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Black History Month for White People: Racism Is Our Problem

FāVS columnist Sarah Henn Hayward explores how racism in America is a White problem and what White Americans can do about it this Black History month.

One White Man in an African-American World

In the beginning, that discomfort was awkward, but by the end of the conference, I had come to understand that unless and until I became uncomfortable with my white privilege, I would never change.  And change, I came to realize, was something I desperately needed.

A Lost Soul at Lost Lake

It was near there on my family’s first trip where I first experienced the ecological balance of nature, and how we could really mess it up.

Council meeting a reminder that we need to confront racism in community

We were hearing a sermon at the Church of White Privilege; and the followers in the Chase Gallery were ready to worship.

Black is the New Black: White Privilege and White Fragility

In 1900, W. E. B. Du Bois declared that “the problem of the 20th century” would be “the problem of the color line.” His prediction is just as true for our 21st century. Black men and women in contemporary America are judged not by the content of their character, but by the color of their skin.

Checking his privilege: A response to Tal Fortgang

For a while I’ve been meaning to address the controversial essay “Checking My Privilege,” by Jewish college student Tal Fortgang. At Princeton, Fortgang’s fellow collegians apparently advise him to check his privilege on a regular basis.

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