I’m very interested in this problem. Yes, we could just give away the money and be done with it, but I’m interested in creating lasting impact. I’m super inspired by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet—unfortunately we didn’t make enough money to form a foundation with the proceeds, but there is plenty we can still do.
I certainly don’t think skin color is the only factor that impacts privilege. The idea of people having different starting lines is a is a much broader concept that applies even in countries where skin color may play a smaller role. Ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and other other factors all have varying levels of impact as they…
This totally makes sense when you consider that we get to build on the shoulders of those that came before us. Given how difficult it is to build a mountain all by yourself, it’s only natural that those closest to the top of society often come from families that spent generations building the mountain for them.
Thanks for sharing this! I, for one, and really bummed they didn’t follow through with your story as it sounds like one that I’d love to read—expressly as a counter-point to the narrative they were going for.
It seems like one of the biggest problems with this type of media coverage is an attempt to fit all people of a…
What I learned from 24 hours spent wading through a mostly-racist comment thread on LinkedIn.
Last week I published this same article on LinkedIn. Their editorial team promoted it, leading to tens of thousands of views and over 800 comments.
Gosh, I certainly didn’t mean to say poverty doesn’t exist, or that my childhood was miserable. I had it pretty good, actually.
I think you are taking issue solely with this one paragraph:
I was not born into wealth. Both of my parents were teachers. My dad worked an extra job making pizzas to pay…
Sure! This wasn’t meant to be a scholarly article, and the general premise of my post holds up even without this particular sentence, but it’s not hard to find plenty of supporting evidence for these statements.
Lending discrimination is still prevalent in many places…
Yay for finding common ground!
So it seems we can agree on a few things:
My wife and I adopted our first child, a Black baby boy, 6 years ago. We had friends that had done the same a year earlier and that year before our adoption we started seeking out articles and blog posts about transracial adoption. We wanted to be as woke — although I didn’t know the term at the time — as we could be if we were going to commit to…
Well sure. Love is the ultimate motivator for kindness. But that’s not the point I was making.
My argument is that if someone gives you something that not everyone else gets — say you win the lottery, or are randomly selected to receive a free vacation—the ideal response to that is also kindness.