“I Don’t See Color” Personal and Critical Perspectives on White Privilege
Pennsylvania State University Press
6 x 9
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-271-06499-4
Bettina Bergo, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
Tracey Nicholls, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois
Who is white, and why should we care? There was a time when the immigrants of New York City’s Lower East Side—the Irish, the Poles, the Italians, the Russian Jews—were not white, but now “they” are. There was a time when the French-speaking working classes of Quebec were told to “speak white,” that is, to speak English. Whiteness is an allegorical category before it is demographic.
This volume gathers together some of the most influential scholars of privilege and marginalization in philosophy, sociology, economics, psychology, literature, and history to examine the idea of whiteness. Drawing from their diverse racial backgrounds and national origins, these scholars weave their theoretical insights into essays critically informed by personal narrative. This approach, known as “braided narrative,” animates the work of award-winning author Eula Biss. Moved by Biss’s fresh and incisive analysis, the editors have assembled some of the most creative voices in this dialogue, coming together across the disciplines.
Along with the editors, the contributors are Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Nyla R. Branscombe, Drucilla Cornell, Lewis R. Gordon, Paget Henry, Ernest-Marie Mbonda, Peggy McIntosh, Mark McMorris, Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, Victor Ray, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, Louise Seamster, Tracie L. Stewart, George Yancy, and Heidi A. Zetzer.
- Preface / Eula Biss
- Introduction / Bettina Bergo and Tracey Nicholls
- Part I. What is White Privilege?
- Chapter 1: Deprivileging Philosophy / Peggy McIntosh
- Chapter 2: White Privilege and the Problem with Affirmative Action / Lewis R. Gordon
- Chapter 3: Revisioning “White Privilege” / Marilyn Nissim-Sabat
- Part II. The Images and Rhetoric of White Privilege
- Chapter 4: The Very Image of Privilege: Film Creation of White Transcendentals in Vienna and Hollywood / Bettina Bergo
- Chapter 5: Painting and Negotiating Colors / Lilia Moritz Schwarcz
- Chapter 6: I Was an Honorary White Man: Reflections on Space, Place, and Origin / Mark McMorris
- Part III. Troubling Privilege
- Chapter 7: Whiteness as Insidious: On the Embedded and Opaque White Racist Self / George Yancy
- Chapter 8: White Privilege: The Luxury of Undivided Attention / Heidi A. Zetzer
- Chapter 9: The Costs of Privilege and Dividends of Privilege Awareness: The Social Psychology of Confronting Inequality / Tracie L. Stewart and Nyla R. Branscombe
- Chapter 10: Unpacking the Imperialist Knapsack: White Privilege and Imperialism in Obama’s America / Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Victor Ray, and Louise Seamster
- Part IV. Other Perspectives on White and Western Privilege
- Chapter 11: Whiteness and Africana Political Economy / Paget Henry
- Chapter 12: The Great White North: Failing Muslim-Canadians – Failing Us All / Tracey Nicholls
- Chapter 13: Rethinking Ethical Feminism through uBuntu / Drucilla Cornell
- Chapter 14: The Afrocentrist Critique of Eurocentrism: The Decolonization of Knowledge /Ernest-Marie Mbonda
- Contributor Biographies