Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism by Shannon SullivanArgues for the necessity of a new ethos for middle-class white anti-racism.
Building on her book Revealing Whiteness, Shannon Sullivan identifies a constellation of attitudes common among well-meaning white liberals that she sums up as “white middle-class goodness.” She critiques this orientation as being more concerned with establishing anti-racist bona fides than with confronting systematic racism and privilege.
Sullivan untangles the complex relationships between class and race in contemporary white identity and outlines four ways this orientation is expressed, each serving to establish one’s lack of racism:
* The denigration of lower-class white people as responsible for ongoing white racism
* The demonization of antebellum slaveholders
* An emphasis on colorblindness, especially in the context of white childrearing
* The cultivation of attitudes of white guilt, shame, and betrayal
To move beyond these distancing strategies, Sullivan argues, white people need a new ethos that acknowledges and transforms their whiteness in the pursuit of racial justice rather than seeking a self-righteous distance from it.
Shannon Sullivan is Head of the Philosophy Department and Professor of Philosophy, Women’s Studies, and African American Studies at Penn State University. She is the author and editor of many books, including Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance (coedited with Nancy Tuana), also published by SUNY Press.
A well-intentioned play has its say at Barrington Stage Company
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About this show
Germain Stage. Lynett's play focuses on a young academically accomplished black female college professor named Cass Myxolydia Tyler in a striking, finely tuned, roiling performance , a member of the arts faculty at a small liberal arts college in a "hip and liberal town in a red state Maybe Austin or Orlando or [Lynett's native] Northwest Arkansas," Lynett writes in the introductory pages of her manuscript. Cass' academic specialty is the literature and art of the African diaspora with a particular focus on the Caribbean. She is on a tenure track. And then, her well-ordered life begins to come apart.