Download Image Two decades ago, a book by Black studies scholar and sociologist George Lipsitz fueled national discussions of race in America. Where We Were and Where We Are In this 20th anniversary edition, published by Temple University Press, Lipsitz offers, in addition to updated statistics, analyses of defining issues and events, including the nature of anti-immigrant mobilizations; police assaults on Black women; the killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray and others; the legacy of the Obama administration and the emergence of President Donald Trump; the Charlottesville mob action and killing of protester Heather Heyer and other hate crimes; and the ways in which white fragility, fear — and failure — are driving a new ethno-nationalism. The book, he said, identifies ways in which power, property, and the politics of race in our society continue to contain unacknowledged and unacceptable allegiances to white supremacy. My job, first of all, was to update the facts and figures to point to the fact that violent incidents like Dylann Roof walking into a church in Charleston and gunning down nine people is only the tip of the iceberg. Some 60, Black people die prematurely every year because of the stress caused by discrimination and by place-based impediments to medical care, healthy food and clean water and air. Rather, it offers a path toward justice, a way of expanding democracy for everyone.
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The possessive investment in whiteness? Bill Moore was a white man in the who, distressed by the racial violence in Mississippi, went on a one man march from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi to deliver a letter to Governor Barnett. During his march, he was threatened and murdered.
These things include but are not limited to a good education, fair housing, power, good jobs, and social status. His actions forced my first confrontations with the possessive investment in whiteness—a poisonous system of privilege that pits people against each other and prevents the creation of common ground.
Exposing, analyzing, and eradicating this pathology is an obligation that we all share, white people most of all. Lipsitz xix Lipsitz offers compelling, emotional, and historical facts and stories to support his claim that America has an investment in whiteness. His major story is about Bill Moore and the reasons as to why his murder affected Lipsitz and how it should affect others. The reverse was also a consequence of the investment in whiteness, black slaves were recruited into militias in order to fight the Native Americans Lipsitz 3.
For example, in the Brown v. Board of Education, although slavery is no more, segregation is rampant. This proposition meant the denial of health benefits, education, and other everyday subsidies to undocumented residents. Even when Lipsitz references his sources, his information is from a source that is biased toward his subject. When Lipsitz writes about the riots in L.
Not only was this information from a biased source, but the numbers do not differentiate or specify if all 47, of the cases reported between and were from blacks involved in the riots of L. Share Article:.
The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics
Shelves: race An important subject and a good intro. Whiteness has a cash value: it accounts for advantages that come to individuals through profits made from housing secured in discriminatory markets, though the unequal educational opportunities available to children of different races, through An important subject and a good intro. Whiteness has a cash value: it accounts for advantages that come to individuals through profits made from housing secured in discriminatory markets, though the unequal educational opportunities available to children of different races, through insider networks that channel employment opportunities to the relatives and friends of those who profited most from present and past racial discrimination, and especially through intergenerational transfers of inherited wealth that pass on the spoils of discrimination to succeeding generations. I argue that white Americans are encouraged to invest in whiteness, to remain true to an identity that provides them with resources, power, and opportunity [vii].
‘The Possessive Investment in Whiteness’