Questions, Reading 5, Lipsitz

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Alea Roach 10-4-04 TA Stephanie Farrar Discussion Questions on “The possessive Investment in Whiteness: Racialized Social Democracy and the ‘White’ Problem in American Studies by George Lipsitz 1) Lipsitz’s opening paragraph in this essay describes Richard Wright’s response to a question posed by a journalist. This response was, “There isn’t a Negro problem; there is only a white problem.” Then, Lipsitz goes on to use this statement as the basis and main point of his essay. In responding to the reporters questions, did Richard Wright actually imply all that Lipsitz argues in his essay? Were these arguments posed by Lipsitz really what Wright intended when he
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Unformatted text preview: answered the question the way he did? Or did Lipsitz attach his own beliefs and opinions to a statement which was not intended by the speaker to carry all the implications Lipsitz placed upon it. 2) The perspective from which this essay is written is very interesting, and knowing his background might help to clarify his point of view, and how he views American society. What is Lipsitz’s ethnic background? Is he from the upper, middle, or lower class? Where does he live and where was he born? Is there anywhere I can find his biography or more information about him?...
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