Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

2 Key Paragraphs to consider:

"This is not said to make white people feel guilty about their privilege. It’s not your fault that you were born with white skin and experience these privileges. But whether you realize it or not, you do benefit from it, and it is your fault if you don’t maintain awareness of that fact."

"there are so many more points in the essay where the word "class" could be substituted for the word "race," which would ultimately paint a very different picture …. Poverty colors nearly everything about your perspective on opportunities for advancement in life. Middle-class, educated people assume that anyone can achieve their goals if they work hard enough. Folks steeped in poverty rarely see a life past working at the gas station, making the rent on their trailer, and self-medicating with cigarettes and prescription drugs until they die of a heart attack. "

[some of the items for context]
“I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.”

"When I am told about our national heritage or about ‘civilization,’ I am shown that people of my color made it what it is."

"If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race."

"I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time."

"If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area, which I can afford and in which I would want to live."

"I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me."

"I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed."

"If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on white privilege."

Leona 1v3 Tower Dive

Welcome to the Big Plays Spotlight! In this feature, we highlight the most epic plays, from meticulously-coordinated early tower dives to mind-blowing cross-map jukes.

This is why you never dive a highly-skilled Leona player. Watch closely as Guanine (also known as Cytosine), a high-Diamond I support main, methodically thwarts and punishes a three-man tower dive.

"Leona quickly makes Udyr her first victim, locking him under turret with absolute brute force. Despite all of her spells being on cooldown, she bluffs Varus with an aggressive Flash—not only scaring him off but also forcing Thresh to take turret aggro. With careful spacing between her enemies, the Radiant Dawn buys time to chug potions and get her spells off cooldown before re-engaging Thresh. Finally, as the last enemy melee minion falls, the newly-level 6 Leona snipes Varus just as he barely touches the edge of the turret’s range.

Leona got credit for those three kills, but the bot outer turret deserves an honorable mention for assisting with 11 shots.”

Retrieved from: http://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/riot-official/PFUroE4b-big-plays-spotlight-leonaos-last-stand

(Source: youtube.com)

Alex Landau and Patsy Hathaway

Today on StoryCorps we’ll hear about an incident that occurred in 2009 between police in Denver Colorado and an African American teenager.

When Alex Landau was a college student, he was severely beaten by Denver Police officers after a traffic stop.

Alex is African-American. He was adopted by a white couple and he grew up in largely white, middle-class suburbs of Denver.

At StoryCorps, Alex and his mother, Patsy Hathaway, talked about how Alex’s race has influenced his life and what happened that night when police pulled him over.

Just a warning — this story contains graphic imagery and language.

“I was about … dead black male”

Alex Landau and his mother, Patsy Hathaway, in Aurora Colorado.

In 2011, Alex was awarded a $795,000 settlement by the City of Denver. Two of the officers involved have since been fired from the Denver Police for other incidents.

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