I don’t really understand how that is a question up for discussion on television news. I mean, even putting aside the gajillion ways that white people are privileged by, for instance, being able to think that whiteness is “normal,” studying world history from Eurocentric perspectives, and etc etc:
- Marijuana use is similar among black and white populations in the U.S., but young African Americans are more than THREE TIMES more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession or use than white Americans.
- Even after accounting for reasons like education disparity, geographical distribution, and occupation, there is a persistent wage gap: White people make are paid more than African Americans due to racial discrimination.
White privilege is a fact of every facet of American life. I realize I’m mostly preaching to the choir here, but this is not a political issue or a subject for debate. It is well-documented and irrefutable.
Orlando Jones - Bucket Challenge: This is powerful stuff! I did the ALS ice bucket challenge last night and while I think it’s a great cause and a great viral awareness campaign, it’s not something that is near to my heart. What has been on my heart a lot the past couple weeks has been the events unfolding in Ferguson and in this video Orlando Jones does a great job of bringing awareness to the issues surrounding Ferguson.
Minnehaha Falls: First Descent by OGP Productions
So, a guy did this the other day on Minnehaha Falls.
Rad! I’ve always wondered if anyone had ever done this… Dude broke his paddle, so gnarly!
I discovered the band The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die earlier this year thanks to the Absolute Punk Podcast. Their album The Whenever, If Ever is incredible. It brings me back to the punk/emo scene of the early 2000s, but still sounds fresh in 2014. In this live performance they play the first two songs off their album with the addition of spoken word artist Christopher Zizzamia, who takes the songs to whole other level. Check it out!