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The Unbearable Whiteness of Being
Transcript of The Unbearable Whiteness of Being
of Oppression in America Courtney Kemp
Caressa Chester Radical postmodernism calls attention to those sensibilities which are shared across the boundaries of class, gender, and race, ties that would promote recognition of common commitments and serve as a base for solidarity and coalition. and which could be fertile ground for the construction of empathy-- "In 1492 World World I began and it's still going on today" -Cornel West "No. Statistics show that the most widely discriminated against people are white males between the ages of 18-25. In my opinion no one really worries about discriminating against white people, but they walk on eggshells, so to speak, as to not offend anyone else" 72 out of 94 people say that they have
experienced white privilege in daily life. "People don't see me as suspicious when I go through security checkpoints because I am a little white girl, but this has enabled me to get away with countless illegalities." cultural capital Is 'whiteness' something you are born with and inherently have, or is it a commodity, something of value that you can acheive? Immigration assumptions supported by oppression Intersectional
oppression Interlocking Systems of Power "Imperialist white-supremacist capitalist homophobic patriarchy " “If race is real and not just a method for the haves to decide who will be have-nots, then all European immigrants, from Ireland to Greece would have been ‘white’ the moment they arrived here. Instead, as documented in David Roediger’s excellent Working Toward Whiteness, they were long considered inferior, nearly subhuman, and certainly not white.” Mother Jones "The power of the ballot we need in sheer self-defence, --else what shall save us from a second slavery?"
--W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk "Then it dawned upon me with a certain suddenness that I was different from the others; or like, mayhap, in heart and life and longing, but shut out from their world by a vast veil. I had thereafter no desire to tear down that veil, to creep through; I held all beyond it in common contempt, and lived above it in a region of blue sky and great wandering shadows."
--W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk Why is this important? "The time has passed when the so-called race question, or Negro question, can be relegated to secondary or tertiary theoretical significance in bourgeois or Marxist discourses." -- Cornel West Marx and Race Bargaining Power Division of Labor Market Identification Negative as fuck. Setting a standard of performance and being rewarded for reaching that standard exists in many realms and can be a positive thing for motivation and personal growth. It's positive because in order to have a unified country, the people need to rally around some concept of the ideal person. White privilege oppresses people of color because it sustains a culture of fear, ignorance, and racism. White privilege--that is, the normalization of white skin as superior--perpetuates the idea that "race" is natural and that only people of color have it. Rather, I argue that race is a social construct and that white people need to begin, if we we are going to work for true equality and beauty in the world, to understand that they, too, have a socially constructed race and that it is not "standard" or "normal." In the business world it is positive. pierre bourdieu "service at shopping centers and restaurants" "Reverse Racism" 59% say: "Whiteness" is achievable; I can make certain choices to assimilate into the status quo no matter what my skin color is. "Ideologies have lives."
-John Grant "Cotton’s great-great-grandfather could not vote as a slave. His great-grandfather was beaten to death by the Ku Klux Klan for attempting to vote. His grandfather was prevented from voting by Klan intimidation. His father was barred from voting by poll taxes and literacy tests. Today, Jarvious Cotton cannot vote because he, like many black men in the United States, has been labeled a felon and is currently on parole." -- Michelle Alexander Alienation Positive. Is this a real question? “I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets which I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was ‘meant’ to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks.”
--Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” What do you believe is the extent to which white privilege exists in America today? 93% say it is widely or somewhat prominent These 6 people think it is uncommon or barely existent. "border checks" "driving tickets" Whiteness bell hooks Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow. New York, NY: The New Press, 2011. Print.
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Texts Images Interviews/Addresses
Martin, Londie. Personal Interview by Chester, Caressa, and Kemp, Courtney. 14 04 2011.
Cabrera, Nolan. Personal Interview by Chester, Caressa, and Kemp, Courtney. 08 04 2011.
Grant, John. Personal Interview by Chester, Caressa, and Kemp, Courtney. 19 04 2011.
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