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One White Dad Who Can't Dismiss White Privilege

Posted by Lisa Abbott on November 18, 2014

A World Trust donor recently sent us link to an article entitled "7 Things I Can Do That My Black Son Can't."  The author, Calvin Hennick, is a white father of two bi-racial children.  We appreciate his commentary, including this:
In my experience, white people (and straight people, and male people, and Christian people — all groups of which I’m a member) tend to dismiss the notion that we’re privileged. It’s an uncomfortable thing to acknowledge that you’re the recipient of unfair benefits, especially when those benefits are often nearly invisible to those who receive them. But when you’re a parent, those privileges stop being invisible. It’s the reason why male congressmen with daughters are more likely to support women’s issues. It’s the reason why Ohio Sen. Rob Portman suddenly declared his support for same-sex marriage after his son came out as gay. And it’s the reason why, everywhere I look, I see hassles that my son will have to face that I don’t.

Hennick goes on to enumerate a list of things he can do "without hassle." For example, walk through a store without being followed, lose his temper in traffic, and complain about racism.

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Topics: K-12, Film: Mirrors of Privilege, White Privilege, Talk about Race

Great Expectations: Race, Ethnicity, and Education

Posted by Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong on October 30, 2014

The lagging American school system has been the topic of fretful thinkpieces for years. In order to pull ahead, so the story goes, we must test more often, drill more often, get to the root of why our students are underperforming.

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Topics: K-12, Resources for Facilitators & Educators, Dia Penning, Racial Equity Learning

Join Us June 27th for "A 21st Century Conversation about Race"

Posted by Lisa Abbott on May 19, 2010

Help us complete our current project! On Sunday, June 27th, World Trust will hold the benefit event Cracking the Codes: A 21st Century Conversation about Race in Oakland, CA.  Using preview clips of the World Trust's latest film in production as a catalyst, Shakti Butler, PhD will facilitate a conversation about the internal and external components of racism.  Confused or frustrated by racial divide? Come find out how Oakland nonprofit World Trust is working to re-frame the national conversation  -- and participate in it yourself.  It will be an afternoon of dialogue, community building, and insight for positive change.  Register now or buy a ticket at the door.

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Topics: Film: Cracking the Codes, Healthcare, Higher Ed, K-12, Diversity Workshops