The Garment of Identity


Raoul Wieland explains that while it’s wonderful to see diversity as beautiful, we also need to actively recognize the ways in which people are discriminated against.

Bravery in the Ivy League


Kyle Ashlee discusses the reality of discrimination at Dartmouth College and the importance of student activism in creating change at a school that is often thought to be perfect.

What a BuzzFeed Quiz Taught Me About Privilege


BuzzFeed’s “How Privileged Are You?” quiz exposed to Pauline Gaines the blind spots in her understanding of privilege. She also discovered the ominous limitations of such a test.

Problems With Privilege


The way we talk about privilege implies that if you drew the right card, your life is perfect.

The Joy of Affluenza: Privilege, Race, and the Ethan Couch Case

be cool

Michael Amity delves into privilege–a mammoth, undermentioned topic that he feels is an institutional inequity supporter.

This Infograph About Privilege Made My Day


Tweet  Robot Hugs explains privilege (and what to do about it) in an easy-to-understand way. I know, these privilege conversations can suck but we really need to have them. The idea is simple: there is an uneven power distribution that makes life easier for some of us (like me: a white cisgender-female), while making life […]

Writing in the First World


In response to the execution of Iranian poet and activist Hashem Shaabani, Poetry Editor Charlie Bondhus reflects on privilege, writing, and poetry’s function as a tool of social change.

“Yeah, Mr. Perkins and his fellow billionaires are horribly persecuted and denigrated in our society.”

tom perkins

This comment by JohnH on the post Dear Mr. Perkins: It’s Not Kristallnacht

“Rage should always be reconsidered and de-escalated as quickly as possible, and forgiveness should never be taken for granted.”

good intentions

This comment by EnterNight on the post Intent vs Impact: Why Your Intentions Don’t Really Matter

You Are a Role Model. Reluctancy Doesn’t Change That.


We are examples for others, whether we want to be or not. We influence the development of those around us. Let’s embrace this rather than live in the fantasy that it doesn’t exist.

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

trailer black and white

Gina Crosley-Corcoran grew up in the type of poverty Americans like to pretend doesn’t exist, so it was hard for her to believe she had any privilege.

Black Privilege? Black Guilt? I Think I Have Them.


The greatest impediment to black people in 2014 is the idea that there is an authentic “black”-ness. Barack Obama would never be president if he believed that.

“…if you could snap your fingers and trade places with that more privileged person, would you?”


Tweet This Comment by wellokaythen on the post The Luxury of Invisible Privilege When it comes to questions of privilege, I like to apply what I call the Envy Test: if you could snap your fingers and trade places with that more privileged person, would you do it? If not, then why not? (For the […]

The Suffering of Our Privilege


Cameron Conaway suffered from a few days of culture shock when he arrived in Thailand, and a few months of it when he arrived back home to Pennsylvania.

Does Privilege Make My Voice Illegitimate?

books b&w

Raoul Wieland tries to balance his natural-born privileges with his own sadness and feelings of being unmoored to any larger social issue.

A Meditation on a Can of Peanut Butter: Barter As the Coin of the Realm

Peanut butter and jelly photo by bark

The Rev. Neil O’Farrell’s reverie about honor and dignity.