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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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