The Magic Negro

As we close out the semester, I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have engaged the material that we touched on. Each of the authors brought a new and different understanding of what “white identity” really means. Some of the material was centered around capitalism (Roediger) other pieces were around religion (Perkinson). Others had […]

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Give Me “Liberty” Not “Freedom”

Liberty late 14c., “free choice, freedom to do as one chooses,” from Old French liberté “freedom, liberty, free will” (14c.), from Latin libertatem (nominative libertas) “freedom, condition of a free man; absence of restraint; permission,” from liber “free” (see liberal) Freedom Old English freodom “power of self-determination, state of free will; emancipation from slavery, deliverance;”… […]

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What Does It Mean to Be White?

Is not this the record of present America? Is not this its headlong progress? Are we not coming more and more, day by day, to making the statement “I am white,” the one fundamental tenet of our practical morality? Only when this basic, iron rule is involved is our defense of right nation-wide and prompt. […]

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Historical Agency

Overnight the Negro has been given two frames of reference within which he has had to place himself. His metaphysics, or, less pretentiously, his customs and the sources on which they were based, were wiped out because they were in conflict with a civilization that he did not know and that imposed itself on him. […]

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This “S**t” is Real

It is very easy to put the entire conversation about race in air quotes. “Segregation,” “the Klan,” “Prison Industrial Complex,” and even now “Ferguson” are reference points for most people who discuss them and not real and tangible parts of their world. This is one of the most powerful manifestations of the Possessive Investment in Whiteness […]

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