Friday, December 25, 2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Is White Guilt Useless, or a Moral Necessity?

From the New York Times:

White Debt Reckoning with what is owed — and what can never be repaid — for racial privilege.

This thoughtful essay by award-winning non-fiction writer Eula Biss meditates on the question of white guilt in the context of recent (and past) incidents of racial injustice in America. Thought-provoking.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Whiteness Studies Resists the Myth of a Post-Racial America

Barack Obama's election helped fuel the myth that the United States is entering a "post-racial" era in which white privilege is on the decline. Whiteness Studies scholars answer: not so fast. Read the article.

White Privilege in the News: Articles in Salon

Salon online provides updates on white privilege in the news. Check it out: White Privilege in the News on Salon.

Death Rates Rising for Less Educated, Middle-aged Whites

A new study revealed a surprising decline in the survival rates for less educated, middle-aged whites. Causes for the decline included suicide, drug abuse, and alcoholism. Is this a result of the economic policies that have driven up economic inequality in the United States over the past two decades, destroying the hopes of those without advanced skills? Is it a psychological response to a perceived loss in the value of white privilege?
Read the New York Times coverage

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

How does white supremacy operate in our "post-racial" era? Read this analysis of the operations of police and city officials in Ferguson, Mo., who plunder the black residents while getting their friends and families special treatment. Another trenchant piece by TA-NEHISI COATES.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Nell Irvin Painter Discusses Her Book "History of White People"

Check out this informative interview with Painter about her very insightful book.

Welcome to the New Site

This site will now begin taking the place of my previous Whiteness Studies site. That site will remain up, and I encourage you to visit it for archived material on whiteness studies and for teaching tools, some of which will be copied here as well.

There's also a Whiteness Studies section on my home page, where you can also find my credentials and copies of some of my other publications.

The most popular item on this site has been my essay Who Invented White People?, published in the Thomson Reader: Conversations in Context, ed. Robert P. Yagelski. Boston: Thomson/Heinle, 2007. 96-102 in 2007.