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  • L 4 White Privilege

    1. 1. White Privilege Based on the work of Tim Wise Lecture 4
    2. 2. “ White Treason” <ul><li>Treason against whiteness should be differentiated against treason against people called White. </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Languages of Race <ul><li>The vocabulary of collaboration uses phrases like this: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Playing the race card” </li></ul><ul><li>“ That happened a long time ago” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Get over it” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I didn’t mean anything by it; it was just a joke” </li></ul><ul><li>“ You’re being hypersensitive” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I have black friends” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Stop making excuses; take personal responsibility” </li></ul><ul><li>“ This is the greatest country on earth” </li></ul><ul><li>“ My family came here with nothing and they made it; why can’t they ?” </li></ul><ul><li>The language of resistance is a language that… </li></ul><ul><li>Explores the relationship between past and present, rather than running from the relationship or denying it. </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritizes outcome and impact over intent (so that racism is no longer seen as just individual bigotry and is seen as institutionalized). </li></ul><ul><li>Stops asking what’s wrong with people of culture and their cultures and starts asking what’s wrong with the dominant culture and its norms. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Misunderstandings about Racism <ul><li>Racism is exemplified through prejudiced individuals and their individual hateful actions. </li></ul><ul><li>Racism is interpersonal, that’s what it means, “bad stuff between a few people.” </li></ul><ul><li>All people of all races are guilty of racism sometimes. </li></ul><ul><li>There IS institutionalized racism against whites, in reverse discrimination regarding jobs and EEO “quotas.” </li></ul>
    5. 5. The “Success” Question <ul><li>“ Oprah and Barack made it; why can’t they all make it without any extra consideration?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I know this guy…” “I went to school with a girl who…” so why can’t they ?” </li></ul>
    6. 6. The Historical Perspective <ul><li>“ Don’t be too hard on Jefferson for his views toward African-Americans or Indians, and don’t judge Andrew Jackson so harshly for what he did to Native American people. They were both men of their time.” </li></ul>
    7. 7. Where do dissenting Whites fit in? <ul><li>The anachronistic argument says that everyone, especially white folks, agreed on how people of color were treated. </li></ul>
    8. 8. How can we be both well-meaning and complicit in perpetuating racism? <ul><li>Who buys most rap music? </li></ul>
    9. 9. What’s Wrong with Racial Profiling? <ul><li>There are two kinds of racial profiling: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. The over-application of an incident-specific criminal description in a way that results in the stopping and harassment of people based on skin color or other “ethnic” appearance. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. The disproportionate stopping, searching, frisking, and harassment of people of color in the hopes of uncovering a crime, even when there is no crime already in evidence for which a particular description might be available. </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Absurd Facts about Racial Profiling <ul><li>Blacks are more likely than whites to be stopped by police, and much more likely to be searched on suspicion of possessing illegal drugs, guns, or other contraband. </li></ul><ul><li>General crime rates, which due to economic factors are higher for Blacks, are irrelevant to the profiling issue. </li></ul><ul><li>And don’t forget—there are a lot of middle-class African-American people. They don’t participate in any crime, but because they’re Black, they’re subject to profiling too. </li></ul>
    11. 11. A Caveat about “Race” <ul><li>Race is not a biological fact </li></ul>
    12. 12. What is Race? <ul><li>A social construct, sometimes based on physical appearance (sometimes not), useful in maintaining hegemony (power), keeping in mind that in a racist construct, “the white race” has historically been the “race” in power. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Was there always a “white” race? <ul><li>No! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The “white race” perfectly illustrates that race is a social construct . </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Why would power elites “invent” the white race? <ul><li>To divide poor folks of European background from slaves and poor black people. </li></ul>
    15. 15. And guess what? Those doggone power elites are still at it! <ul><li>There are a lot of legal and illegal immigrants coming in from Mexico (don’t forget their skin color)… </li></ul><ul><li>Who are the white working class mad at? </li></ul><ul><li>The immigrants, or the corporate elite? </li></ul>
    16. 16. English-Only <ul><li>Why do you think a discussion of English-Only fits within the context of a discussion about white hegemony and institutionalized racism? </li></ul>
    17. 17. Black Pride, Latino Pride, Native Pride <ul><li>Why no White Pride? </li></ul><ul><li>And hey, “they’re” getting all the…scholarships, jobs, opportunities, and I’m being discriminated against. </li></ul>
    18. 18. I’m white, and I’m mad at you <ul><li>Or I feel guilty, or helpless… </li></ul><ul><li>And I hate this lecture… </li></ul>
    19. 19. I Thought We Were Past All This <ul><li>…… because of Obama! </li></ul>

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