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Anti-Racism Approaches Prof. Jose Alamillo CES 101:06 Spring 2008 “White Awareness” Approach (Judith Katz) Liberal and Psychological approach to antiracism Sensitivity training in corporate America because racism impedes productivity Racism treated as psychological pathology White guilt as self-indulgent Develop a sense of positive identification with their whiteness Does not offer a transformative white identity Traitors to Whiteness Approach (Ignatiev and Garvey) Race Traitor: A Journal of the New Abolitionism “treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity” Radical anarchist approach: white supremacy is an ideology used by the wealthy to fool the white poor into being more race-loyal than class loyal Recovering a white anti-racist history (i.e. John Brown) Replacing whiteness with ethnic identities or multiethnic identity Encourage spontaneous rebellions and cultural crossovers among white youth (i.e. “Free to be me” group) Could lead to harmful unintended effects Whites cannot disavow whiteness and will lead to a “colorblindness” thus refusing responsibility White Revisionism Approach (Univ. of Mississippi) University 101 required freshmen course textbook: Traditions and Changes: The Univ. of Miss. In Principle and Practice History of Racism at “Ole Miss” and attempts at extending equality to fully acknowledge and overcome racism Tolerance for cultural differences Acknowledging white complicity in racism White identity needs to develop its own version of “double consciousness” -- two-sided sense of the past, both its negative (white supremacy) and positive (white antiracists) aspects.
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