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White Privilege

  1. Bennett on Toni Morrison's Work (
      "In examining Morrison's work, I have found it useful to divide the various representations of passing [for white] into three categories." 12-05

  2. Editorial on White Privilege (Jensen) star
      Explores the issue of "white privilege," unearned advantages because the person has light colored skin and European features.

      "Here's what white privilege sounds like: I'm sitting in my University of Texas office, talking to a very bright and very conservative white student about affirmative action in college admissions, which he opposes and I support. The student says he wants a level playing field with no unearned advantages for anyone. I ask him whether he thinks that being white has advantages in the United States. Have either of us, I ask, ever benefited from being white in a world run mostly by white people? Yes, he concedes, there is something real and tangible we could call white privilege."

      "So, if we live in a world of white privilege – unearned white privilege - how does that affect your notion of a level playing field? I asked. He paused for a moment and said, 'That really doesn't matter.' That statement, I suggested to him, reveals the ultimate white privilege: The privilege to acknowledge that you have unearned privilege but to ignore what it means."

      Awesome Library is not involved with the solicitation regarding Leonard Peltier at the end of the editorial. 12-03

  3. Morrison, Toni (African American Literature Book Club)
      "Toni Morrison born 1931 in Lorain, Ohio, is perhaps the most celebrated contemporary American novelist. Awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993, Morrison powerfully evokes in her fiction the legacies of displacement and slavery that have been bequeathed to the African-American community. Morrison was born in Ohio, educated at Howard University and Cornell University, and is now a member of the faculty of Princeton University. Her most widely read novel is perhaps Beloved (1987), which won the Pulitzer Prize and was recently adapted for film. Song of Solomon (1977), which won the 1978 National Book Critics Award for fiction, is perhaps the most lyrical of her novels." 12-05

  4. What Dolls Can Tell Us About Race (ABC News)
      "A new short film by a New York City high school student asks how far our society has come in its attitude toward race since the 1940s." 10-06

  5. What Is Race? ( - Hohman)
      "Negroid, Mongoloid and Caucasoid. These are the three races, right? Not so, according to science. While the American concept of race took off in the late 1600s and persists even today, researchers now argue that there’s no scientific basis for race. So, what exactly is race, and what are its origins?" 10-09

  6. Whiteness and Literary Imagination ( Jimoh)
      "Toni Morrison takes the position that the existing literary criticism in the United States has provided incomplete readings of its canonical literature and, further, has concealed the politics informing the critical practice itself. She points especially to the politics of the universal, which, as she presents it in Playing in the Dark, can easily be described as whiteness universalized, which situates whiteness as normative, unbiased, undifferentiated, always already legitimate, and thereby transcendent and timeless." 12-05


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