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Unformatted text preview: The Possessive Investment in Whiteness What is the possessive investment in whiteness? For every discrimination, there is a privilege.- Race is not biology.- Race is a system of cultural categories that claim to be about biology. Gives it more of an argument It sets up hierarchies of privilege . You can discriminate against anyone for anything . Who has gotten to be white? It has been changed throughout history (Irish, Jews, and Catholics) Who is Black? African American Who has not gotten to be white? African Americans (cheap labor) One drop rule- all you need is one drop of black DNA makes you black, insures a steady supply of cheap labor, 1963 slavery ended Race is cultural What are the consequences of white privilege, of race, in Detroit? • Suburbs built in 1950s, for white returning WWII vets and they received GI Bill (free college) and low interest rates, they get a good job because they get a college education. • Blacks get stuck in the city, where it is crowded, and 90% of the houses that were tore down weren’t rebuilt (urban renewal). No free college, paying more for housing because they are renting, Social fact- everyone believes it true, and act like its true (Race) 1 Blacks get less than they deserve: subsidizes whites...
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ANT 3150 taught by Professor Smtih during the Spring '08 term at Wayne State University.
- Spring '08