Whiteness in the News: A Select Archive



New Book Documents "Whites Only" Policies for Whole Towns

When Signs Said 'Get Out' In 'Sundown Towns': Racism in the Rearview Mirror
By Peter Carlson

Read the article...





The New York Times reports that

Top Jobs in College Sports Still Go to White Males, Study Finds

White men continue to hold the vast majority of the most powerful jobs in college sports, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, at the University of Central Florida.

The report, "The Buck Stops Here: Assessing Diversity Among Campus and Conference Leaders for Division I-A Schools in 2006," was based on a study that found that while slightly more members of minority groups were hired as presidents, athletics directors, and head football coaches of colleges in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I-A during 2005, nearly 90 percent of all of those positions were still held by white men and women.

The 11 conference commissioners in Division I-A, who control the purse strings to the Bowl Championship Series in college football, are all white men. Read the article by Brad Wolverton... or go to the complete report.

For a related story, see the article in The Nation about Anthony Prior's new book, The Slave Side of Sunday, that exposes the racist structure of white supremacy in the control of professional football.


Wilmington White Supremacy Uprising Documented in New Report

http://www.nytimes.com/ By JOHN DeSANTIS

WILMINGTON, N.C., Dec. 18 - Beneath canopies of moss-draped oaks, on sleepy streets graced by antebellum mansions, tour guides here spin stories of Cape Fear pirates and Civil War blockade-runners for eager tourists.
Only scant mention is made, however, of the bloody rioting more than a century ago during which black residents were killed and survivors banished by white supremacists, who seized control of the city government in what historians say is the only successful overthrow of a local government in United States history.
But last week, Wilmington revisited that painful history with the release of a draft of a 500-page report ordered by the state legislature that not only tells the story of the Nov. 10, 1898, upheaval, but also presents an analysis of its effects on black families that persist to this day. Read the article...

Visit the web site of the Wilmington Race Riot Commission


Why Race Isn't as 'Black' and 'White' as We Think

By BRENT STAPLES copyright October 31, 2005 The New York Times

DNA test results underscore what anthropologists have said for eons: racial distinctions as applied in this country are social categories and not scientific concepts. Most of us are mixed, whether we know it or not. In addition, those categories draw hard, sharp distinctions among groups of people who are more alike than they are different. The ultimate point is that none of us really know who we are, ancestrally speaking. All we ever really know is what our parents and grandparents have told us. Read the whole story...





"White: Whiteness and Race in Contemporary Art" Exhibit Opens

The International Center for Photography features a new exhibition on whiteness and race in art. Read the New York Times review of the show, curated by Maurice Berger. According to the Center's web site, the exhibit "asks all Americans—and especially white people—to take stock of the political, psychological, economic, and cultural implication of white skin, white entitlement, and white privilege."



For another recent exhibit, read about the show "Whiteness: A Wayward Construction," mounted at the Laguna Art Museum in July of 2003, also reviewed by the L.A. Weekly in an article by Holly Myers.







History Repeats Itself (Again)

timothy ellender

Read the whole sad story from the October 18 Times-Picayune, plus a related episode involving college students in Wisconsin.

White Privilege in Brazil: Evidence of the Globalization of Whiteness

João Bosco, a black businessman in São Paulo, got a nasty shock recently when he showed up for an appointment at a corporation in the city's main financial district. Rather than sign the prearranged contract, he says, the company's white manager insulted him and then showed him the door. "He said 'I thought they were going to send the boss, not the office boy,'" says Mr. Bosco, 47, a personnel consultant, who was so offended he refused to respond. He declined to name the company, which he is suing for racial discrimination. Such stories are common in Brazil, despite the country's self-image as a "racial democracy." The term is enshrined in the Constitution and has long been a source of pride among the country's multiracial population, the result of more than a century of intermarriage among the descendants of African slaves, Portuguese colonizers, and immigrants from throughout the globe. With 44 percent of the country's 170 million people claiming African descent, Brazil has the world's second-largest black population after Nigeria. But recent studies show that skin color continues to play a major role in determining Brazilians' access to jobs and education. Blacks earn less than half that of white Brazilians with the same educational background, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, a government research organization. Even more striking: only 2 percent of Brazil's three-million college students are black, according to the 2000 government census. A new business college in São Paulo is working to change that. By reserving 50 percent of its seats for black students, the Zumbi dos Palmares University of Citizenship seeks to train entrepreneurs like Mr. Bosco to compete in the white-dominated corporate world. Read the complete story. Read the complete story.

Study Says White Families' Wealth Advantage Has Grown

Associated Press, Oct. 18, 2004
The enormous wealth gap between white families and black and Hispanic families grew larger after the most recent recession, a private analysis of government data has found. Read the whole article.

White Supremacist Shoots, Kills Five People in Racist Rampage

Family of Shooting Victims Some white people simply go insane when confronted with a world of justice and equality for all. That apparently was what happened to Doug Williams, a white supremacist who had to live in a world where whites were no longer given special privileges or powers. His violent response reminds us of the long history of white violence and lynch law that attempted to keep African Americans and other non-whites in oppressed conditions. But some satisfaction lies in the fact that this time, no mob joined Williams to lynch his victims; rather whites and blacks tried to stop him, and were wounded and killed for their heroism. Eight of the 14 shooting victims were black, including four who were killed. Among those injured were five white men, two black men and two black women. Read the New York Times coverage: "When he overheard a black man complimenting a white woman a couple of years ago on the factory floor, Doug Williams stepped up to the man and, using a racial slur, angrily told him blacks had no business being with blond women, witnesses recalled today. [click here for the full story]

Washington Post article causes national furor over Whiteness Studies

teaching whiteness "It's the suppressed history I'm interested in teaching," says University of Massachusetts professor Arlene Avakian, shown in class on the "social construction" of race, with students Natalis Forte, left, and Kate Rodriguez. We've been getting  a number of letters, some not very friendly, as a result of recent publicity given to Whiteness Studies by the media. Read the article from the June 20 Post
 Photo Credit: James Schaffer - For The Washington Post  

graph More breaking news:

The Great 'White' Influx
Regardless of color, two-thirds of immigrants choose that designation on census replies. For some, it's synonymous with America.
Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
July 31 2002
Zarmina Khalili says she never considered herself white until she moved to the United States 15 years ago.
Race was a nonissue in her native Afghanistan, she said. There, the basic distinctions were tribal, between Tajiks and Pashtuns. Khalili knew where she stood: She was a Tajik.
In America, it wasn't so clear. The census forms that came in the mail asked Khalili, 42, a Canoga Park homemaker, to place herself in one of six racial categories. She picked "white." Though she is fair-skinned, it wasn't entirely a matter of color, she said.
She regarded white as synonymous with American, with belonging, with fitting in. Click here to read the rest of this article.....