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By ROBERT JENSEN | July 19, 1998
Here's what white privilege sounds like:.....I'm sitting in my University of Texas office, talking to a very bright and very conservative white student about affirmative action in college admissions, which he opposes and I support.The student says he wants a level playing field with no unearned advantages for anyone. I ask him whether he thinks that being white has advantages in the United States. Have either of us, I ask, ever benefited from being white in a world run mostly by white people?
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 17, 2014
Here we go again. Same stuff, different day. Deja vu all over again. A monthly New York newspaper, The WestView News, uses an objectionable headline (" The N----r In The White House ") on a piece in its July edition, which argues that much of the shrill hatred toward President Obama is rooted in racism. Not surprisingly, the headline gets more attention than the argument. Then on Sunday, Attorney General Eric Holder again blames "racial animus" for some of the more strident opposition to the president.
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By Michael Holden | August 2, 1998
CounterpointOn July 19, Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas, wrote a Perspective article that said many whites have prospered merely because they're white. The ultimate white privilege occurs when whites concede that they have unearned privilege and ignore what that means, he asserted. Today, Michael Holden takes an opposing view.The problem with white privilege is that it gives rise to articles such as Professor Robert Jensen's "White Privilege Shapes the U.S.," which appeared in Perspective July 19.For starters, Jensen apologizes for being born white in a majority-white country.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | May 25, 2014
I've been thinking a lot about college lately. It's not as though it's staring me in the face, either. The oldest is finishing his freshman year in high school. The youngest is still in elementary school. Still, what's occurring on America's college campuses is on my front burner. First and foremost is the ever-escalating cost of a four-year degree - the cause of many a sleepless night for moms and dads. Tuition, fees, room and board for many private colleges has now hit $60,000 a year.
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By Robert Jensen | July 4, 1999
LAST JULY, I wrote an article about white privilege for The Sun and every week since it appeared, I have received at least a dozen letters from people who want to talk about race.A wire service carried the article and it was picked up by newspapers across the nation. More people found it on the Internet, where electronic copies wound up on discussion lists. And Ambrose Lane, who is black and hosts a talk radio show in Washington, D.C., discussed the article on the air and offered to send copies to anybody who requested one.Since the article appeared on July 19, 1998, I have given a lot more thought to who I am, and I've learned a lot more about why many white people can't come to terms with my premise: whites, whether overtly racist or not, benefit from living in a mostly white-run world that has been built on the land and the backs of non-white people.
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By JENNIFER BROWN and JENNIFER BROWN,THE DENVER POST | January 15, 2006
People stare when University of Colorado student Maren Gauldin wears her "Black is Beautiful" T-shirt. That's because she's white. The shirt, Gauldin says, is like a tag that forces her to engage in conversations about race, forces her to feel a tiny bit like black and Latino students on an overwhelmingly white campus. "Every time I put it on, I feel uncomfortable," Gauldin told students at a white-privilege symposium last month that filled an auditorium and spilled into a hallway. "It helps me think about the kind of activist I want to be."
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2011
ESPN posed a question a few hours ago that has created a storm to rival Hurricane Irene: What if Michael Vick were white? In an essay posted just posted online that will appear in the Sept. 5 issue of the magazine, columnist Toure wrote: "Race is an undeniable and complex element of Vick's story, both because of his style as well as the rarity of black QBs in the NFL. A decade after he became the first black QB to be drafted No. 1 overall, about one in five of the league's passers is African-American, compared with two-thirds of all players.
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By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | December 17, 1997
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- President Nelson Mandela left his ruling African National Congress yesterday with a warning that opposition parties would unite in the next general election in an attempt to defeat the country's first black majority government and maintain white privilege here."
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By Robert Holland | October 30, 2007
When he was governor of Maryland in 2004, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. stirred a hornet's nest when he denounced multiculturalism as "bunk" on a talk-radio show. Because many Americans believe multiculturalism merely means teaching children in a wholesome way about diverse cultures, Mr. Ehrlich drew heat. Now, the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), the main advocacy organization for multiculturalism, is coming to Baltimore to hold its 17th annual national convention tomorrow through Sunday.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 17, 2014
Here we go again. Same stuff, different day. Deja vu all over again. A monthly New York newspaper, The WestView News, uses an objectionable headline (" The N----r In The White House ") on a piece in its July edition, which argues that much of the shrill hatred toward President Obama is rooted in racism. Not surprisingly, the headline gets more attention than the argument. Then on Sunday, Attorney General Eric Holder again blames "racial animus" for some of the more strident opposition to the president.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
When he was growing up near Mondawmin Mall and the Christmas season rolled around, Andrew Dubose rarely missed a chance to visit the old man in the red suit and white beard who always gave him such a warm holiday greeting. Now 39, married, and the father of three, Dubose drives his children from the family's home in Randallstown so they can sit with the same man in exactly the same spot - Lucas Durant, the longest-running black Santa Claus in Baltimore. "Santa loves you," Durant, 65, tells Dubose's children, Jasmine, 15; Mason, 2; and Drew, 6 months, as he did their father decades ago. "Santa Luke," as he's known, has been Kriss Kringle at Mondawmin Mall for 29 years running.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2011
ESPN posed a question a few hours ago that has created a storm to rival Hurricane Irene: What if Michael Vick were white? In an essay posted just posted online that will appear in the Sept. 5 issue of the magazine, columnist Toure wrote: "Race is an undeniable and complex element of Vick's story, both because of his style as well as the rarity of black QBs in the NFL. A decade after he became the first black QB to be drafted No. 1 overall, about one in five of the league's passers is African-American, compared with two-thirds of all players.
