy, nor is it a search for satisfaction via vicarious experience. It is about imagination and the transformative power of visual/verbal works that document the world around us, as anti-racist work calls for the re-imagination of that world.