Is the rhetoric of “White Privilege” just the modern way of acknowledging historical and systemic truths of racism, or does it point to a novel way for acknowledging injustice, or does it on the contrary obscure these insights by involving confused claims about group responsibility and guilt?
We are rejoined by guest Lawrence Ware to discuss several sources, some less formal than others. Cultural sources included:
1. Peggy McIntosh: “Unpacking the Invisible Backpack” (1989)
2. Tim Wise: “White Like Me” documentary (2016)
3. George Yancy: “Dear White America” (2015 editorial in the NY Times The Stone)
4. John McWhorter: “The Privilege of Checking White Privilege” (2015 editorial in the Daily Beast)
Academic articles included:
1. Charles W. Mills: “White Ignorance” (2007)
2. Lewis R. Gordon: “Critical Reflections on Three Popular Tropes in the Study of Whiteness” (2004) (From What White Looks Like, George Yancy, ed)
3. Lawrence Blum: “White privilege: A mild critique” (2008)
You may wish to first listen to our initial foray into philosophy and race, where we talked about DuBois, MLK, and others.
McIntosh picture by Olle Halvars.