NEWS
By Robert Holland | October 30, 2007
When he was governor of Maryland in 2004, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. stirred a hornet's nest when he denounced multiculturalism as "bunk" on a talk-radio show. Because many Americans believe multiculturalism merely means teaching children in a wholesome way about diverse cultures, Mr. Ehrlich drew heat. Now, the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), the main advocacy organization for multiculturalism, is coming to Baltimore to hold its 17th annual national convention tomorrow through Sunday.
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By JENNIFER BROWN and JENNIFER BROWN,THE DENVER POST | January 15, 2006
People stare when University of Colorado student Maren Gauldin wears her "Black is Beautiful" T-shirt. That's because she's white. The shirt, Gauldin says, is like a tag that forces her to engage in conversations about race, forces her to feel a tiny bit like black and Latino students on an overwhelmingly white campus. "Every time I put it on, I feel uncomfortable," Gauldin told students at a white-privilege symposium last month that filled an auditorium and spilled into a hallway. "It helps me think about the kind of activist I want to be."
NEWS
By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | January 19, 2000
RHINERSPRUIT, South Africa -- Hendrik Robbertze's Afrikaner people once ruled this country as the last entrenched white supremacists on the continent. Now he sometimes feels like an outsider in his own land. From the rolling acres that his wife's family has farmed for generations, he has watched in dismay as South Africa has been transformed from more than three centuries of white domination to black majority rule. A prominent Afrikaner -- a South African of European origin -- he is now part of a white minority that he sees as beleaguered, consigned to the margins of national life under a government determined to make this a truly African state.
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By Robert Jensen | July 4, 1999
LAST JULY, I wrote an article about white privilege for The Sun and every week since it appeared, I have received at least a dozen letters from people who want to talk about race.A wire service carried the article and it was picked up by newspapers across the nation. More people found it on the Internet, where electronic copies wound up on discussion lists. And Ambrose Lane, who is black and hosts a talk radio show in Washington, D.C., discussed the article on the air and offered to send copies to anybody who requested one.Since the article appeared on July 19, 1998, I have given a lot more thought to who I am, and I've learned a lot more about why many white people can't come to terms with my premise: whites, whether overtly racist or not, benefit from living in a mostly white-run world that has been built on the land and the backs of non-white people.
NEWS
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | May 25, 2014
I've been thinking a lot about college lately. It's not as though it's staring me in the face, either. The oldest is finishing his freshman year in high school. The youngest is still in elementary school. Still, what's occurring on America's college campuses is on my front burner. First and foremost is the ever-escalating cost of a four-year degree - the cause of many a sleepless night for moms and dads. Tuition, fees, room and board for many private colleges has now hit $60,000 a year.
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
When he was growing up near Mondawmin Mall and the Christmas season rolled around, Andrew Dubose rarely missed a chance to visit the old man in the red suit and white beard who always gave him such a warm holiday greeting. Now 39, married, and the father of three, Dubose drives his children from the family's home in Randallstown so they can sit with the same man in exactly the same spot - Lucas Durant, the longest-running black Santa Claus in Baltimore. "Santa loves you," Durant, 65, tells Dubose's children, Jasmine, 15; Mason, 2; and Drew, 6 months, as he did their father decades ago. "Santa Luke," as he's known, has been Kriss Kringle at Mondawmin Mall for 29 years running.
NEWS
By LEONARD PITTS JR | April 13, 1999
AFTER a while, the stories all begin to sound the same. They always begin with an immigrant who came here generations ago with nothing to his name but a suitcase stuffed with dreams. He worked hard to better himself.Eventually, he pulled himself up by the proverbial bootstraps, made a little money, bought a little house, built a family and a life.The person telling the story -- typically a son or grandson of the immigrant -- always means it as a rebuke of the claim that he, the offspring, has any connection to past inequities or enjoys advantages because he is white and male.
NEWS
By Scott Shane | January 28, 1999
THREE of us had parked our car just north of Preston Street on Greenmount Avenue and were crossing the street to eat lunch at the venerable soul food restaurant, the Yellow Bowl. Half the block where we parked is boarded; two houses are burned out and open to the weather, sky visible through the roof. The illegal drug trade bustles in the area.As we waited for the light to change to cross Preston, a gaunt man on the opposite corner suddenly yelled, "Tighten up! Tighten up!" The cry was echoed by a couple of other voices, sending some men scurrying away.
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